Scope out the situation

Thu, Nov 12, 2015 - 8:50am

Buying a home telescope — for school-age children or for adults looking to start scanning the skies — can be confusing.

University of North Texas astronomy staff will set out some popular telescope models and answer questions from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the UNT Sky Theatre planetarium, at 1704 W. Mulberry St. on the first floor of the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building.

Attendees will be able to test the telescopes. Popular models are refracting, reflecting and compound telescopes.

Limited tickets are available for $5 each, cash or check only. For $8, guests can attend the telescope...

Up in the sky, it’s ‘supermoon’

Sun, Sep 27, 2015 - 8:20pm

by Michael E. Young

It will loom large as it rises in the east Sunday evening and grow more spectacular as it tracks across the southern sky, shifting from bright white to a deep red beneath the Earth’s shadow during the first “supermoon” total eclipse in more than three decades.

And local astronomers stand ready to provide the best view possible of an event that won’t be repeated until 2033.

Members of the Texas Astronomical Society and Brookhaven College will host a watch party Sunday night at the college in Farmers Branch; the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Noble Planetarium will provide up-...

UNT telescopes open to public for rare Sept 27th Supermoon & total lunar eclipse

The high-powered telescopes at the University of North Texas Rafes Urban Astronomy Center will be open for the public at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27 (Sunday) for a watch party to view this month’s rare combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse! You will be able to shoot photos of the moon close up with their smart phones and cameras. Admission to the watch party is $3 per person, cash or check only.

A lunar eclipse is the point in time when Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, causing the...

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...