October 24th, 2014
Waxing Crescent Moon
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Seth Jarvis

Partial Solar Eclipse Ready for a Closeup on October 23, 2014

The Moon receives sunlight, and because of that it casts a shadow. Most of the time the Moon’s shadow falls on absolutely nothing (that’s why it’s called “space”) and no one gives it a second thought. Occasionally (about twice a…

Robert Bigelow

“Night Vision” October 23 and 25: Mars Rovers

The twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity arrived on the surface of Mars in January 2004. One of the requirements of mission success was that each rover continue to function for at least 90 Martian days. While Spirit ceased functioning in…

Mike Murray

“Night Vision” Sept 27: Notorious Nebulae!

Every week we run a special program in the Hansen Dome Theatre called “Night Vision.”

Tiny Galaxies, Big Black Holes

Join us for a special Night Vision with guest lecturer, Dr. Anil Seth to learn about supermassive black holes.

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Sept 6 – Enjoy the Milky Way!

This is the time of year for exploring the Milky Way and all it has to offer for binoculars and telescopes. The Summer Milky Way is brighter and wider in appearance than the Winter counterpart, mainly because we’re looking in toward the center…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Aug. 2: Star Hopping with The Summer Triangle

One of the best guideposts in the summer sky is “The Summer Triangle,” a large triangle of three bright stars almost directly overhead. 

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” July 5: What’s In The Summer Sky?

The summer night skies hold many astronomical treasures, and the warmer weather makes it more comfortable to observe them for longer periods of time.

Robert Bigelow

Summer Solstice 2014

While most schools are already out for summer vacation, summer in the Northern Hemisphere does not officially begin until Saturday, June 21 at 4:51 a.m., Mountain Daylight Time (MST.)

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars June 7: A Big Dipper Star Hop

This is the time of year when the familiar stars of the Big Dipper are highest in the north, which makes this group an excellent guidepost to other stars and Deep Sky Objects.

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” May 3: Gateways to the Galaxies!

This month’s performance of Gateway to the Stars on Saturday, May 3 will feature the grandest objects in the universe – the “galaxies.”