May 29th, 2016
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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…

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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…

Seth Jarvis

Remembering Challenger 30 Years Later

“Seared into our memory.” There are images of tragedy we experience that are so emotionally devastating our memory of them does not fade with the passage of time. January 28, 1986. Thirty years ago. I was in a coffee shop near Hansen Planetarium,…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Human Spaceflight

Imagine the state of the world, and the state of science, in 1640. Galileo Galilei was in his last years, blind, and under house arrest for his view of the solar system, and Isaac Newton had not yet been born. But…

Robert Bigelow

Planet Watcher’s Alert

Each morning from the last part of January to mid-February, all five planets visible to the unaided eye (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) will appear together in the sky before sunrise, weather permitting. The last time this happened was…

Amy Oliver

FREE EVENT: Celebrating Women in Space Science and Engineering

50% of the newest class of NASA astronauts is female. 26% of the astronaut corps at NASA is female. 25% of the New Horizons mission team at NASA was female. And the number of women in space science and engineering…