September 1st, 2014
First Quarter Moon
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Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars May 5 – Galaxies!

This month’s performance of Gateway to the Stars will feature some of the grandest objects in the universe – the “galaxies”!

Duke Johnson

False Kiva Milky Way

After departing Mesa Arch, I arrived at a parking area near the beginning of the path to False Kiva. I surmised that a quick hike to the Kiva would just give me enough time to set up and get aligned.…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” September 3

Our “Gateway to the Stars” show for September will feature numerous objects to see in and around the Milky Way. Summer may be coming to an end on the calendar, but the summer stars will continue to shine prominently for many…

Duke Johnson

The Milky Way over Corona Arch & Mesa Arch

During my trip to the Moab and Canyonlands area, my hope was to capture the Milky Way over both Corona Arch and Mesa Arch while using the moonlight from a waning crescent moon to illuminate the canyon around False Kiva.…

Duke Johnson

Sunrise at Mesa Arch

About 5 years ago, I captured this image in the morning after a good snow storm. I was alone because no one else was stupid enough to drive all night through the storm to get there. You’ll notice the sun…

Mike Murray

August Gateway to the Stars: The Milky Way

This month’s installment of “Gateway to the Stars” in the Hansen Dome Theatre will feature our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Under clear dark skies, August is one of the best times of year to see it. It appears as a…

Duke Johnson

A new (OLD) friend

Several weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Astronomical League Convention in Bryce canyon. The weather was great for observing but I never got to look through a telescope. I wasn’t kept away by any horrible circumstances or…

Seth Jarvis

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

…on the outer edge of a spiral galaxy, home to a hundred billion stars… …a star died. This was no ordinary star.  It was a monster of a star, at least 20 times more massive than our Sun.

Duke Johnson

Up in the night (Ramblings of an astrophotographer)

Welcome to the first of a series of blogs about getting out under the starry sky. It is something that everyone can do—you just have to drive outside the city. My aim is to instill in you some of the…

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars – May edition

This month’s performance of Gateway to the Stars coincides with National Astronomy Day, with the show running at 6:45 pm on Saturday, May 7.  Spring is not only the time for Astronomy Day, but is also the best season for…