The Northern Lights – Looking Up Episode #2

The Northern Lights – Looking Up Episode #2

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.

Looking Up – Episode #2 The Northern Lights

This week's episode of Looking Up is all about the Northern Lights!

Posted by Wyoming Stargazing on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Behind the Telescope – Our Work in Jackson, Wyoming

Curious about who we are and what we do? Here’s just a few of the awesome things we’re doing at Wyoming Stargazing in Jackson, Wyoming.

Wyoming Stargazing in Jackson, Wyoming

Curious about who we are and what we do? Here's just a few of the awesome things we're doing at Wyoming Stargazing in Jackson, Wyoming.Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

Posted by Wyoming Stargazing on Friday, July 17, 2020

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Looking Up – A new version of an old favorite

This week, we’re learning all about comets!

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.

Looking Up- Comets

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. Learn about about the science behind comets, their place throughout history, and some astronomical current events.

Posted by Wyoming Stargazing on Thursday, June 25, 2020
Learn about about the science behind comets, their place throughout history, and some astronomical current events

The World Above the Tetons | Speaker Series 2020

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).

It’s Old Bill’s Time!

There are less then two weeks left in the Old Bill’s fundraising period. Wyoming Stargazing needs your support in order for us to continue our Save Our Night Skies Campaign to reduce light pollution, to launch our Science Speaker Series, and to offer all the FREE public astronomy programming we facilitate in Jackson Hole. If you’ve attended one of our events please consider making a contribution that will get matched through Old Bill’s. Click here to make a donation 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…

100 Days Until Totality! 1 Day Left – Teton County Fire Restrictions Take Effect from TetonEclipse.com

Jackson, WY, August 15, 2017 – Partial fire restrictions will be going into effect for Teton County tomorrow, August 16th. The restrictions are based in part on the current high fire danger and predictions of continued warm and dry weather. Other significant factors include increased visitation to the area during the upcoming total solar eclipse and current regional and national fire activity.

While portions of the valley have experienced recent rain, the prevalence of heavy grass growth this spring and summer, along with the predicted increase in human activity on private and public lands during the days before and after the August 21steclipse, have prompted Teton County to go into fire restrictions.

“Even with the recent rains,” noted Interim Chief Mike Moyer, “grasses dry quickly and ignite easily.” Parked cars with hot exhaust systems and the use of camp fires are two main concerns for wildland fire starts. “The combination of the dry grasses, increased eclipse visitation to the area, and the fact that regional and national fire resources are stretched thin, all make it necessary to exercise caution,” Moyer continued. Teton Interagency Dispatch Center has recorded over 73 unattended campfires so far this summer.

Fire officials ask the public to take the fire danger seriously and obey the restrictions in place. Fireworks are prohibited in Teton County at all times of the year. During this restriction, there can be no pile burning in Teton County. Camp fires are allowed only in established fire rings in established camp grounds. The use of listed home fire pits and bowls are permitted so long as used with a screen spark arrester having holes no larger than ¼ inch opening and with a hose with running water and/or hand tools. A cleared area of at least ten foot radius is required for branding activities and the use of acetylene or electric arc cutting torches. For a complete set of restriction rules, go to www.tetonwyo.org/fire.

Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, Bureau of Land Management High Desert District, the National Elk Refuge, and Sublette Counties will also begin fire restrictions this week.

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 3 Days Left – Lucky Local | Living & Working The Park Life from TetonEclipse.com

Top of the mornin’ from the path of totality! Just days before the the moon totally takes over the land of the Teton sun, we will be rolling out a little local love profiling some of the people behind eclipse planning and prep.

Kicking off the first of five valued members of a vast collective team, one of the youngest and brightest stars in this small Wyoming galaxy.

Ceejay Kilgore picks up pocket guides at Town Hall in Jackson, WY yesterday (8.16.17) to bring back to his post in Grand Teton National Park’s Public Affairs Office.

Name: Ceejay Kilgore

Age: 22

Hometown: Dermott, Arkansas

Living Where In the Area: Moose, WY Park Housing

Job/Title: Public Affairs Intern 2017 Grand Teton National Park & Student Conservation Association

How Long: SCA for Four Years, Grand Teton NP – 3 months

When do you leave: August 25, 2017

Where to next: Back to school University of Arkansas at Pine Bluffs, Final Semester – Class of 2017

Best Pre-Eclipse Moment: Listening to elders sharing their previous eclipse experience

Worst Pre-Eclipse Moment: Don’t have one

Weirdest Pre-Eclipse Moment: I had someone call the eclipse line and they got upset that they were not allowed to claim a parking spot until 6:00 am.

Where will you watch totality: Gros Ventre Road at the Information Tent

If you could use one word to describe what you think the Total Solar Eclipse will be like, what would it be? Distinct

Thank you Ceejay. Your service since our May community-wide prep/celebration event with GTNP and agency partners, all the way to the finish (totality) line is truly valued. Teton County & the Town of Jackson are lucky to have you.

