March 23rd, 2017
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Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars: March 2017

Gateway to the Stars is our monthly exploration of the sights in the nighttime sky, as well as the news and hot topics in the field of astronomy, from the latest findings from the JUNO probe at Jupiter, to other…

Night Vision: Jupiter

It’s been known since antiquity, by cultures all over the world, as the mightiest of the planets. At a thousand times the mass of Earth, with an entourage of sixty-seven moons, Jupiter is our grandest neighbor–though it took later observation…

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

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…

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…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars February 2016

One of the central purposes of Gateway to the Stars is to dispense practical advice for those interested in using telescopes and/or binoculars to study the night sky (and sometimes the daytime sky, too). That’s especially important this month because…

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…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars December 2015: Solstice, Meteors, and more

December is upon us! It’s dark, the Sun set before you even left work, your breath steams out of your nose while the frosty ground crunches under your feet, and the overnight low temperature will be about 20 °F. So… now let’s sit outdoors under the…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars November 2015: Marvelous Meteors

When you’re stargazing throughout the year, your experience will differ depending on the season. From our place in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer gives us lovely warm nights and a spectacular view along the Milky Way while Winter features some of the brightest…