Category: Mark Breen

Backyard Meteorology

Backyard Meteorology

Posted: February 18, 2020| Categories: Learning, Mark Breen, Programs and Events, Weather, What's Happening

Starting March 19, this 3-part series covers weather basics with Senior Meteorologist Mark Breen. Ever wonder how meteorologists make weather forecasts that that can influence the ways we travel, grow our gardens, and prepare for the day? Mark Breen helps you develop the skills to identify, observe, and record… Read More
February Astronomy

February Astronomy

Posted: February 3, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Orion dominates our February evenings, striding mid-way up from the southern horizon by 8 o’clock, accompanied by the brightest star in our night skies, Sirius, below and left of Orion, marking the nose of the Great Dog. High in the south, Taurus, the Bull charges at Orion, as the Big… Read More
January Astronomy

January Astronomy

Posted: January 7, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The winter stars feature the brightest collection of the year. Orion becomes the center of attention, with his three belt stars drawing a line to the right, pointing to the red star Aldebaran, the “eye” of Taurus, the Bull. To the left, Orion’s Belt leads to the rising star Sirius… Read More
December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: December 2, 2019| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, Skywatch Almanac Weather, What's Happening

The longest nights of the year welcome the return of Orion, rising earlier each evening, and dominating the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars. Extending this line to the upper right leads to the red star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the Bull, while looking… Read More
New Planetarium Shows!

New Planetarium Shows!

Posted: September 17, 2018| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Museum News, Planetarium News

This fall we have a roster of brand new and exciting shows in our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, in addition to experiences like Rosetta, Stars and Shadows, and The New Space Race. If you plan on doing some stargazing this fall, come enjoy What’s Up Tonight: Autumn Lights to learn about… Read More
Saint J. Subaru Stargazing Party (Weather Looking Good!)

Saint J. Subaru Stargazing Party (Weather Looking Good!)

Posted: June 26, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Museum News, Planetarium News, Programs and Events

We are go for today’s event, the weather is looking good! An RSVP is NOT required to attend this event. Please navigate to fairbanksmuseum.org/stargazingparty for up to date information. We like to think big here at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium and August 10th, 2018 is no exception. On that… Read More
June Astronomy

June Astronomy

Posted: May 30, 2018| Categories: Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The planets are prominent in the skies this month, with Venus at its highest for 2018, Jupiter dazzlingly bright in the south, Saturn reaching its best late in the month, and Mars becoming fabulously bright, rising by 11 o’clock by late in the month.  Our shortest nights still feature some… Read More
May Astronomy

May Astronomy

Posted: April 25, 2018| Categories: Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

May welcomes the return of some of the brighter summer stars, including Vega in the northeast, and Antares in the southeast.  Leo the Lion prowls the southern skies through the month, with its bright star Regulus, while late in the month, the Summer Triangle begins its annual display, rising in… Read More
January Weather

January Weather

Posted: January 2, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Winter deepens in thought and deed each January, even though there is a noticeable change in the daylight by month’s end.  Average minimum temperatures are near zero, the temperature at which snow begins to squeal and creek underfoot, and daytimes are most often below freezing as well, making January home… Read More
December Weather

December Weather

Posted: December 5, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Skywatch Almanac is written by Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum. Winter is now stalking the region, sometimes boldly covering the landscape and declaring itself, sometimes haphazardly experimenting with different versions of winter storms and skies.  Should a storm track become established along the East… Read More