October 31st, 2014
Waxing Gibbous Moon
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Richard

Does the Sun Look a Little Smaller to You? Earth at Aphelion

Ok, so the Sun shouldn’t look any smaller, but it is slightly farther away than usual. The Earth reaches aphelion on Monday, July 4th, 2011. At this time the Earth will be at its farthest distance from the Sun for…

Richard

Summer Solstice 2011

So, here in Salt Lake City we had a record June rain yesterday of over an inch. Today, the high temperature will be in the low 70s (fahrenheit). And summer begins tomorrow!?! Yes, the summer solstice occurs at 11:16 am,…

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…

Richard

Smallest Moon of the Year

Remember a couple weeks ago, March 19th, 2011, and all the hype about a big Full Moon? If you paid attention to the science, you learned (or already knew) that the Moon orbits Earth in a slightly elliptical orbit. This…

Richard

Two Planets, the Moon and a Bright Star

I’m an early riser these days. Didn’t used to be. There was a time when I would routinely stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning. Now, I tend to be done around 11 pm, and I wake up…

Richard

Autumnal equinox 2010

The autumnal equinox occurs at 9:09 PM, MDT, on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. Also known as the fall equinox or September equinox, this event marks the beginning of Fall in the northern hemisphere. At this time the Sun is crossing…

Richard

Planetary grouping continues this week

Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn are all visible in the evening skies this week. Mercury sits alone near the Sun, but Venus, Mars and Saturn are grouping together. Mercury is 25 degrees away from the Sun and 20 degrees away…

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

Give us your feedback on “Starline” and “Skywatch”

Clark Planetarium has provided a weekly phone recording of current night sky observation hints for the past 20 years. This feature, known as the ‘Starline’ or ‘Skywatch’ can also be found in the Astronomy section of our website, www.clarkplanetarium.org/astronomy.html. We now…

Richard

Days become longer with arrival of Winter Solstice

The winter solstice occurs on Monday, December 21st, 2009, at 10:47 am, MST. Solstice means sun stationary. This event marks the time when the sun is at its furthest point south of the celestial equator. The celestial equator is simply…