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First Friday Gallery Event with John Ashley: Night Shift: Montana’s Nocturnal Animals

November 2, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Join us for auroras, art, and animals of the night!

This First Friday Gallery Event will provide an opportunity to explore both earth and sky — at night. The evening features both John Ashley’s Gallery Show: Night Shift: Montana’s Nocturnal Animals and programming with the Western Montana Astronomical Association.

As you fall asleep each night, many of Montana’s native animals and insects are just waking up and getting active. The landscape is faintly illuminated by stars spread across a night sky, revealing Earth’s position in the vastness of space. With cosmic events on display above, black-footed ferrets yawn and resume their search for food, bats go for a drink before hunting mosquitoes and moths, and moths follow pheromone gradients upwind to find mates and egg-laying sites. There’s a lot going on outside while you’re tucked in, and natural darkness is vital to the success of our native, nocturnal neighbors.

Join us for an evening of education and art. View the gallery of exceptional photographs taken by naturalist and photographer John Ashley, speak to him about his work, and purchase art. Then visit with members of the Western Montana Astronomical Association as they use the Magic Planet and NASA research to explore the planets in our solar system and galaxies far beyond our own. Enjoy light refreshments and after-hours museum access.

John Ashley is a naturalist and photographer living in Kila, Montana. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Montana Outdoors, Nature Conservancy Magazine, and his book Glacier National Park After Dark. His show, Night Shift: Montana’s Nocturnal Animals, will be on display at the Montana Natural History Center through the end of November.

The Western Montana Astronomical Association is dedicated to a personal appreciation of astronomy and to expanding public awareness of the night sky and astronomical happenings. With over 20 members and an assortment of equipment, the club hosts monthly meetings, participates in outreach events, and helps to support the Blue Mountain Observatory’s open houses. The club also supports a number of libraries in western Montana with their telescope checkout programs.


November 2, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Montana Natural History Center
120 Hickory St.
Missoula, MT 59801 United States