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!
Last Thrusday Dr. Sam and Dr. Mike were invited to do a Virtual Stargazing Program with Astronomy Prof. Brian Keating and Tony Darnell of Deep Astronomy. We had a bit of technical diffuclties at the beginning, but we ended up having a great program over all. You can watch the entire program by clicking on the following YouTube link.
This week’s episode of Looking Up we’re talking all about the Northern Lights. We’ll be discussing the science behind the Aurora, as well as the significance of the Northern Lights throughout history. Tune in and find out when you’ll be able to see this light show next.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Aurora borealis or are itching for more stunning photos, head on over to our Instagram and Facebook. Check out more of our amazing snapshots we’ve taken on stargazing programs in Jackson, Wyoming.
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. CometNEOWISE 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.
Wyoming Stargazing is excited to have a new version of a classic program for you! If you’ve been following Wyoming Stargazing for a while, you might remember our radio program called Looking Up that was featured on Jackson’s local radio station, KHOL.
We’ve taken the radio version of Looking Up, photos and videos from our own gallery and other reputable astronomy sources, and created a new visual experience!
This week’s episode is all about comets. Tune in every #throwbackthursday for our re-imagined episodes of Looking Up.
We are honored to introduce this week’s speaker – Kelly Lively.
Idaho National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories. With roughly 5,000 scientists, engineers and support personnel, the lab also stands as one of Idaho’s largest employers. At INL’s three primary facility areas, researchers perform work in support of DOE’s mission to “discover the solutions to power and secure America’s future.” More specifically, INL is the center of nuclear energy research and development.
Kelly Lively is the Radioisotope Power Systems Department Manager at Idaho National Laboratory. She has served as the Department Manager since 2007; She also serves as the INL Project Manager for NASA Space Missions. Most recently, she managed the INL team to provide a Radioisotope Power System for NASA’s Mars 2020 mission; powering a land rover named Perseverance launching in July 2020, for an eight-month journey to Mars. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Idaho State University (1998).
INL works with other national labs and industry to enable deep-space, scientific exploration, including this summer’s launch of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Kelly’s primary work is managing a team of engineers and technicians to fuel, test and deliver Radioisotope Power Systems. These systems convert the heat generated by the decay of plutonium oxide fuel into electrical energy. Kelly will be presenting information on contributions by the Space Nuclear Power and Isotope Technologies Division, located at INL’s Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC).
Want to learn more about Radioisotope Power Systems, INL, and more of Kelly Lively’s incredible work? Don’t forget to register for The World Above the Tetons Speaker Series- happening this Wednesday 6/24 at 7PM (MT).
Parade Magazine selected Wyoming Stargazing’s Save Our Night Skies Campaign as the state of Wyoming’s example of an Earth Saving Project for this year’s Darth Day. They picked only one project for each of the 50 states and they picked us! Check it out!
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 linkor on the icon below to donate now!
Twenty-one years ago, an anonymous, philanthropic couple, fondly known as Mr. and Mrs. Old Bill, envisioned a collaborative event to support local nonprofits. For the first time, organizations came together in an efficient, unified fundraiser that raised awareness of community needs. Over the last two decades, more than $146 million has been raised for local organizations, and it has inspired similar events around the country.
One of the most innovative fundraisers in the nation, Old Bill’s Fun Run is also one of the most successful. In 2017, the event raised $12,168,165 from nearly 3,798 donors. Old Bill’s has brought an astounding $146 million philanthropic dollars to our community. These funds are busy feeding the hungry, supporting the sick and elderly, teaching kids to read, protecting wildlife, building affordable housing, enriching our lives through the arts and touching the lives of everyone in Teton County.
In 2019, you can give to Wyoming Stargazing beginning August 1st through 5pm on September 14th. Join us Saturday, September 7th, for Old Bill’s Fun Run on Jackson’s Town Square!
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks at Wyoming Stargazing. We’ve set up the Dark Sky Pavilion and Planetarium a couple of times for Madness Days at Melvin Brewing and at Base Camp for Wilderness Adventures at Snow King. We also had the great privilege to offer stargazing programs for some really amazing people including Sara Blakely the Founder of Spanx, Blake Mycoskie the Founder and Owner of Tom’s Shoes, and Usher…seriously we really did a stargazing program for Usher and his family. We had a wonderful time sharing the Cosmos with all of those distinguished guests and we look forwarded to doing that with you too under Wyoming’s extraordinary skies!
Once you get hooked on stargazing by looking through one of our huge telescopes in Jackson Hole and you’re planning on another adventure somewhere out West check out the night sky with other seasoned professionals.