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Astronomy and Harry Potter

November 22, 2018

Stardome educator, David Britten, explores some of the not so known facts about a very well known series.  Since my recent education resource about the names of stars was posted on our website,...Read More

Mysterious Moons and Latest Discoveries Jupiter Blog Post

Mysterious Moons & Latest Discoveries

October 12, 2018

Over millenia the Moon has been the focus of countless songs, poems, stories - romantic, scary, and everything in between. This bright silvery orb has fired the human imagination since the very...Read More

Astronomy blog Stardome Pluto

Pluto Dwarfs Tombaugh

September 18, 2018

Are you familiar with the names Giuseppe Piazzi, Heinrich Olbers* and Karl Harding? These eminent astronomers discovered the four largest celestial bodies immediately beyond Mars between 1801 and...Read More

Mars Dust Storm Blog Post

A Monster on Mars

August 1, 2018

Although the Mars opposition and closest approach were in late July, the planet still looks spectacular and will remain brighter than Jupiter for all of August. To the eye, a brilliant orange...Read More

Mars at Opposition Mad About Mars Science Fiction Movie Night

What’s happening with Mars?

July 10, 2018

This month, Mars will come the closest to Earth it will be for the next 17 years, making it bigger and brighter than usual. Both Earth and Mars follow elliptical (oval-shaped) orbits around the...Read More

Gravitational Waves

Explaining the (Almost) Unexplainable

June 29, 2018

Stardome educator, David Britten, breaks down how science educators can help explain the (almost!) unexplainable.  The subject of black holes has a fascination that attracts children and adults...Read More

JunoCam at Jupiter

A Mission for the Public, By the Public

February 2, 2018

As you are reading this, there is currently a small spacecraft out in space called Juno. Juno is orbiting the largest planet in our Solar System, Jupiter. A fitting name, considering Juno is...Read More

Lunar Eclipse and Supermoon

A Super Special Sighting

January 10, 2018

There has been considerable coverage on all things lunar-related recently, and this Moon-Madness isn’t quite finished yet.   On 31 January, we will be treated to a rare celestial event...Read More