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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
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
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
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
Keep an eye out for shooting stars tonight and tomorrow morning. The Quadrantid meteor shower is at its peak, although subdued by bright moonlight. In the evening, shooting stars race away from the head of Draco, located on the northern … Continue reading
The moon is still in Pisces tonight, but it has moved to the east and is nearer to Jupiter. Jupiter appears as a bright star below the moon. Look at Jupiter with binoculars, and then look at a bright star … Continue reading
The moon has waned into a crescent in the morning sky, and this morning it is in Virgo, near the planet Saturn. Around 4:00 AM look for the moon and to the upper left, Saturn.
The last quarter moon rises around 1:30 this morning, below the stars of Leo. Look to the left of the moon for the reddish planet, Mars. In late November the Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity Rover, began … Continue reading
The waning gibbous moon rises around 9:30, and will interfere with the peak of the Geminid meteor shower tonight, but you may still see a few bright shooting stars. Let us know how many you see.