November 27th, 2015
Waning Gibbous Moon
Robert Bigelow

Night Vision, April 30: Mercury and the End of the MESSENGER Mission

On April 30, NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will impact the surface of the planet Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. After more than four years of studying this planet from orbit, the…

“Gateway to the Stars” April 4 – The Spring Guidepost

The nights are getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the stars are confirming the change of season. We can tell because the “Spring constellations” are climbing a little higher into the eastern sky each night.

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision, April 2: Uranus and Neptune

Five planets in our solar system are easily visible in the night sky with the unaided eye. Currently, Venus, Mars and Jupiter can be seen in the evening while Saturn is visible in the early morning. Mercury will make an…

“Night Vision” March 19 & 21 – New Horizons: On Pluto’s Doorstep!

The New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006 and became the fastest spacecraft ever to leave the Earth. After picking up still more energy with a flyby of Jupiter in 2007, the probe topped speeds of over 52,000 miles per hour.…

“Gateway to the Stars” March 7 – Bright Stars & Planets!

The skies of late Winter are abound with brilliant stars that can help us pinpoint other stars and deep sky wonders. These celestial gems serve as guideposts so we can find objects with binoculars and telescopes, or even just the…

“Gateway to the Stars” Feb 7 – Start with Orion!

This is the time of year when Orion the Hunter is at its prime. Orion is one of most recognizable constellations of the entire sky because it has a distinctive shape of bright stars, most notably the three Belt Stars.  The Hunter is…

“Night Vision” Jan 31: The Glorious Galaxies

On Saturday, January 31 we’ll take a special journey in the Hansen Dome Theatre to the largest entities in the universe: the galaxies.

“Dark Universe” Opens January 16 in the Hansen Dome Theatre

All the planets, stars, and galaxies we see make up less than five percent of the universe. What is the other 95 percent? Dark Universe examines the invisible dark matter underlying galaxies that, together with dark energy, accounts for the other 95…

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.

“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…