Chasing the Aurora – **Member Only Event

“Chase” the northern lights across Norway with accomplished astrophotographer and Clark Planetarium Education Manager, Duke Johnson, on Wednesday, June 18. Covering hundreds of miles a day and braving rain, snow and sleet, Duke “chased” the northern lights. This member only event will give you a chance to explore the aurora borealis through Duke’s photos of this natural display of light.

Please RSVP for one of Duke’s two presentations in the Hansen Dome Theatre at either 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. While you’re here we invite you to take part in Science on a Sphere (SOS) demonstrations in the lobby from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It is an exclusive opportunity for members to see the programming that is offered to school groups on the SOS. This night only, members are invited to take advantage of a special 20% discount in the store and 10% off telescopes and accessories.

Photo Credit: Duke Johnson / Desert Skies Photography

Photo Credit: Duke Johnson / Desert Skies Photography

Two new exhibits will also be opening this evening with planetarium staff available to answer questions about the exhibits. Swing a pendulum at the Finding Black Holes exhibit to detect the presence of these unseen objects in much the same way that they are found in space by astronomers when observing the effects of black holes on nearby stars or gas to infer their existence. Interact with Seeing the Unseen (Infrared Exhibit) to see heat in a variety of ways. Modify your own heat signature by using hot or cold objects and see it all projected on a large screen.

For questions or to RSVP for this event email Carl Malaret, Events & Membership Coordinator, at with your preferred aurora presentation time and the number of people in your group.

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