November 1st, 2014
Waxing Gibbous Moon
moon
Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Sept 6 – Enjoy the Milky Way!

This is the time of year for exploring the Milky Way and all it has to offer for binoculars and telescopes. The Summer Milky Way is brighter and wider in appearance than the Winter counterpart, mainly because we’re looking in toward the center…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Aug. 2: Star Hopping with The Summer Triangle

One of the best guideposts in the summer sky is “The Summer Triangle,” a large triangle of three bright stars almost directly overhead. 

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“Gateway to the Stars” Jan 4 – The Seven Sisters!

Be sure and join us Saturday, January 4 at 6:45 pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre for one the most popular topics of the year: The Pleiades Star Cluster (popularly known as “The Seven Sisters“).

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Dec. 7 – The Andromeda Galaxy

Last month we saw how The Great Square of Pegasus can serve as an ideal guidepost to finding other bright stars and deep sky objects in the Autumn sky.

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“Gateway to the Stars” Jan 5 – Star Clusters Galore!

It may be the darkest and coldest time of the year but it’s also the time to delight in some of the most beautiful stars of the entire sky.

Mike Murray

Seeing in the Dark: Tales of an Amateur Astronomer

Recently, I had the opportunity to give a presentation on this very subject at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.  It’s a fine museum with splendid displays on paleontology, geology, astronomy, pioneer history, Native American ethnology, photography and…