August 30th, 2016
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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…

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…

Special Guest

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…

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision: Robotic Exploration

While the Apollo astronauts took three days to reach the Moon, a trip to another planet in our solar system takes many months or many years. These travel times highlight the need to send robots instead of people to explore…

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

Gateway to the Stars May 2016

Gateway to the Stars is our recurring, monthly live show in which we point out the best sights in the sky over the course of the year. Of course, this month, we’re excitedly awaiting Mercury’s rare transit across the Sun…

Amy Oliver

Night Vision: Comets

Imagine, if you can, back about 4.6 million years to the beginnings of the universe: a giant, diffuse cloud of dust and gas collapsed, resulting in the formation of our solar system and everything in it. Not a very romantic way to…