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 4 Days Left – Grand Teton National Park Offers Official Eclipse Viewing Location from TetonEclipse.com

MOOSE, WY-Grand Teton National Park managers expect August 21, 2017–the day of the Total Solar Eclipse Across America–to be the busiest single day in the history of the park. Visitors to the park on eclipse day can ensure a successful viewing experience by developing a plan and heeding a few simple guidelines. Complete eclipse viewing information can be found in a special edition newspaper available in park visitor centers and entrance stations, and by visiting www.nps.gov/grandteton and clicking the eclipse banner.

Visitors are invited to view the eclipse from the center path of totality along the Gros Ventre Road, which will be the largest eclipse viewing area in the park. The road will be one-way traffic eastbound from its junction with U.S. Highway 26/89/191 to the community of Kelly, with parking allowed in the left lane. Portable toilets will be located along the road, as well as park staff.

Rangers and astronomers will provide telescopes and interpretive programs at four designated eclipse viewing areas including the Gros Ventre Campground Amphitheater, Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center parking area, Jackson Lake Lodge back lawn, and behind the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

Due to limited parking available at the Gros Ventre Amphitheater, parking passes are required. One hundred free passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis Saturday, August 19 from the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose and the Colter Bay Visitor Center starting at 8:00 a.m. Campers at the Gros Ventre Campground and visitors parking along the Gros Ventre Road are invited to join the program by walking to the amphitheater.

The eclipse will be visible throughout the park with the duration of totality ranging from 2 minutes 19 seconds near the park’s southern boundary to just a few seconds along the park’s northern boundary. No matter where visitors view the eclipse, they should be prepared with ample food, water, eclipse glasses, sunscreen, and other necessary items for the day as little to no infrastructure exists in most locations. Visitors should pack out all trash and recyclables and heed the following guidelines as they make their eclipse day plans:

Expect heavy congestion, traffic gridlock, and long delays. Allow ample time to arrive at your eclipse viewing location and consider staying in place afterward until traffic thins,
Have water, food, and vehicle fuel for the day. Bring a minimum of 2 quarts of water per person,
No roadside parking will be allowed on U.S. Highway 26/89/191, Teton Park Road, or Moose-Wilson Road,
Eclipse parking begins at 6:00 a.m. park-wide. Overnight parking or camping in roadside pullouts, turnouts, or parking lots is not allowed,

Prevent human-caused wildfires. Charcoal burning and campfires are allowed only at designated campgrounds and picnic areas within metal fire grates. Stoves and grills that burn contained fuel sources such as liquid petroleum gasesare allowed on hardened surfaces if attended at all times, and
Additional portable toilets will be located throughout the park.
Several special eclipse and astronomy programs are planned in the park this weekend, Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20.
Please visit the park’s website or the special eclipse newspaper for more information.

Attachment: Grand Teton National Park Offers Official Viewing Locations

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 6 Days Left – Eclipse Operating Hours: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling from TetonEclipse.com

Via: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mari Allan Hanna, Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling

mahanna@tetonwyo.org

307-733-7678

ISWR Eclipse Operations FINALHours of Operations

Eclipse Operating Hours: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling Jackson, Wyo., July 20, 2017 – Please note that Teton County is advising community members to avoid unnecessary travel and use of County services on and around the August 21st solar eclipse event. Residents are advised to: 1. Fill the Tank by purchasing an adequate supply of gas and groceries in advance of the event; and, 2. Empty the Tank by emptying trash and recycling bins ahead of time at the proper facilities. This will ensure maximum capacity in your refuse and recycling bins so that you can delay the need for services until operations have returned to normal. The Teton County Trash Transfer Station and Recycling Center will offer alternate and extended hours of operation surrounding the August 21st eclipse event. In order to minimize traffic congestion, trash and recycling haulers may conduct night time collections during this time period. Please review the following schedule and contact us with any questions. For comprehensive information related to operations and plans for Teton County and other local agencies, please download or view the Teton Solar Eclipse Community Operations Manual available at www.tetoneclipse.com/locals/.

By Kathryn Brackenridge

100 Days Until Totality! 7 Days Left – Eclipse Tips One Week Out: Empty & Fill from TetonEclipse.com

Reminder for everyone prepping on this fine Sunday in the Tetons – one week in advance of the Total Solar Eclipse. The following schedule goes great with this handy checklist and other tips straight from the Survival Guide!

ISWR Eclipse Operation Hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Carrie Bell

Teton County Integrated Solid Waste & Recycling

cbell@tetonwyo.org

307-733-7678

Eclipse Operating Hours: Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling

Jackson, Wyo., August 4, 2017 ­– Please note that Teton County is advising community members to avoid unnecessary travel and use of County services on and around the August 21st solar eclipse event. Residents are advised to:

1. Fill the Tank by purchasing an adequate supply of gas and groceries in advance of the event; and,

2. Empty the Tank by emptying trash and recycling bins ahead of time at the proper facilities. This will ensure maximum capacity in your refuse and recycling bins so that you can delay the need for services until operations have returned to normal.

The Teton County Trash Transfer Station and Recycling Center will offer alternate and extended hours of operation surrounding the August 21st eclipse event. In order to minimize traffic congestion, trash and recycling haulers may conduct night time collections during this time period. Please review the following schedule and contact us with any questions.

For comprehensive information related to operations and plans for Teton County and other local agencies, please download or view the Teton Solar Eclipse Community Operations Manual available at www.tetoneclipse.com/locals/.

By Kathryn Brackenridge