Category: StarGazing

April Astronomy

April Astronomy

Posted: March 29, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Planetarium News, StarGazing

April starts with Venus climbing higher in the west, not setting until 2 hours after sunset by month’s end.  Jupiter also rises earlier each night, close to sunset at the close of the month.  Saturn and Mars, low in the southeast before the morning twilight, enjoy a close encounter as… Read More
Orionid Meteor Shower

Orionid Meteor Shower

Posted: October 20, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Fairbanks Museum, Planetarium News, StarGazing

The Orionid meteor shower peaks between October 20th and 22nd! This meteor shower is caused by the Earth passing through the path of Halley’s Comet, which returns to Earth’s vicinity every 75 years. The famous comet leaves a trail of icy debris, which makes up the meteor shower that can… Read More
June Astronomy

June Astronomy

Posted: May 16, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, StarGazing

Our two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, make for great evening viewing, and each get a visit from the Moon (see above).  Venus shines low in the east for early risers between 3 and 4 AM.  Mars and Mercury remain lost in the glare of the Sun.  The Summer Triangle… Read More
May Astronomy

May Astronomy

Posted: May 1, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, StarGazing

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
Full Supermoon

Full Supermoon

Posted: November 14, 2016| Categories: Planetarium News, StarGazing

Tonight! Let yourself enjoy the brilliance of a full “Beaver” moon tonight by stepping out after 5:00 PM, when the moon rises in St. Johnsbury. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, November’s full Moon was called the Beaver Moon by both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes because this was… Read More
August Astronomy Highlights

August Astronomy Highlights

Posted: July 25, 2016| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, StarGazing

Mark Breen’s Stargazing Party: Aug. 10, 9 – 10 PM Tune in to VPR and turn your gaze toward the stars as Mark guides you through the stars, planets and constellations. All you need is a radio or access to vpr.net to join this statewide star party! August loses over… Read More
June Astronomy

June Astronomy

Posted: June 3, 2016| Categories: Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, StarGazing

Astronomy Highlights Our latest sunsets of the year mean that star-gazing doesn’t get going until late evening.  Dominating those hours after 10 o’clock is the planetary pairing of Mars and Saturn, set amongst the stars of the Scorpion, climbing from the southeast into the south.  Jupiter also offers some fine… Read More
Vacation Destination

Vacation Destination

Posted: February 19, 2016| Categories: Museum News, Planetarium News, StarGazing

Feb 22 – 26 — We’re gearing up for vacation week with a full schedule of planetarium presentations every day! Our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium is the only public planetarium in Vermont, and we’ve got a great selection of presentations this week. Choose a 50-minute feature to explore our universe… Read More
Full Moon Snowshoe

Full Moon Snowshoe

Posted: February 13, 2016| Categories: Planetarium News, Programs and Events, StarGazing

February 23 from 7-9 p.m.  – Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium and St. Johnsbury Recreation Department are pleased to announce a fun family event at the Rankin Family Conservation Lands on Clark Rd. in Danville. From 7-9PM on February 23rd our full moon snowshoe event will feature a walk… Read More
December Astronomy Skywatch

December Astronomy Skywatch

Posted: December 2, 2015| Categories: Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, Space Science, StarGazing

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