April 20th, 2014
Waning Gibbous Moon
moon
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.

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars is June 11 this month

This month’s installment of Gateway to the Stars will take place in the Hansen Dome Theatre on Saturday, June 11 at 6:45 p.m. instead of the normal first Saturday of the month. That’s because our annual Racing to the Stars…

Robert Bigelow

Observing Mercury, far and near

A milestone in the exploration of the planet Mercury will occur during the best evening opportunity to observe this planet during 2011. On March 17, the MESSENGER spacecraft will go where no spacecraft has gone before, into orbit around Mercury.…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” March program

As we look for great objects in the night sky to practice our observing skills on, what are some of the best examples for late Winter and early Spring? Last month we focused a lot on the constellation of “Orion,…

Jesse Warner

Dark Sky Presentation

Remember when you were young, looking up into the night sky? How many stars did you see? Have you ever tried to count them? Look up in the sky tonight. Can you still see as many stars? You may notice…

Robert Bigelow

International Observe the Moon Night

On September 18, 2010 amateur astronomers, educators, scientists and the general public will celebrate International Observe the Moon Night by observing and learning more about our nearest neighbor. 

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…

Robert Bigelow

Is the Sun directly overhead?

In my March missive on Daylight Saving Time, I mentioned a misconception that is held by some students and possibly some adults as well. A more common misconception concerns the apparent height of the Sun in the sky. When I ask…

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars observing series

Ever wondered how to observe deep space objects with a telescope?  Or what you can see in binoculars?  Join Clark Planetarium for a unique tour of the sky through the eyes of a practiced amateur astronomer.  

Rob Morris

Looking up

As we approach the summer season, the heavens are putting on a show in the evenings.  Spread from west to east across the sky at sunset, we see an array of planets.  Venus will be the brightest of the group,…