January 22nd, 2017
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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…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars: June 2016

Let’s talk about summer, baby. Summertime is prime-time for outdoor activities, so you’ll probably have lots of opportunities to look at the sky. When the weather is nice and the nights are warm, it’s easy to stay up a bit to enjoy some stargazing. If…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Space Technology Spinoffs

In this week’s installment of our live Night Vision series, we’ll be looking at “Space Technology Spinoffs,” i.e., technology we employ here on Earth that has been derived from technology we invented for space travel.​ (Unless you believe Agent K, of course.)…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Meteor Showers

In this week’s live Night Vision program we’ll look at meteor showers, from their astronomical causes to practical tips on how to look for them and what to expect.​ With the approach of the Lyrid meteor shower later this month, and the Eta Aquarid meteor shower in…

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

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 January 2016

Season’s greetings! I hope everyone’s found some joy and fulfillment at the solstice, and the myriad celebrations associated with it. As we mentioned last month, winter is particularly special because the region around the famous constellation of Orion happens to have many…