February 20th, 2017
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Robert Bigelow

Night Vision: Observing the Sky as an Astronomer

Many people mistakenly believe that they must own a telescope to get started in astronomy. In reality, there are many astronomical phenomena that are observable with a tool you already own: your eyes. These include stars and constellations and how…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Uranus & Neptune

In this week’s Night Vision, we’ll explore our solar system’s outer ice giants: The planets Uranus* and Neptune. While the nearer planets are easy for anyone to find in the sky, these distant and still-mysterious planets were only detected after…

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…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Space Technology Spinoffs

Dear reader, If you’re viewing this, we probably share many sympathies for astronomy and space flight. I mean, if you’re reading a newsletter for an astronomy museum, I’m probably preaching to the choir to say, “Holy cow, oh-wow-oh-wow-oh-wow human beings in…

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision: Observing the Sky as an Astronomer

Many people may have a mistaken assumption that they need to own a telescope to get started in astronomy. In reality, there are many astronomical phenomena that are observable with just the eyes. These include; stars and constellations and how…

Amy Oliver

Ready Set Relaunch Party

Ready to “Relaunch” with Clark Planetarium? Join us Saturday, October 22, 2016 for good fun, food and prizes! We’ll be giving away prizes randomly in every show of the day, so don’t miss out on this awesome experience and chance…

Brandon Crowley

Night Vision: Exoplanets

In August, scientists from the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of a planet orbiting our Sun’s closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri. Although this planet still holds many mysteries, the limited information that we’ve gathered about Proxima b suggests a…

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision: Mars

Mars has always occupied a special place in our imaginations. Storytellers from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Ridley Scott have woven tales about the exotic red planet, causing us to dream of going there. From the early days of Giovanni Sciaperelli’s…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Notorious Nebulae

Recently the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced a remarkable accomplishment: using their Very Large Telescope (VLT) facility in Chile – which is possibly the only ground-based telescope that can make Hubble sweat a little – the ESO captured the deepest look at…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars August 2016: Dance planets, dance!

The sky has some lovely treats for us in August! We’re eagerly anticipating the return of the yearly Perseid meteor shower, which regularly occurs in mid-August. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers of the year, and it will…