Big and bright: Sky Theater puts solar system in lights

Get a guided trip through the solar system at the University of North Texas Sky Theater this weekend. The on-campus planetarium is showing Solar System Tours for its August Children’s Matinee, each Saturday at noon.

For just a few bucks and a cool afternoon in the university’s domed theater, kids can tour the solar system, stopping at each planet — and a few other wonders, too — and get a close look at Earth’s nearest neighbors.

The Sky Theater is also screening Wonders of the Universe — a look deep into space, courtesy of the famous Hubble Telescope — at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. each Saturday.

Tags: Astronomy

Preserving the starry, starry night

Sun, Aug 2, 2015 - 9:49am


Are city lights and suburban street lamps dimming our view of the starry, starry night? Not everywhere. At least not yet. Barry Petersen takes us stargazing. Originally broadcast August 10, 2014:


In west Texas, there's not much to see in a vast stretch of emptiness ... that is, until the sun calls it a day.


And then, up there, is a night sky bursting with stars . . . a jam-packed canopy of constellations.


On most weekends, Ron Dilulio sings about the night sky at a Dallas nightclub. And he doesn't just croon about the moon; it's also his real...

Party with the stars

Thu, Mar 5, 2015 - 11:32pm

Ever wanted to go boldly where Spock and Kirk once traveled?

You can do it without slipping the bonds of Earth.

The University of North Texas’ Sky Theater and Rafes Urban Astronomy Center offer their combo deal every first Saturday of the month.

Start off with a showing at the Sky Theater at the EESAT Building, 1704 W. Mulberry St. Screenings, which happen every Saturday, include “Flight Adventures” for children at noon and “Star Stories” at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Weekend parking is free.

Then at 6:30 p.m., head over to the astronomy center at the observatory, 2350 Tom Cole Road. Each monthly Star Party...

Rusty moon offers adventure

Thu, Oct 9, 2014 - 12:07pm

Denton residents, families and University of North Texas students gathered at UNT’s Rafes Urban Astronomy Center before dawn Wednesday to watch the moon gradually look rusty red during a lunar eclipse.

Ron DiIulio, UNT planetarium and astronomy program director, said more people than expected — at least 100 — came to watch the event. Many stayed throughout the three-hour eclipse, he said.

By watching the eclipse at the center instead of at home, viewers had access to telescopes and professionals who could help explain how the eclipse works, DiIulio said. Also, it makes the eclipse feel like more of an event and more...

UNT Astronomy to host lunar eclipse viewing

Mon, Oct 6, 2014 - 11:17am

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has teamed with University of North Texas Astronomy to offer free viewing of the Wednesday lunar eclipse at UNT’s Rafes Urban Astronomy Center. Astronomy experts from UNT and the Perot Museum will be on hand to discuss the science of lunar eclipses, and attendees can use UNT’s state-of-the-art telescopes to view the Moon.

A lunar eclipse is the point in time when Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, causing the moon to travel through the umbra of the Earth’s shadow, which gives the Moon a reddish tint.

The Rafes Urban Astronomy Center is located at 2350 Tom Cole...