November 28th, 2015
Waning Gibbous Moon

“Gateway to the Stars” Feb 7 – Start with Orion!

This is the time of year when Orion the Hunter is at its prime. Orion is one of most recognizable constellations of the entire sky because it has a distinctive shape of bright stars, most notably the three Belt Stars.  The Hunter is…

“Gateway to the Stars” January 3 – The Winter Star Clusters

The stars of January burn cold and bright, but it’s also a time to see some of the sky’s most beautiful star clusters. Many of these tight collections of stars require a telescope to see in detail but you might…

“Gateway to the Stars” Feb 1 – Orion and The Pleiades

February is a great month to see two of the most recognizable objects in the night sky: the constellation of Orion the Hunter and The Pleiades Star Cluster.

“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“).

“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.

Seth Jarvis

Venus & Pleiades align tonight!

Tonight the planet Venus looks like it’s joined the Pleiades Star Cluster. The light from the stars in this cluster takes about 400 years to get to your eyes, while the light from Venus only requires about five minutes to…

“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),…

Special “Gateway to the Stars” on Jan. 8

“Greetings fellow star gazers!” as the late Jack Horkheimer would say. Jack was the host of the TV show “Star Gazer” for over 30 years, based out of Miami until recently passing away. One of the reasons I wanted to…