October 30th, 2014
First Quarter Moon
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Richard

2010 Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower peaks at 6:00 pm, MDT, on Thursday, August 12, 2010. Predictions are for a healthy 90 meteors per hour at peak. A waxing crescent Moon will set early and give meteor watchers a good dark sky…

Richard

Planetary grouping continues this week

Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn are all visible in the evening skies this week. Mercury sits alone near the Sun, but Venus, Mars and Saturn are grouping together. Mercury is 25 degrees away from the Sun and 20 degrees away…

Richard

4 planets visible in the evening sky this week

Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn are all visible in the evening skies this week. Mercury will be  the most difficult to see, being only about 20 degrees away from the Sun at the beginning of the week, and 23 degrees…

Jesse Warner

Illusions of the Seasons: Part 2

In our first season’s discussion we learned how the Earth’s distance from the Sun has very little effect on the seasons.  In this discussion, we will dispel another common misconception about the seasons.  Misconception #2:   There are two days in…

Robert Bigelow

Is the Sun directly overhead?

In my March missive on Daylight Saving Time, I mentioned a misconception that is held by some students and possibly some adults as well. A more common misconception concerns the apparent height of the Sun in the sky. When I ask…

Richard

Great Week for Planet Watching

This week (May 10-16, 2010) and the coming weekend is an excellent time to go outside and find the ecliptic in the sky. You don’t need a telescope or even a pair of binoculars. A lot of backyard astronomy can be done by just…

Talia Butler

Tales of the Maya Skies

Clark Planetarium is proud to present  Tales of the Maya Skies as part of the schedule for the Hansen Dome Theatre. Tales of the Maya Skies transports audiences back to the ancient jungles of Mexico, where the Maya built cities…

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars observing series

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.  

Rob Morris

Looking up

As we approach the summer season, the heavens are putting on a show in the evenings.  Spread from west to east across the sky at sunset, we see an array of planets.  Venus will be the brightest of the group,…

Talia Butler

Celebrate the cosmos with Astronomy Day

Join Clark Planetarium, the University of Utah and Salt Lake Astronomical Society (SLAS) on Saturday, April 24, 2010 to celebrate Astronomy Day, a nationwide celebration of the passion for astronomy. This fun-filled event will give the general public the opportunity…