September 27th, 2016
Waning Crescent Moon
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Rob Morris

Night Vision: Archaeoastronomy

What is Archeoastronomy? Honestly, if you started imagining the last Indiana Jones movie, you are in the neighborhood of correct. But unlike that horrible mess, I’m going to show you some pretty cool ways that the people on our planet studied…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars April 2016

This month in Gateway to the Stars, we give a fond farewell to the bright constellations of Winter. As Orion, Gemini, and Taurus begin to drift out of view, we can turn our attention to the emerging Spring and Summer constellations…

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision: Earth’s Moon

The Moon has always fascinated us, from ancient times as the subject of legend, to the Apollo Moon landings of the late 20th century, when it became the subject of mankind’s greatest adventure to date.

Thomas

Night Vision: Pluto

It has been just over half a year since humanity’s first visit to Pluto. In the first few days we sat on edge waiting for the images that would finally show us this mysterious world. Since then, the New Horizons spacecraft has…

Special Guest

Activities & Special Night Vision Presentation | Worlds Without End: The Amazing Variety of Alien Planets

Clark Planetarium invites the general public, animation and gaming students, and the general public to join us for a fun afternoon and evening of free and low-cost activities on March 25th, 2016. You’ll already be in Downtown Salt Lake City…

Amy Oliver

Night Vision: Reasons for the Seasons

Punxsutawney Phil is a liar (maybe) and whether you think the groundhog lied to you this year or not, the Spring Equinox is coming, and that means two things: it’s time for a reminder about how the seasons work, and…

Brandon Crowley

Night Vision: Jupiter

Jupiter is the biggest, heaviest, and most successful planet in our solar system. It might not have the prettiest rings or the ability to support life, but it’s got it where it counts: fascinating moons, vivid coloration, and a delightful…

Duke Johnson

Night Vision: Chasing the Aurora

In two different years, near peak solar activity, I had the good fortune of being able to travel to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territory and then Tromso, Norway in search of the aurora. Conditions tested our little expedition and our…

Special Guest

Special Night Vision Presentation | Where it All Started: The First Planet Images from Spacecraft

Last July, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto and sent back stunning pictures of the surface. This event, coincidentally, fell on the 50th anniversary of the first flyby spacecraft to take images of another planet: Mariner 4 at Mars.

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars February 2016

One of the central purposes of Gateway to the Stars is to dispense practical advice for those interested in using telescopes and/or binoculars to study the night sky (and sometimes the daytime sky, too). That’s especially important this month because…