August 30th, 2016
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Duke Johnson

Night Vision: Chasing the Aurora

In two different years, near peak solar activity, I had the good fortune of being able to travel to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territory and then Tromso, Norway in search of the aurora. Conditions tested our little expedition and our…

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 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

Night Vision: Human Spaceflight

Imagine the state of the world, and the state of science, in 1640. Galileo Galilei was in his last years, blind, and under house arrest for his view of the solar system, and Isaac Newton had not yet been born. But…

Amy Oliver

FREE EVENT: Celebrating Women in Space Science and Engineering

50% of the newest class of NASA astronauts is female. 26% of the astronaut corps at NASA is female. 25% of the New Horizons mission team at NASA was female. And the number of women in space science and engineering…

Night Vision: Glorious Galaxies

During the first two weeks of January 1610, Galileo pointed a telescope approximately 1.5 inches in diameter up at the night sky and observed, among other things, some of the never-ending number of stars that make up the Milky Way…

Thomas

Night Vision: Saturn

A bright globe surrounded by glittering rings deep in the reaches of the solar system. Inspiring, beautiful, and mysterious, is it any wonder that Saturn is referred to as the “Jewel of the Heavens”? Adorned with these rings that can…

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…

Night Vision: Reason for the Seasons

Ah, Salt Lake City–too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, never quite just right. Here at the end of the year, the days are shorter, the sun is low in the sky and the snow and ice…

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…