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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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The sky is falling, and it isn’t snow.

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

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If it wasn’t snowing….

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

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Early morning viewing of Saturn.

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.

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Can you find Curiosity’s Destination?

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

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Geminid Meteor Shower

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.

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What constellations can you find?

The moon is full tonight, rising in Taurus as the sun sets. It will light the sky, hiding faint stars so that it will be a little easier to pick out constellations. Download our winter star map and take it … Continue reading

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