May 1st, 2017
Waxing Crescent Moon
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Amy Oliver

Night Vision: Comets and Meteor Showers

Imagine, if you can, back ~5 billion years to the beginnings of the solar system: a giant, diffuse cloud of dust and gas collapsed, resulting in the formation of our solar system and everything in it. Not a very romantic way to…

Night Vision: Reason for the Seasons

Ah, Salt Lake City–too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, never quite just right. We’re heading into summer now, so the sun is high in the sky, the days are long and bright, and we can all…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Meteor Showers

In this week’s live Night Vision program we’ll look at meteor showers, from their astronomical causes to practical tips on how to look for them and what to expect.​ With the approach of the Lyrid meteor shower later this month, and the Eta Aquarid meteor shower in…

Night Vision: Space Telescopes

In 1978 Congress approved the budget for the the LST (Large Space Telescope) that would eventually become the Hubble Space Telescope. At that same time a program was proposed as, ”A Strategy for Space Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 1980′s,” forever…

Duke Johnson

Night Vision: Robotic Explorers

Robotic explorers sent to the far reaches of our solar system enable us to appreciate the wonders that abound without actually going to these special places. Journeys through space to hazardous places are currently impossible for humans, but radiation hardened…

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision: Venus

Venus, the second planet from the Sun, is sometimes referred to as our sister planet, due to its similarity in size and density to Earth. But in many important respects, this inhospitable planet is nothing like the planet we call…