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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

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

9/3/18 - The Milky Way

8/31/2018
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Now is a good time to observe the Summer Milky Way, especially under a dark sky with no Moon.

Duration:00:01:48

8/27/18 - A Panorama of Jupiter-Saturn-Mars

8/27/2018
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The early evening sky will speckle with more stars. Among them, a long panorama of bright planets can be seen in the south.

Duration:00:02:03

8/20/18 - The Sturgeon Moon

8/20/2018
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All this week, the sunlit side of the Moon will seem to grow as it gradually slips eastward among the stars.

Duration:00:01:49

8/13/18 - Crescent Moon & Planetary Motion

8/10/2018
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This week, the Crescent Moon makes its appearance and passes by both Venus and Jupiter.

Duration:00:01:55

8/6/18 - Perseid Meteor Shower

8/6/2018
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One of the most well-known meteor showers of the year reaches peak activity on the night of August 12 and morning of August 13.

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

7/9/18 - 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

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