Category: Mark Breen

New Planetarium Shows!

New Planetarium Shows!

Posted: September 17, 2018| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Museum News, Planetarium News, What's Happening

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 Coast,… Read More
December Astronomy

December Astronomy

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

The longest nights of the year offer the greatest variety of stars and constellations.  Through the month, Orion rises earlier each evening, and dominates the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars.  Extending this line to the upper rights leads to the red star Aldebaran, the… Read More
November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: October 31, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

November sees a return to Standard Time, (on the 5th), the earlier arrival of evening gives us a parting view of Saturn, inching lower in the southwest, and briefly joined by Mercury after Thanksgiving.  November finds the Milky Way high overhead, with the Summer Triangle slipping into the west, while… Read More
October Astronomy

October Astronomy

Posted: October 4, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

October nights lengthen, welcoming a great view of the Milky Way arched from southwest to northeast, its subtle beauty anchored by the Summer Triangle in the southwest, and the rising star Capella in the northeast.  The Orionid Meteor shower peaks near the 21st.  Saturn lingers in the southwest through the… Read More
October Weather

October Weather

Posted: October 4, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather

October may encompass the biggest transitions of any month of the year.  Our colorful foliage begins on the trees, and ends on the ground, leaving the hills brownish-grey, only the tamaracks glowing like the last flickering flames of October’s colorful demise.  By the end of the month, the days have… Read More