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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

2/18/19 - Lepus the Hare

2/18/2019
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Under a clear, dark sky, you can see one of the lesser known constellations, Lepus the Hare, being chased by Orion the Hunter.

Duration:00:01:54

2/11/19 - Closest Full Moon of 2019

2/11/2019
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This month will see the closest full moon of the year on February 19.

Duration:00:01:54

2/4/19 - Great Orion Nebula

2/4/2019
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With no Moon in the sky, you can see one of the most famous deep sky objects this week.

Duration:00:01:54

1/28/19 - The Northern Lights

1/29/2019
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When the conditions are right, you can see the Northern Lights. But when is the best time to see them?

Duration:00:01:54

1/21/19 - Venus Meets Jupiter

1/21/2019
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Venus is now visible in the morning sky before sunrise and it’ll be meeting up with Jupiter this week.

Duration:00:01:54

1/14/19 - Total Eclipse of the Moon

1/15/2019
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Late on the night of January 20 going into January 21 is the first total eclipse of the Moon seen in the eastern U.S. since 2015.

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1/7/19 - The Shifting of the Moon

1/7/2019
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The Moon appears as a thin crescent low in the west as the week begins, but it will slip a little further eastward each night.

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12/31/18 - Quadrantid Meteor Shower

12/28/2018
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If meteors are your thing, this is the week for you.

Duration:00:02:04

12/24/18 - The Seven Sisters

12/21/2018
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You can see one of the most famous star clusters in the sky this week - the Seven Sisters (also known as the Pleiades).

Duration:00:01:54

12/17/18 - Apollo 8's 50th Anniversary

12/17/2018
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Friday, December 21 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the moon.

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12/10/18 - Comet Wirtanen

12/10/2018
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Comet Wirtanen makes a close approach to Earth December 16th. Learn how to find it with ordinary binoculars!

Duration:00:01:54

12/3/18 - Venus Returns

12/3/2018
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The planet Venus has reclaimed its place as the "Morning Star" in the eastern sky before dawn.

Duration:00:01:54

11/26/18 - Capella, The Goat Star

11/28/2018
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The brightest star of the fall sky is low in the northeast after twilight. This is Capella, in the constellation of Auriga the Charioteer.

Duration:00:01:54

11/19/18 - The Beaver Moon

11/21/2018
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The Moon continues to grow in phase this week, reaching full on November 22.

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11/12/18 - Follow the Moon

11/12/2018
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Early in the week, the Moon appears as a thin crescent in the southwest at dusk. With each passing night, you can see it slip eastward, which will also change its phase.

Duration:00:01:54

11/5/18 - The Andromeda Galaxy

11/5/2018
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Our sister galaxy, Andromeda, is the most distant object you can see in the night sky without a telescope, and cool, dry autumn nights are a great time to look for it.

Duration:00:01:59

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