November 27th, 2015
Waning Gibbous Moon
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

Jesse Warner

Night Vision June 18 & 20, 2015: Reasons for the Seasons

Summer is upon us. As the Earth orbits the Sun, we have an opportunity to observe the subtle changes each day brings us. It was some of these observations that helped influence the shape and structure of various ancient societies…

Duke Johnson

Night Vision June 11 & 13, 2015: 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…

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision, April 30: Mercury and the End of the MESSENGER Mission

On April 30, NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will impact the surface of the planet Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. After more than four years of studying this planet from orbit, the…

“Gateway to the Stars” April 4 – The Spring Guidepost

The nights are getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the stars are confirming the change of season. We can tell because the “Spring constellations” are climbing a little higher into the eastern sky each night.

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision, April 2: Uranus and Neptune

Five planets in our solar system are easily visible in the night sky with the unaided eye. Currently, Venus, Mars and Jupiter can be seen in the evening while Saturn is visible in the early morning. Mercury will make an…

“Night Vision” March 19 & 21 – New Horizons: On Pluto’s Doorstep!

The New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006 and became the fastest spacecraft ever to leave the Earth. After picking up still more energy with a flyby of Jupiter in 2007, the probe topped speeds of over 52,000 miles per hour.…