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January Astronomy

January Astronomy

Posted: January 3, 2018

The planets should be perfect for night owls, all of them appearing after midnight, starting with Jupiter and Mars fairly close together in the southeast by the dawn’s twilight. Saturn barely rises by late in the month, while Mercury is at its morning best through the 10th. Venus is lost in ...
December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: December 5, 2017

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 ...
David Aguilar

David Aguilar

Posted: November 6, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 1:30 - 3:30

David A. Aguilar, award-winning author, astronomer and space artist will read from his recently released book, Seven Wonders of the Solar System, and talk about Pluto and the search for mysterious Planet 9. This event will happen in our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, where seating ...
November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: October 31, 2017

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 ...
Orionid Meteor Shower

Orionid Meteor Shower

Posted: October 20, 2017

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 ...
October Astronomy

October Astronomy

Posted: October 4, 2017

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 ...
Phantom of the Universe

Phantom of the Universe

Posted: September 5, 2017

Our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium is OPEN after a week of cleaning and upgrades. We're NOW OPEN with new shows! Here's a sneak peek at "Phantom of the Universe: the Hunt for Dark Matter," a new planetarium show that details the mysteries of dark matter, from its gravitational effects observed in space ...
September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: August 31, 2017

The summer skies, like the weather, are in transition through September.  The Scorpion lowers into the southwest through the month, followed by the Teapot in Sagittarius.  Between them Saturn remains in view, getting lower each evening.  Earlier evenings feature the Big Dipper sinking lower into the northwestern skies, while the ...
Awesome eclipse!

Awesome eclipse!

Posted: August 22, 2017

We lost count of how many people came to the Fairbanks Museum to view the 2017 Great American Eclipse on Monday! The mood was festive as we made viewing boxes and watched NASA's live feed of the event as the eclipse path crossed the continental US. Museum staff and volunteers ...
August Astronomy

August Astronomy

Posted: August 3, 2017

The obvious highlight this August is a total solar eclipse tracking diagonally across the US on the 21st, covering about 70 percent of the Sun in Vermont.  The annual Perseid Meteor Shower brings us shooting stars from the 11th to the 14th, hampered by a waning Gibbous Moon.  The evenings ...