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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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Alberio

Alberio, a blue and yellow star.  The double star Alberio marks the head of Cygnus, the Swan. It is high in the sky after midnight. You will need a telescope to see the two stars side by side, they are … Continue reading

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M57, the Ring Nebula in Lyra

M57, the Ring Nebula, is a shell of gas surrounding a white dwarf star. The hot white dwarf star radiates ultraviolet light which excites the gases in the shell, causing them to glow in visible light. This image is very … Continue reading

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Messier 64, the Black Eye Galaxy

Finally got a galaxy other than M31 and the Milky Way! To get the object centered, I used the telescope setting circles. I set them on Arcturus, the brightest star in that area. Then I moved the telescope to the catalog … Continue reading

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Saturn – April 30, 2013

200mm f/10, 10mm eyepiece projection single image, 3 sec exposure @ ISO 800. There’s a hint of the Cassini gap in the rings at the sides. Getting a precise focus, a steady moment, and a good exposure only took about 50 … 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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