February 13th, 2016
Waxing Crescent Moon

A Pink Moon

So, I was noticing on my calendar the other day — I still have a calendar hanging on the wall of my office. Despite the calendars on my computer, desk phone, smartphone, watch and day planner, I still rely very…


Skywatch: A bright Mars in the sky in January

To me, Mars has not been a very interesting planet to observe in the night time sky. Ok, it’s red–really red. But even through a backyard telescope, Mars is just a small red ball. Well, this month (January, 2010) Mars…

Robert Bigelow

December’s Blue Moon?

There are two full moons in December. By modern convention, the second full moon in a calendar month is called a blue moon. So, New Year’s Eve party goers can celebrate a blue moon followed by a New Year. However,…

NASA discovers water on the moon

Just five weeks after the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) impacted the moon in the search for water, NASA scientists have announced the discovery of water on the moon. On Oct. 9, 2009, the LCROSS Centaur upper stage…

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz: How Many Craters?

This week’s Cosmic Quiz winner is Matt Raphael, who asked, “How many craters are on the moon?” The quick and uninteresting answer is, “Too many to count.” Here’s the longer and hopefully more interesting answer:

Crashing into the moon!

It might sound like the latest disaster movie, but it’s for real.  No, the moon isn’t going to crack apart (like in the movie “The Time Machine.”).  It’s a booster rocket and a space probe that will impact the lunar…

DEBUNKING the Great Mars Hoax (again)

It’s August and we’ve been getting calls at Clark Planetarium from people wondering if Mars will appear as large as the Full Moon this month. So goes our yearly battle with the Great Mars Hoax that started in 2003. Each year,…

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz – Flag Waving on the Moon

Joseph Amundsen’s recent Cosmic Quiz Question asks why the flags placed on the moon by the Apollo astronauts appear to be flapping in the wind.

“Flight to the Moon” transports audiences for space exploration

Many of us at Clark Planetarium are excited for the launch of NASA’s LRO/LCROSS unmanned space craft on June 17.  Not just because the prospect of returning to the moon to gather in depth data about the moon’s features is…