August 30th, 2015
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Duke Johnson

Night Vision: Earth’s Moon

Earth’s Moon: Home to a mysterious man. Changer of men into werewolves and bats. Possible source of infinite green cheese. Subject of love songs, love stories, and tragedies. Keeper of time. Catalyst for exploration. For centuries, our Moon has inspired…

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision: Robotic Explorers

Not all exploring is done by human space travelers. NASA and the other space agencies of the world continue to explore our solar system, traveling to exotic planets and moons where no man has gone before, increasing our knowledge and…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Glorious Galaxies

In this week’s installment of our Night Vision live lecture series, we take a look at the gigantic cosmic structures known as galaxies. Imagine that our solar system has a house in the suburbs, and the Sun is the light…

Johnny Rasmussen

Night Vision: Saturn

Looking southward in the night sky, it can be easy to spot Saturn among the stars.  Ever since we turned our telescopes to the sixth planet, we have fallen in love with this beautiful world.

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars September 2015: Bad Moon Rising

It is the very error of the moon: She comes more nearer earth than she was wont, And makes men mad. William Shakespeare, Othello (c. 1603) The Moon has fascinated men for ages, but has been enjoying a recent resurgence of interest.…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars August 2015: Prime-time for the Milky Way

In this month’s Gateway to the Stars, we bring the Milky Way into its much-deserved limelight. Personally, the summertime appearance of the Milky Way’s central core is the most breathtaking thing I’ve ever seen in the night sky, and that’s…

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision, July 9: Notorious Nebulae!

The word “notorious” means “famous or wellknown, typically for some bad quality or deed.” If nebulae are not wellknown to you, join us on Thursday, July 9th, and become acquainted with some nebulae that are “wellknown” and “famous” among astronomers.

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars July 2015: Prodigious Planets

In the month of July, the planets have a lot in store for us, and in this month’s Gateway to the Stars show we’ll bring it all to life under our high-resolution digital dome theater! If you’ve been watching the…

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision July 2: Jupiter

Carl Sagan called it “a star that failed.” It’s bigger than all of the other planets in our solar system combined.  Big enough that, if it were hollow, Earth would fit inside more than 1,000 times.

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision June 25th and 27th: Exoplanets

“For there is a single general space, a single vast immensity which we may freely call Void; in it are innumerable globes like this one on which we live and grow.” -Giordano Bruno, 1584