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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 ...
The Great American Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse

Posted: August 1, 2017

One of nature's grandest phenomena.

The August 21st solar eclipse is bound to be spectacular, and did you know that Vermont will experience a 65% eclipse? To celebrate the event, the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, in partnership with the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) and The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, is hosting ...
Juno's Flyby of Jupiter's Famous Red Spot Yields Incredible Photos

Juno's Flyby of Jupiter's Famous Red Spot Yields Incredible Photos

Posted: July 17, 2017

The NASA Juno spacecraft completed its latest flyby of the gas giant Jupiter on July 10th. Juno was launched in 2011 and is currently orbiting the largest planet in our solar system, a planet which is approximately 1321.3 times larger than Earth. Dipping to 2,200 miles above Jupiter at its closest approach, Juno's ...
July Astronomy

July Astronomy

Posted: June 30, 2017

Evenings arrive late, though the days do get a little shorter.  Watch for the red star Antares to shine low in the south, marking the “heart” of the Scorpion, with claws stretching to the west, and its tail right along the horizon.  To its left is Saturn, nestled in the ...
June Astronomy

June Astronomy

Posted: May 16, 2017

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 ...
May Astronomy

May Astronomy

Posted: May 1, 2017

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 ...