February 12th, 2016
Waxing Crescent Moon
Seth Jarvis

Bundle-Up and Grab the Binoculars for Another Comet Lovejoy!

There’s a comet in the southern skies these days that you stand a good chance of seeing if you have a decent pair of binoculars, cooperative weather and a dark sky at around 10:00 PM.

Landing on a Comet!

After a 10-year roundabout journey through the inner solar system, the Rosetta spacecraft has made history two times over. Space probes have flown past comets before and even shot impactors into them, but this is the first time we’ve succeeded…

Seth Jarvis

Farewell Comet ISON, We Hardly Knew Ye

Comet ISON’s 15 minutes of fame have come and gone. Come from… where?  Gone to… where?

Violent Universe opens February 18

Experience intense cosmic destruction from the safety of our Hansen Dome Theatre. Clark Planetarium’s newest feature, Violent Universe: Catastrophes of the Cosmos, is a sure fit for those who enjoy the splendid beauty of our cosmic surroundings paired with explosive…

Robert Bigelow

A comet double take

On October 20th Comet Hartley 2 will pass by Earth at a distance of about 11 million miles. Even though this is close in astronomical terms, the comet is small. So, it will appear very dim to Earth-bound observers. If…

Robert Bigelow

Return of the Perseids

One of the most reliable and memorable meteor showers of the year will peak on August 12.  That’s when the Earth will collide with a stream of particles left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle. While these particles will hit Earth’s upper…


Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower, May 6th

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 1:00 am, MDT, on Thursday, May 6th, 2010. Predicted activity at peak is 60 meteors per hour. The Eta Aquarids are result of the Earth passing through the debris field left behind comet…


Geminid Meteor Shower

The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks at 10:00 pm, MST, on Sunday, December 13th; with a predicted peak rate of 120 meteors per hour. With New Moon on the 16th, there will be no moonlight to wash out the sky, making…