Planetary Alignment of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter on Display This Weekend!

The brightest objects in the sky–Venus, Jupiter and the Moon–will be giving us a dazzling light show this weekend as they come together in a rare planetary alignment.

Just after sunset on February 25 and 26, the three celestial bodies will come together in a tight triangle.  For more information, visit this story on Wired Magazine’s website.


“Creatures of the Night” Star Party Extravaganza on November 18

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Image by zAmb0ni via Flickr

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center will be holding a free Star Party Extravaganza on November 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Outside, participants will be stargazing with the Central Montana Astronomy Club.  Jupiter should be very visible — visit NASA’s stargazing site here for some tips on how to locate the biggest planet in our solar system this month. The Clear Sky Chart also reports that Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury should also be visible that evening.


Participating in this activity would be a great way for Scouts to work on their Astronomy merit badge.  This activity could also help a boy earn his First Class rank.  Requirement #1 for the rank is to “Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.”

Cub Scouts could work on the Astronomy Belt Loop.   Bear Cubs could also complete their Space electives.

Inside the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, fun can be had by all ages.  From 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., there will be owl and bat finger puppet crafts.

Storytime with Stellaluna will be held at 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

A nocturnal animal presentation, with live owls in the theater, will be held at 7 p.m.

The organizers of the event request that participants bring a non-perishable food item for the Great Falls Community Food Bank.