December 6th, 2016
First Quarter Moon
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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…

Thomas

Night Vision: A Century of General Relativity

A century ago, Albert Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity, which radically changed our understanding of gravity. Einstein proposed that gravity results from the curvature of a blend of space and time that is today appropriately called space-time. Space-time…

Amy Oliver

“We are Stars” Survey Preview

Just like Clark Planetarium, other planetariums around the world also have animation staff who make content for dome theatres. And sometimes, we bring those shows into our planetarium. Please help us decide whether “We Are Stars” should join our show…

Duke Johnson

Night Vision: Robotic Explorers

Robotic explorers sent to the far reaches of our solar system enable us to appreciate the wonders that abound without actually going to these special places. Journeys through space to hazardous places are currently impossible for humans, but radiation hardened…

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision: Venus

Venus, the second planet from the Sun, is sometimes referred to as our sister planet, due to its similarity in size and density to Earth. But in many important respects, this inhospitable planet is nothing like the planet we call…