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Q-90.1's Backyard Astronomer

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Mike Murray from the Delta College Planetarium takes a look at what's up in the night sky. Things are happening all the time in the backyard universe, and many of them don't require a telescope to see and enjoy.

Mike Murray from the Delta College Planetarium takes a look at what's up in the night sky. Things are happening all the time in the backyard universe, and many of them don't require a telescope to see and enjoy.

Location:

Bay City, MI

Networks:

Michigan PR

Description:

Mike Murray from the Delta College Planetarium takes a look at what's up in the night sky. Things are happening all the time in the backyard universe, and many of them don't require a telescope to see and enjoy.

Language:

English


Episodes

2/17/20 - Use the Belt Stars

2/17/2020
The three bright stars that make up Orion's belt make for one of the best guideposts in the sky.

Duration:00:01:59

2/10/20 - The Orion Nebula

2/10/2020
With the Moon past full and moving into the post-midnight sky, now is the perfect opportunity to observe the Great Orion Nebula.

Duration:00:01:59

2/3/20 - Venus & Mercury

2/10/2020
The planet Venus is drawing spectacular attention in the west as it outshines all the other star-like objects in the west after sunset.

Duration:00:01:59

1/27/20 - The Waxing Moon

1/29/2020
The Moon appears low in the west at the beginning of this week, but will move further eastward each night.

Duration:00:01:54

1/20/20 - Betelgeuse Going Supernova?

1/22/2020
One of the best-known constellations of the winter sky is approaching its prime in the southern sky and one of its stars is due to explode someday.

Duration:00:01:54

1/13/20 - Mars Meets Its Rival

1/13/2020
At the beginning of the week, Mars will be above a slightly brighter star called “Antares.”

Duration:00:01:53

1/6/20 - The Wolf Moon

1/9/2020
This month, the full moon occurs Friday the 10th, when you can expect to see it slightly north of east after sunset.

Duration:00:01:55

12/30/19 - Quadrantid Meteor Shower

12/30/2019
If you like looking for meteors, mark the night of January 3 on your calendar!

Duration:00:01:59

12/23/19 - Birthday of the Sun

12/20/2019
Many of our modern holiday traditions have their roots in the winter festivals of long ago, including the date we now call Christmas.

Duration:00:01:55

12/16/19 - Fomalhaut

12/17/2019
About 90 minutes after sunset, look for "The Lonely One" in an area devoid of other bright stars.

Duration:00:01:59

12/9/19 - The Cold Moon

12/9/2019
With the Winter Solstice fast approaching, it's no surprise that December's full moon is called the Cold Moon.

Duration:00:01:59

12/2/19 - Seven Sisters

12/3/2019
One of the most recognizable star clusters is now gracing the eastern sky after dark.

Duration:00:01:55

11/25/19 - The Andromeda Galaxy

11/25/2019
With little or no moon in the sky this week, it's a good time to look for one of the most famous deep sky objects.

Duration:00:01:55

11/18/19 - Venus Encounters Jupiter

11/18/2019
After more than a year, Venus finally makes its way back into the evening skies.

Duration:00:01:55

11/11/19 - Transit of Mercury

11/11/2019
On Monday, Nov. 11, the planet Mercury will pass in front of the Sun in a rare event known as a transit.

Duration:00:01:55

11/4/19 - Capella in Auriga

11/4/2019
The brightest star of the fall sky is currently low in the northeast after twilight.

Duration:00:01:55

10/28/19 - Cassiopeia the Queen

10/28/2019
Look high in the northeast for a group of bright stars that looks like a big "W" in the sky and you'll see the constellation of Cassiopeia the Queen.

Duration:00:01:55

10/21/19 - Orionid Meteor Shower

10/25/2019
You might have noticed an increase in the number of "shooting stars" in the morning sky before sunrise. This is due to the Orionid meteor shower, which is peaking right now.

Duration:00:01:55

10/14/19 - Great Square of Pegasus

10/14/2019
Each season has a notable group of stars to serve as a guidepost to that part of the sky. In autumn, we have the Great Square of Pegasus.

Duration:00:01:55

10/7/19 - The Lunar Seas

10/7/2019
The dark plains on the Moon are called maria or seas because early observers mistook them for bodies of water.

Duration:00:01:55