July 25th, 2016
Waning Gibbous Moon
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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…

Holly Anderson

Night Vision: Mars

Mars is there, and waiting to be reached. -Buzz Aldrin Science and science fiction have always been centered on getting to the “great beyond,” but lately these fields have been focused on one “beyond” in particular: Mars.

Amy Oliver

The Hansen to Clark Legacy: Celebrating 50 Years of Salt Lake City’s Planetarium

On Thanksgiving Day in 1965, the doors of the old Salt lake City Public Library building at 15 So. State Street in Downtown Salt Lake City opened again, but with a new purpose and a new promise: to enlighten the…