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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

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 - The Red Planet

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

5/7/18 - The Evening Star

5/8/2018
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If you look to the western sky at dusk, you'll see an exceptionally bright star that's not a star at all, but the planet Venus.

Duration:00:01:48

4/30/18 - Bright Stars Near the Horizon

5/1/2018
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The moon rises later and later each night this week, and there will appear to be a number of bright stars close to the horizon.

Duration:00:01:54

4/23/18 - Arc to Arcturus

4/23/2018
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Spring is when the stars of the Big Dipper climb to their highest point in the north and can make for a pointer to other bright stars.

Duration:00:01:49

4/16/18 - The Crescent Moon and the Lyrid Meteor Shower

4/16/2018
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The waxing crescent moon passes by several notable objects in the night sky this week. Plus, the Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak this weekend.

Duration:00:01:49

4/9/18 - Leo & Regulus

4/9/2018
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Each season has one major constellation that makes for a central guidepost to the sky. For spring, that constellation is Leo the Lion.

Duration:00:01:54

4/2/18 - Mars Meets Saturn

4/3/2018
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A dance between the planets Mars and Saturn is taking place in the morning sky before dawn.

Duration:00:01:48

3/26/18 - The Full Sap Moon

3/26/2018
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The moon will get brighter this week as the sunlit side grows from gibbous to full, becoming the second full moon of the month on March 31.

Duration:00:01:49

3/19/18 - Mars, Jupiter & Saturn

3/17/2018
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The trio of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn can be seen in the morning sky this week.

Duration:00:01:54

Mercury Meets Venus

3/14/2018
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This week provides a rare opportunity to see the two planets closer to the sun – Venus and Mercury.

Duration:00:01:55

3/5/18 - Meteors

3/9/2018
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This week, specs of light that streak across our night sky: meteors, fireballs, and meteorites.

Duration:00:01:48

2/26/18 - Full Moon

2/26/2018
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The March full moon has been called the Worm Moon, the Crow Moon, and many other names.

Duration:00:01:55

2/12/18 - Deep Sky Objects

2/12/2018
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With the Moon gone from the night sky this week, the sky is dark enough to see some objects that are normally only visible with a telescope.

Duration:00:01:49

2/5/18 - Sirius

2/5/2018
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You can use Orion's belt to find the brightest star in the night sky: Sirius, the "Dog Star."

Duration:00:01:49

1/29/18 - Super Blue Moon Eclipse

1/26/2018
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Jan. 31 marks the intersection of a super moon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse.

Duration:00:01:54