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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.
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Bay City, MI

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Michigan PR

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

10/29/18 - Great Square of Pegasus

10/29/2018
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Each season has a prominent constellation or group of stars that serves as an excellent pointer to that part of the sky. In autumn, it's the Great Square of Pegasus.

Duration:00:01:55

10/22/18 - Cassiopeia the Queen

10/23/2018
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The "W" of Cassiopeia is visible in the northeast after dusk. Learn about this famous constellation and why you can see it in the north all year round.

Duration:00:01:57

10/15/18 - International Observe the Moon Night

10/19/2018
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Museums, schools and planetariums host this annual event to observe our nearest celestial neighbor. It's also a chance to see the latest discoveries from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Duration:00:01:51

10/8/18 - Last Chance to See Jupiter

10/8/2018
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The changing of the seasons will put Jupiter in the Sun's glare by the end of the month.

Duration:00:01:51

10/1/18 - Satellites & The ISS

10/1/2018
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Not all objects in the night sky are made by nature. You can also spot the International Space Station and other Earth-orbiting satellites at night.

Duration:00:01:55

9/24/18 - Harvest Moon

9/24/2018
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The Harvest Moon, the closest full moon to the Autumn Equinox, takes place on Sept. 25 this year.

Duration:00:01:55

9/17/18 - The Autumn Equinox

9/17/2018
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Sept. 22 marks the Autumn Equinox, when day and night are equal in length.

Duration:00:01:54

9/10/18 - Say Goodbye to Venus

9/11/2018
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The brilliant planet Venus is making its last hurrah low in the west at dusk.

Duration:00:01:49

7/30/18 - Mars at Close Approach

7/30/2018
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Every 26 months, Mars and Earth line up on one side of the sun in an opposition. This is also when the two planets reach their closest approach.

Duration:00:01:49

7/23/18 - Rays of the Full Moon

7/23/2018
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On Friday, July 27, the Moon will become full and you can see it get close to the planet Mars.

Duration:00:01:49

7/16/18 - The Summer Triangle

7/16/2018
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As evening twilight fades into night, look for three bright stars high in the east that are great for starhopping to areas of interest.

Duration:00:01:48

7/9/18 - Saturn at Close Approach

7/9/2018
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The ringed planet, Saturn, is at its closest approach to Earth. How much magnifying power does it take to see the rings?

Duration:00:01:49

7/2/18 - Vega

7/2/2018
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About 90 minutes after sunset, look high in the eastern sky for a beautiful blue-white star. Its name is Vega, and no it’s not in honor of a 1970s Chevrolet.

Duration:00:01:54

6/25/18 - Four Planets in the Evening

6/26/2018
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With the bright Moon drowning out faint nebula and galaxies, this is a good week to look for planets.

Duration:00:01:49

6/18/18 - First Quarter Moon

6/19/2018
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By June 20, the moon will appear in the south soon after sunset and look half illuminated. Many call this a half moon, but it's really a first quarter moon.

Duration:00:01:54

6/11/18 - Northern Crown

6/11/2018
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During the month of June, one of the most distinctive constellations is Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, because it lies high in the sky early in the evening.

Duration:00:01:48

6/4/18 - Mars Brightens

6/4/2018
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Look to the south this week to see a "star" with a steady light and a reddish hue, a dead giveaway that you're actually looking at the planet Mars.

Duration:00:01:54

5/28/18 - Venus Meets the Twins

5/24/2018
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The brilliant planet Venus is currently travelling through the constellation of Gemini the Twins, giving a dramatic impression of just how fast the planet is moving.

Duration:00:01:49

5/21/18 - Jupiter at Close Approach

5/21/2018
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The planet Jupiter makes its closest approach to Earth this month, and that means it will shine a little brighter than usual.

Duration:00:01:49

5/14/18 - Corvus the Crow

5/16/2018
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One distinctive little springtime constellation to look for this week is Corvus the Crow.

Duration:00:01:49