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September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: August 28, 2021

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 ...
Stargazing Party

Stargazing Party

Posted: August 11, 2021

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 answers ...
Summer in the Planetarium

Summer in the Planetarium

Posted: August 2, 2021

No boundaries!

Summer is time to test your limits, and Vermont's only public planetarium invites you to journey beyond time and space. With 6 shows scheduled every day, our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium takes you on a romp with dinosaurs of prehistoric Antarctica, brings you alongside cutting-edge scientists in Chile, and ...
April Astronomy

April Astronomy

Posted: March 31, 2021

The stars continue their transition into spring each April, as Orion and his companions, the Big Dog and Taurus, the Bull, gradually settle toward the western horizon.  The spring stars may not dazzle in comparison, yet the Big Dipper is placed high in the northeast, Leo, the Lion champions the ...
December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: December 1, 2020

The most stunning sight in the skies will be the "great conjunction" of Jupiter and Saturn, low in the southwest in the early evening, the closest visible in 800 years!  Mars remains prominent, cresting high in the south.  Early risers see Venus lowering toward the horizon, lost in the Sun's ...
Great Conjunction

Great Conjunction

Posted: November 10, 2020

December 21, 4:00 - 5:00PM A live-stream celebration with astronomy educator Bobby Farlice-Rubio!
This evening, Winter Solstice, the two largest planets in the Solar System -- Jupiter and Saturn -- will look closer together than they have since 1623.  Once every twenty years, these giant planets come together in our view from ...
November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: November 2, 2020

Jupiter and Saturn settle lower into the southwest, inching lower toward the horizon through the month.  Mars fades a little, but continues its excellent display, climbing higher into the southeast.  Just to the right of Jupiter and Saturn, Milky Way extends up to the Summer Triangle, then overhead, while the ...
October Astronomy

October Astronomy

Posted: October 5, 2020

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 ...
September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: August 3, 2020

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 ...
July Astronomy

July Astronomy

Posted: July 1, 2020

The southern skies are busy this month, with the red star Antares marking the “heart” of the Scorpion, its claws stretching to the west, and its tail along the horizon.  To its left, crossing the "river of light" known as the Milky Way, is the “teapot” in Sagittarius, while farther ...