Shane Larson Wants You to Think Big … Really Big

Shane Larson

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy The age and vastness of…

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The Perseid Meteor Shower is Coming

Get ready for some great celestial viewing on the nights of August 11-12 and 12-13.  That’s peak time for the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower, which takes place from mid-July to mid-August each year. The Perseid shower occurs when Earth passes through the orbit of comet Swift-Tuttle.  A cloud of debris…

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New in our Gift Shop — Color-Changing T-Shirts

                We have a new selection of color-changing shirts in our gift shop.  Both designs are black-and-white when inside and turn to full color in direct sunlight.   In response to requests, we now have both adults’ and kids’ sizes.   Affordably priced at just…

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Sun Day on Saturday – a Free Solar Celebration

Warm, abundant sunshine – it’s one of the best things about summer!   Bring your kids to the Casper Planetarium on Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 4 pm for a free solar celebration.   Outside on the lawn we’ll have a solar telescope, a sunspotter, and solar eclipse glasses for safely…

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One Comes Down, Another Goes Up

Two events that space program fans will want to take note of this week — and you can see streaming coverage of both at NASA’s website HERE. May 2 – SpaceX Corporation’s Dragon spacecraft will depart from the International Space Station for its return to Earth.  This unmanned craft arrived…

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20,000 Light Years Across the Galaxy

148 years ago, Jules Verne’s classic sci-fi novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea speculated on the wonders and dangers to be found in the oceans of Earth.   This year’s Theatre of the Mind production updates that story to a space-going future.  Captain Nemo commands the most advanced spacecraft in the universe, the…

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Once in a Blue Moon – Twice in the Same Year!

When we have two full moons in a single month, the second one is called a blue moon.   It is a fairly infrequent phenomenon.  This Saturday, March 31, is not only a blue moon … it’s the second blue moon we will experience this year (the first happened on January 31st).   The…

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Be a Part of Real Astronomical Discoveries!

You can play an important part in astronomy research right from your own computer — and in other fields as well.  Zooniverse is a portal to Citizen Science Research, projects that need lots of people to help interpret data for professional researchers.  You don’t need any special training or background…

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