December 5th, 2016
Waxing Crescent Moon
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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…

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…

Night Vision: Reason for the Seasons

Ah, Salt Lake City–too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, never quite just right. We’re heading into summer now, so the sun is high in the sky, the days are long and bright, and we can all…

Johnny Rasmussen

Night Vision: Exoplanets

It has been nearly 25 years since we first discovered a planet outside of our solar system. Now we have discovered more than a thousand worlds, with the potential to discover thousands more.  We have discovered several brilliant ways to…

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Special Night Vision: Cassini’s Mission to Saturn with Bill Dunford

NASA’s Cassini mission is exploring the planet Saturn, its stunning rings, and its collection of weird and wonderful moons. Cassini sends home breathtaking pictures almost daily, and its team of scientists announce intriguing scientific discoveries on a regular basis. Find…

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…