April 17th, 2014
Waning Gibbous Moon
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Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Jan 4 – The Seven Sisters!

Be sure and join us Saturday, January 4 at 6:45 pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre for one the most popular topics of the year: The Pleiades Star Cluster (popularly known as “The Seven Sisters“).

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Dec. 7 – The Andromeda Galaxy

Last month we saw how The Great Square of Pegasus can serve as an ideal guidepost to finding other bright stars and deep sky objects in the Autumn sky.

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Nov 2 – Pegasus Returns

On Saturday, Nov. 2 our next “Gateway to the Stars” presentation will feature the prime guidepost to the Autumn skies: “The Great Square of Pegasus.”

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Jan 5 – Star Clusters Galore!

It may be the darkest and coldest time of the year but it’s also the time to delight in some of the most beautiful stars of the entire sky.

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Dec. 1st – The Pleiades

Our next “Gateway to the Stars” program will be held this Saturday, Dec 1 at 6:45 pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre.

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars September 1st: Star Clusters Galore!

The late summer is an awesome time for star gazing. The skies are typically clear, dry and warm – perfect conditions for seeing many a deep sky wonders.

Richard

The Venus Transit Pre-show: A Partial Lunar Eclipse

With all of the excitement surrounding the Venus transit on the afternoon/evening of Tuesday, June 5th, I fear another interesting event in the sky is being overshadowed (pun definitely intended): a partial lunar eclipse the day before. Certainly, the Venus…

Richard

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2012

The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 11 pm, MDT, on Saturday, April 21st, 2012. While not a particulary great shower, with a peak prediction of only 20 meteors per hour, this shower is more interesting this year for two…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” on January 7

We may have passed the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21, when the sun takes its lowest path across the sky) and the “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun” (Dec. 25, when the ancient Romans first noticed the sun’s path climbing higher again),…

Richard

Day of Lammas, a Forgotten Crossquarter Day

I was wondering why I didn’t want to get in the pool yesterday… August 1st each year marks a traditional ‘cross-quarter day’ known as the Day of Lammas. It is when the first loaves are baked from the first wheat…