May 22nd, 2015
Waxing Crescent Moon
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Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” April 4 – The Spring Guidepost

The nights are getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the stars are confirming the change of season. We can tell because the “Spring constellations” are climbing a little higher into the eastern sky each night.

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” March 7 – Bright Stars & Planets!

The skies of late Winter are abound with brilliant stars that can help us pinpoint other stars and deep sky wonders. These celestial gems serve as guideposts so we can find objects with binoculars and telescopes, or even just the…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Feb 7 – Start with Orion!

This is the time of year when Orion the Hunter is at its prime. Orion is one of most recognizable constellations of the entire sky because it has a distinctive shape of bright stars, most notably the three Belt Stars.  The Hunter is…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” January 3 – The Winter Star Clusters

The stars of January burn cold and bright, but it’s also a time to see some of the sky’s most beautiful star clusters. Many of these tight collections of stars require a telescope to see in detail but you might…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Dec. 6 – A Season of Sights!

This month’s edition of “Gateway to the Stars” will be hosted by our very own Nick Jarvis, Presenter Extraordinaire for the Hansen Dome Theatre.  Nick has been an integral part of this show series through his visual production work, and…

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“Gateway to the Stars” Nov. 1 – Pegasus and Andromeda

Two of the most famous Autumn constellations are now high in the sky - Pegasus the Flying Horse and Andromeda the Maiden. It’s best to start with “The Great Square of Pegasus” because its bright stars and recognizable shape make for an excellent…

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“Gateway to the Stars” Oct 4: Autumn Sky Wonders

The stars of “The Summer Triangle” are still prominent in the western sky but as we progress into autumn, another asterism will serve as our “pointer” for the new season.

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” July 5: What’s In The Summer Sky?

The summer night skies hold many astronomical treasures, and the warmer weather makes it more comfortable to observe them for longer periods of time.

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars June 7: A Big Dipper Star Hop

This is the time of year when the familiar stars of the Big Dipper are highest in the north, which makes this group an excellent guidepost to other stars and Deep Sky Objects.