September 3rd, 2014
Waxing Gibbous Moon
moon
Seth Jarvis

Like a diamond in the sky…

News organizations are reporting today that astronomers have found a planet made of diamond orbiting a Sun-like star not too far from here. Is this the beginning of a new scientific discipline, the study of Astro-Bling?

Talia Butler

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…

Seth Jarvis

Why are planets spherical?

Anthony Garcia wrote in to ask, “Why are planets perfect spheres, or at least appear to be perfect?” Nature loves spheres. It can’t get enough of them.

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz Quetsion: Is Pluto a planet?

It’s week two of our Clark Planetarium, KUTV-2 Cosmic Quiz and I’m enjoying reading through the many questions we have received. This week’s winner is Ramon Nieto and he wants to know, “Is Pluto a Planet?” Short answer: Not anymore!…

Richard

Mapping the ecliptic

The ecliptic is formally defined in two different ways: 1) the path of the Sun against the background stars; and 2) the plane generated by Earth’s orbit. The solar system (or at least the system of major planets) is actually…