February 10th, 2016
Waxing Crescent Moon
Robert Bigelow

Leonid Meteors Versus the Moon

The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak about 10:00 a.m. MST on Sunday, November 17.

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…


Geminid Meteor Shower 2010

The Geminid meteor shower peaks in the early morning hours of Tuesday, 14 December, 2010 (4 am, MST). The Moon is a day past 1st quarter, meaning it will set around 2 am, making meteor watching in the pre-dawn hours…


Orionid Meteor Shower 2010

The Orionid meteor shower peaks on Thursday morning, October 21st, 2010, at 10:00 am, MDT. Best viewing would be the nights of the 20th and 21st. The predicted peak rate for the Orionids is 20 meteors per hour. Unfortuantely, a full moon on…

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…


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…


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…

Duke Johnson

Fireball Feedback

Wow! What a fireball. It’s the buzz that surrounds this event that has everyone clambering for more information. As we try to answer people’s questions, we’ve gathered some of the most reliable data available at this point. We know that…

Seth Jarvis

Evaporating Comets

This week’s Cosmic Quiz winner is Mary Newland, who asked, “Every year I like to watch the Perseids meteor shower. If the meteors are continually being shed, why does the comet not cease to exist?” That is a great question! As…


Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower, May 5th

The night of May 5 through the early morning hours of May 6th will be the best time to see the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. This meteor shower results from none other than Halley’s comet, last seen passing by in…