Image & Video Library

Join us for a Livestream to celebrate the historic Clark Refractor’s 125th anniversary! We will be streaming live from the Clark Dome from 8:00-8:45pm PDT. Lowell Historian Kevin Schindler will […]

Local Hotels, Dining, & Attractions

AstroAlert: The Sun like you’ve never seen it before

Hi everyone, The image above might look like something you’d want to consult a dermatologist about, but it’s actually the most detailed image of the Sun ever taken. The new Daniel […]

AstroAlert: New telescope named in honor of astronomer Vera Rubin

Hi everyone, [vcex_spacing size=”10px”] It was announced this week that a major new telescope will be named in honor of trailblazing astronomer Vera Rubin, who died in 2016. [vcex_spacing size=”10px”] […]

AstroAlert: Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician who broke barriers, has died

Hi everyone, Sad news: Pioneering NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson died today at the age of 101. Born in West Virginia in 1918, Johnson was fascinated by numbers as a little […]

Solar System

AstroAlert: One moon wasn’t enough…

Hi everyone, [vcex_spacing size=”10px”] Astronomers have announced the discovery of a previously unknown moon orbiting the Earth. That’s right, our planet now has two moons. This new one has even been given […]

Lunar Legacy

[…] by the impact of a large meteorite. Starting with a series of papers in 1959, US Geological Survey geologist Gene Shoemaker showed conclusively that only an extraterrestrial projectile could produce […]

AstroAlert: Biggest black hole in the local universe discovered

Hi everyone, [vcex_spacing size=”10px”] Astronomers have discovered the most massive black hole in the nearby universe and it’s a beast, weighing the equivalent of 40 billion suns. The black hole […]

AstroAlert: Superfast star found leaving the Milky Way at 4 million miles per hour

Hi everyone, [vcex_spacing size=”10px”] Astronomers have discovered one of the fastest moving stars ever, and it appears to have been flung out of our galaxy by the supermassive black hole […]

AstroAlert: Dance Your PhD winners announced

Hi everyone, [vcex_spacing size=”30px”] The Dance Your Ph.D. contest began in 2008 as a way to encourage newly minted Ph.D. scientists to communicate their thesis research to the public through […]

AstroAlert: NASA remasters the ‘Pale Blue Dot” photo of Earth

[…] summarized its impact very poetically: Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every […]