Ask Dr. Sam and Astro-BS

Ask Dr. Sam and Astro-BS

Back by popular demand, Ask Dr. Sam, will start up again next Tuesday from 4:30pm-5:30pm MDT every week. It’s a great opportunity for students and their parents to have the opportunity to ask all their burning questions to our Founder and Executive Director Dr. Sam. Get charged up for some great some good dinner time conversation every Tuesday with Ask Dr. Sam!

We also have a new offering that we’re calling Astro-BS. Every other Thursday at noon you can join the Wyoming Stargazing Team over lunch via zoom or on our YouTube Channel to chat about the latest astronomical discoveries and technological innovations during our lunch hour. We hope to see you there!

Comet NEOWISE is awesome!!!

Comet NEOWISE has turned out to be the most charismatic comet in the last decade. Over the next few nights it’s going to get higher and higher in the sky. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should. It’s easily visible to the naked eye from Jackson and from most of the Northern Hemisphere by about 10pm MDT on the western horizon. Check out this link to see charts of how to find the comet in the sky tonight.

To find it, start by finding the Big Dipper. Locate the two stars on the far side of the “bucket” away from the “handle”, which are called the pointer stars. Then, draw a line from the right hand pointer star down to the horizon. Look back up from the horizon about the distance of one or two pointer fingers held as arm’s length.

You should see a faint fuzzy spot with the unaided eye. Using a pair of binoculars the long extended tail of the comet is really lovely to see. The comet is named after the NASA satellite that discovered it. Comet NEOWISE is one of the brightest comets visible from Jackson in the last decade. Enjoy!

Here are a couple pictures that we took the other night.

We are all part of the same Universe!

We are all part of the same Universe!

To support our community through the COVID-19 pandemic Wyoming Stargazing has launched three brand new virtual programs and converted a couple of our old programs to virtual platforms as well. Check them out below.

The coronavirus crisis has shown us that we are all interconnected. It’s connected us in new ways that most of us never imagined. The employees at Wyoming Stargazing have been helping people connect to the Cosmos through inspirational and educational programming for the past six years.

If you haven’t already checked out Ask Dr. Sam, Sci-fi Explained, Mind Bending Astronomy, or Virtual Stargazing we encourage you to do so. We’re connecting to more people than ever before, but most of our face-to-face stargazing programs, our main source of revenue, have already been cancelled.

Even with the Payment Protection Program Loan that we will receive shortly, our cash reserves will run out in July. We have applied for a $55,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the Small Business Administration, but we want to reduce the total mount that we need to borrow by as little as possible.

We kindly ask that you support our organization so we cancontinue to support people all over the country with engaging, virtual, astronomy programming. Your gift will provide immediate financial support so we can keep creating inspirational programming for as long as the coronavirus crisis lasts and reduce our debt obligations thereafter. Please connect with us so we can connect you, your friends, and family to the Cosmos!

From now until May 10th you can donate online through GoFundMe Charity and they will match the first $1,000 we receive through their Giving Tuesday Now Match Program. Click this link or on the icon below to donate now!

“Your Next Trip? It’s Written in the Stars”

Wyoming Stargazing was featured in a NY Times article today about stargazing in the western hemisphere. Astrotourism is a rapidly growing industry and Wyoming Stargazing is honored to be a big part of sharing the Cosmos with the public. Read more…

Dark Sky Pavilion at Eco Fair this Saturday, May 12th

Come on down to the Eco Fair at Phil Baux Park (base of Snow King Mountain this Saturday) from 12pm-5pm to check out the Dark Sky Pavilion and some digital full dome movies inside our planetarium. We’ll be powering the Dark Sky Pavilion and the planetarium using Creative Energies solar trailer. Let’s hope for sunshine!

FREE for everyone!

Free Friday Stargazing/Planetarium Programs!

Thanks to the generous support of people like you Wyoming Stargazing is offering even more FREE, year-round public stargazing/planetarium programs. In the past we’ve had to cancel many of these programs because of bad weather, but not anymore! Now, we have the The Dark Sky Pavilion that was designed by local artist Natalie Clark and designer Jakub Galczynski and funded by Natalie Clark, the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, and the Center of Wonder. The Dark Sky Pavilion allows us to almost NEVER cancel any more public programs.

When it’s clear on a Friday nights we’ll have our telescopes out from at Rendezvous Park during the warmer months (May-September) from 9:30-11:30pm and at the Center for the Arts lawn during colder months (October-April) from 7:30-9:30pm. When it’s cloudy we’ll have the Dark Sky Pavilion set-up with our digital planetarium inside from 5:30pm-7:30pm at those sane locations.

So, join us tomorrow night, Friday, Oct 20th from 5:30pm-7:30pm on the lawn at the Center for the Arts for a FREE public planetarium program!

See you there!

