Gateway to the Stars observing series

Mike Murray

Ever wondered how to observe deep space objects with a telescope?  Or what you can see in binoculars?  Join Clark Planetarium for a unique tour of the sky through the eyes of a practiced amateur astronomer.  “Gateway to the Stars” is a new lecture series hosted by Clark Planetarium Programs Manager and veteran stargazer, Mike Murray, that will help audiences better understand and enjoy the night sky and discover many of its hidden wonders.Mike

Beginning June 5, 2010 at 6:45 p.m., “Gateway to the Stars”  will highlight some of the most prominent objects in the night sky each month, using them as examples to teach observing techniques that will help maximize the stargazing experience.

Audiences will learn to navigate using basic techniques involved in stargazing and finding their way around the night sky by becoming familiarized with stars and constellations, planets and other galactic objects visible to the naked eye. Viewers will also learn to explore deep sky objects like double stars, star clusters, nebulas and galaxies to gain insight and perspective on the different components of our universe.

This innovative and interactive experience combines the most recent technology, space imagery and current night sky information to give viewers a truly out of this world experience.  “Gateway to the Stars” begins on Saturday, June 5, at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets for the lecture series are free for Clark Planetarium members. Tickets for the general public are just $1 each or $2 0nline. “Gateway to the Stars” will be featured the first Saturday of every month in the Hansen Dome Theatre at 6:45 p.m.  Additional information and tickets can be found online.

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3 thoughts on “Gateway to the Stars observing series

  1. Mike,

    I’m a nighttime scenic photographer, wanting to learn more about where things are as they move across the nightime sky. Is there any other helpful shows I can catch while waiting for the Gateway to the Stars, next month. It sounds like that one would be most helpful to me.

    Thanks,

    Bill Tucker

  2. Hi Bill,
    Our Night Vision program would be a good option for you. It is a live narrated show about current events in the night sky. Because it is live like Gateway to the Stars, you’ll have an opportunity to ask our show presenters specific questions about what’s visible this time of year.

    Night Vision plays at 6:45 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Note: On 9/16, we will be closed for a private event.

    If you have any other questions, let us know!

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