November 21st, 2014
New Moon
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Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” July 5: What’s In The Summer Sky?

The summer night skies hold many astronomical treasures, and the warmer weather makes it more comfortable to observe them for longer periods of time.

Mike Murray

“Supervolcanoes” in the Hansen Dome Theatre

Erupting in the Hansen Dome Theatre on May 23 is Supervolcanoes.

Seth Jarvis

Listening to the Planets

You can’t use your sense of smell to explore Jupiter, you can’t use your tongue to taste the Great Nebula in Orion, and you can’t use your sense of touch to feel the texture of the rapidly spinning pulsar at…

Richard

June Night Sky Calendar

Ahh, June. Summer begins, nights are warm, skies are mostly clear. It’s a great month for stargazing. Here are some highlights for the month. June 1st: The New Moon is on June 1st, occurring at 3:03 pm, MDT. With no…

Seth Jarvis

Set your alarm clock!

Make a point to be up before dawn at least once in the next several days.  The eastern sky has something to show you.

Robert Bigelow

Greatest elongation times two

Now is the time to see Venus and Mercury! Venus is at greatest elongation on Saturday, January 8 and Mercury is at greatest elongation on Sunday, January 9.

Richard

4 planets visible in the evening sky this week

Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn are all visible in the evening skies this week. Mercury will be  the most difficult to see, being only about 20 degrees away from the Sun at the beginning of the week, and 23 degrees…

Richard

Great Week for Planet Watching

This week (May 10-16, 2010) and the coming weekend is an excellent time to go outside and find the ecliptic in the sky. You don’t need a telescope or even a pair of binoculars. A lot of backyard astronomy can be done by just…

Robert Bigelow

Mercury Rising

Have you ever seen the smallest planet? No, I don’t mean Pluto. It’s now a dwarf planet. I mean the planet Mercury. If you haven’t, now is your chance. Of the five planets that can be seen with the unaided…

Robert Bigelow

“Mister” Sol’s neighborhood

The New Horizons spacecraft is on its way to Pluto. It left Earth back in January 2006. Now it is almost halfway between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus. When will it reach Pluto? Not until July 2015. Why so…