Author Archives: Eric Schreur

Show changes

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum planetarium will be changing shows this weekend, starting tonight (Friday) with the Led Zeppelin show starting at 8:00 PM. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Mystery of the Missing Moon will run at 1:00 PM, Orion Nights will run … Continue reading

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Nova in Delphinus

On the night of August 14th a nova or “new star” appeared at the edge of the constellation Delphinus. The star brightened enough to be visible to unaided eyes for a few days, but has since faded so that now … Continue reading

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The Lagoon Nebula

One of the highlights of the summer sky is a cloud of gas called the Lagoon Nebula. It is barely visible to the unaided eye, but easily seen with a pair of binoculars. The pink color is due to the … Continue reading

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M92 in Hercules

M92 is an example of a globular star cluster. This cluster is a collection of tens of thousands of stars clumped together forming a globe of pinpoints of light. There are dozens of these clusters that can be viewed in … Continue reading

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June 4 Partial Eclipse of the Moon

This morning the second astronomical event described in the planetarium show “Crossing the Sun” took place in clear skies. As the sun rose and the moon set on the opposite side of the sky, the Earth’s shadow began to slip … Continue reading

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Transit of Venus Plan – June 5th

With the annular eclipse well behind me now, it is time to start preparing for next Tuesday’s Transit of Venus. This time I will be running a public program at the same time I am trying to photograph a time-lapse … Continue reading

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Super moon!?! Come on…

There is a perigee moon every month, and once a year it is near the time of full moon. The difference between a perigee full moon and an apogee full moon is noticeable when you compare images side by side, … Continue reading

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Solar Eclipse – May 20, 2012

On Sunday, May 20th, the new moon will pass in front of the sun making a solar eclipse. In Southwestern Michigan the eclipse will be partial, and occur just as the sun is setting. At the moment of sunset about … Continue reading

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Spring arrives

On the morning of Tuesday, March 20th at 1:14 AM the sun will cross the Celestial Equator from South to North. This event marks the beginning of spring. The place where the sun crosses the equator is called the First … Continue reading

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Right now I am working on a new program for the planetarium. It will be a show about the Solar System, so I am gathering all the facts and details about the planets. This show will be a mixture of … Continue reading

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