Category: Mark Breen

October Astronomy

October Astronomy

Posted: September 30, 2021| Categories: Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, What's Happening

As the shorter days give way to longer nights, the Milky Way arches from near the Teapot of Sagittarius, hosting Jupiter and Saturn in the south-southwest, through the Summer Triangle high in the southwest, then into the northeast to greet the rising star Capella.  Summer’s bright star Arcturus sets in… Read More
October Weather

October Weather

Posted: September 29, 2021| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather, What's Happening

What a frenzied pace October has, rushing to complete some last warm, sunny days, yet moving right along to frosty mornings and perhaps the first fits of snow, often enough to dust the mountain tops while the brilliant foliage lingers below. It seems to mimic our own rush through this… Read More
September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: August 28, 2021| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, What's Happening

Summer’s constellations, Scorpio and Sagittarius, begin their departure, progressing from south toward the southwest through the month.  At the same time, the planetary duo of Jupiter and Saturn climb higher from the southeast into the south.  Extending up from the Teapot in Sagittarius, the broad, faint path of the Milky… Read More
September Weather Notes

September Weather Notes

Posted: August 28, 2021| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Summer lingers in August, even though the days grow shorter, but September is not that forgiving. Just when long evenings would be most helpful to complete the summer’s harvest, and stack the wood before chilly mornings and grey afternoons become the rule, night drops its curtain 2 hours earlier by… Read More
Starry, Starry Night

Starry, Starry Night

Posted: August 28, 2021| Categories: Mark Breen, Museum News

Saturday, September 4, 8:30 – 10:30 PM. Mark Breen leads this guided tour of the cosmos from the deck of this iconic boat as you travel the length of beautiful Lake Memphremagog. Catering by Eastside Restaurant makes the voyage complete! The Northern Star yacht dons a classic style of pure… Read More
Stargazing Party

Stargazing Party

Posted: August 11, 2021| Categories: Mark Breen, Museum News, Planetarium News, StarGazing

Aug 12: Turn your gaze toward the stars! You’re invited to a statewide stargazing party with hosts Mark Breen, director of the planetarium at the Fairbanks Museum, and VPR’s Mary Engisch. Mark also produces his own astronomy podcast — Eye on the Night Sky — broadcast weekdays on VPR. He’ll… Read More
August Weather

August Weather

Posted: August 2, 2021| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Summer continues all the same, and yet somehow it has changed. August is nearly as warm as July, warmer in fact in four years out of every ten. The days are still long, the hills are still green and the lakes are just as inviting as ever. The garden is… Read More
April Weather

April Weather

Posted: March 31, 2021| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather

You could say that April is a case of the “heart is willing, but the weather isn’t able”.  We want spring, but the weather’s agenda will not be swayed.  It does include some “spring” interludes as the Sun strengthens, turning a frosty morning into a splendid afternoon.  However, should clouds… Read More
September Astronomy

September Astronomy

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

Summer’s constellations Scorpio and Sagittarius are thinking about leaving as they progress into the southwest through the month, joined by the spectacular planetary duo of Jupiter and Saturn in the south as twilight fades.  Extending up from the Teapot in Sagittarius, the broad, faint path of the Milky Way arches… Read More
July Weather

July Weather

Posted: July 1, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Summer finds itself more at home this month than in any other.  The temperatures reach their annual maximum during the last week of this month, even though the Sun reached its greatest strength on the first day of summer.  It takes the Earth a while to heat up, which in… Read More