1,000th Astronomy Program

Earlier this week our Executive Director, Dr. Samuel Singer, led Wyoming Stargazing’s 1,000th astronomy program since our very first program in March of 2014. We’ve come a long way since that first, cold, winter night at the Stilson Parking Lot. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way from folks who volunteered at just one event and to the folks that keep coming back time after time, to our amazing donors and board of directors, to the more than 20,000 people who have attended our programs, to our staff both past and present, to the concierge who help us book stargazing programs, to the people who believed in us from the very beginning and selflessly gave up their time to help us, and to the amazing community organizations that supported us over the last few years which include, but are not limited to: The Center of Wonder, The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the Center for the Arts, pARTners, Rendezvous Lands Conservancy, 1% for the Tetons, The Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism Board, the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, Quiznos, the Whole Grocer, Lucky’s, Elevated Grounds, Teton County Park and Recreation, and others.

A special thanks to Mike Cavaroc and Jakub Galczynski who have been helping us from the beginning and continue to do so all the time!

The 1,000th program took place in our brand new digital planetarium inside the Dark Sky Pavilion (pictured below) designed by local artist Natalie Clark and Jakub Galczynski. The facility was made possible for generous grants from the Center of Wonder, the Community Foundation and Jackson Hole, and other private donations. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

Clear Skies!

Bags For Change Voting Opens This Sunday April 30th

Some month’s ago, Wyoming Stargazing applied to be considered for the Quarter 3 Bags For Change program at Lucky’s. We were accepted! The VOTE opens @luckysmarketjackson this Sunday, April 30th and goes through Sunday, May 7th. The timing really couldn’t be better as we prepare to welcome one of nature’s most renowned celestial experiences of our lifetime, the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. Wyoming Stargazing, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based right here in Jackson will be dedicating a summer full of on the ground work to inspire the next generation of enthusiasts to protect our night skies and explore the extraordinary in the ordinary.

If @wyomingstargazing win the most votes (I’d like to think when we win the most votes), every time you shop at Lucky’s Market with your reusable bags through August, you will receive a 10 cent wooden dime to donate to WYSG. At the end of the quarter, Lucky’s will double the amount raised to further support Wyoming Stargazing’s public programs and for the future programming at the Snow King Summit Observatory! Extraordinary!

To cast your vote for Wyoming stargazing please go to the Lucky’s Market Jackson Hole Facebook page beginning this Sunday and make a comment of “Wyoming Stargazing” under the Bags for Change post.

Thank you for your vote in advance ~ Samuel Singer, Executive Director, Wyoming Stargazing

“100 Days Until the Eclipse” Blog Series and Eclipse Fundraising Events

We are 5 months out today from the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st! If you haven’t already been able to attend one of the public eclipse presentations offered by our Executive Director Dr. Samuel Singer, please check our events calendar for more eclipse presentations scheduled over the next several months.

Beginning on May 13th, Wyoming Stargazing will launch our 100 Days Until the Eclipse blog series. Each day we’ll give you a piece of scientific, historical, logistical, or just fun information about the eclipse. We’ll also air a weekly summary of that information on KHOL, one of Jackson’s local radio stations.

Wyoming Stargazing will be hosting two special fundraising events during the weekend of the Total Solar Eclipse on the Summit of Snow King Mountain. The first event will take place on the evening of Saturday, August 19th before the eclipse. The second event will be on the morning of the eclipse Monday, August 21st.

We have some amazing presenters lined-up for the events including NASA astronaut Scott Altman, astrobiologist and author David Grinspoon, and supernovae expert Prof. Douglas Leonard. We’ll have catered food from Rendezvous Bistro, drinks, music, and of course lots and lots of telescopes for stargazing on Saturday night and for watching the eclipse on Monday. The summit of Snow King is an amazing stargazing location! We’ll show you Jupiter, Saturn, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies like you’ve never seen them before. The Summit also provides one of the best and most accessible vantage points in Jackson Hole to watch the eclipse because you’ll get to see the shadow of the Moon racing across the entire valley just before and after the moments of totality. Tickets for these two events also include chairlift rides up and down the mountain, exclusive parking at the base of Snow King Mountain or a shuttle ride from your hotel, as well as rides on the Alpine Slide and the Mountain Coaster!

Because of logistical and space limitations we are capping each event at 250 people. The first 200 tickets for the event on Monday have already been snatched up. The remaining tickets are on sale now!

Get Your Tickets Today!

Please click on the links below to purchase tickets before we are sold out. You are also welcome to call us at 1-844-996-7827 (1-844-WYO-STAR) with any questions or to buy tickets over the phone to avoid the online booking fee.

Pre-Eclipse Stargazing Party and Fundraiser: Saturday and Sunday, August 19th and 20th, 7pm-11pm

Total Solar Eclipse Fundraising Event: Monday, August 21st 8am-1pm