May 28th, 2015
Waxing Gibbous Moon
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Seth Jarvis

Bundle-Up and Grab the Binoculars for Another Comet Lovejoy!

There’s a comet in the southern skies these days that you stand a good chance of seeing if you have a decent pair of binoculars, cooperative weather and a dark sky at around 10:00 PM.

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” January 3 – The Winter Star Clusters

The stars of January burn cold and bright, but it’s also a time to see some of the sky’s most beautiful star clusters. Many of these tight collections of stars require a telescope to see in detail but you might…

Mike Murray

“Night Vision” Dec 11 & 13 – The Geminid Meteor Shower

Join us in the Hansen Dome Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 13, for a special look at the Geminid Meteor Shower! Every year around Dec. 13 – 14 we experience the peak of one of the year’s…

Seth Jarvis

Twinkle, twinkle little… STOP DOING THAT!

Astronomers go to considerable effort building telescopes capable of capturing the drizzle of light from objects billions of light years distant, but during the last few miles of their cosmic journey these precious photons are smeared around by our ever-turbulent…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Dec. 6 – A Season of Sights!

This month’s edition of “Gateway to the Stars” will be hosted by our very own Nick Jarvis, Presenter Extraordinaire for the Hansen Dome Theatre.  Nick has been an integral part of this show series through his visual production work, and…

Mike Murray

Landing on a Comet!

After a 10-year roundabout journey through the inner solar system, the Rosetta spacecraft has made history two times over. Space probes have flown past comets before and even shot impactors into them, but this is the first time we’ve succeeded…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Nov. 1 – Pegasus and Andromeda

Two of the most famous Autumn constellations are now high in the sky - Pegasus the Flying Horse and Andromeda the Maiden. It’s best to start with “The Great Square of Pegasus” because its bright stars and recognizable shape make for an excellent…

Amy Oliver

Partial Eclipse Took a Big Bite Out of the Sun!

Clark Planetarium staff had a blast watching the Partial Eclipse take a big bite out of the Sun on October 23, 2014. It was even better because we got to share it with people from all over the Salt Lake…

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…