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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

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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

5/17/21 - Sea of Serenity

5/18/2021
As the moon becomes more illuminated, several dark round features will come into view. These are known as the Lunar Maria, the Latin word for "seas."

Duration:00:01:59

5/10/21 - Arc to Arcturus, Spike to Spica

5/12/2021
Spring is when the Big Dipper climbs high into the north, making it an excellent guidepost in the sky.

Duration:00:01:59

5/3/21 - Meteors from Halley’s Comet

5/1/2021
Twice each year the Earth crosses the orbit of Halley’s Comet. Each time we do, a meteor shower is created from the tiny flecks of ice and dust the comet leaves behind in its orbit.

Duration:00:01:59

4/26/21 - Splashes on the Moon

4/28/2021
The week of April 26 begins with the Super Pink Moon. This is also the best time to look for the splashes of material emanating from craters called "rays".

Duration:00:01:59

4/19/21 - Lyrid Meteor Shower

4/19/2021
After three months of what people call the meteor drought, the annual Lyrid meteor shower comes to a peak this week.

Duration:00:01:59

4/12/21 - The Horse and Rider

4/13/2021
If you look high into the northeast after dark, you can find the seven bright stars of the Big Dipper. One of the most famous double stars in the sky is there, too.

Duration:00:01:59

4/5/21 - Jupiter & Saturn in the Morning

4/5/2021
The giant planets Jupiter and Saturn are making their return into the morning sky this month.

Duration:00:01:59

3/29/21 - Leo the Lion

3/29/2021
Each season has that one constellation that serves as a signpost to the sky. In spring, many stargazers use the zodiacal constellation of Leo the Lion.

Duration:00:01:59

3/22/21 - The Sea of Rains

3/22/2021
All this week, the phase of the moon grows as the nearside becomes more illuminated by the sun. Look for the large impact basin in the upper left portion of the moon called the Sea of Rains.

Duration:00:01:59

3/15/21 - Observing in the Dark

3/15/2021
While many sky wonders can be observed in suburban skies with binoculars and telescopes, there are several things you can do to improve the view.

Duration:00:01:59

3/8/21 - Beehive Star Cluster

3/9/2021
The Beehive is one of the best examples of an open star cluster, a loose gathering of young stars that all formed about the same time and move together through space.

Duration:00:01:59

3/1/21 - Mars Meets the Pleiades

3/2/2021
All during the first week of March, the red planet Mars makes a close pass by the Pleiades Star Cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.

Duration:00:01:59

2/22/21 - Lepus the Hare

2/24/2021
Under a clear dark sky, look for Lepus the Hare just underneath the knees of Orion the Hunter.

Duration:00:02:00

2/15/21 - Emissaries to Mars

2/15/2021
The Red Planet, Mars, has dimmed considerably since its close approach to Earth last fall, but it’s still visible high in the west after dark. Three space probes arrive there this month, including NASA's Perseverance rover.

Duration:00:01:59

2/8/21 - The Two Dog Stars

2/10/2021
Near Orion are his hunting dogs, Canis Major and Minor, anchored by the bright stars Sirius and Procyon.

Duration:00:01:59

2/1/21 - Orion the Hunter

2/1/2021
About 90 minutes after sunset, the legendary constellation of Orion the Hunter shines about halfway up the southern sky. Underneath the three stars of his belt shines the Orion Nebula, one of the closest stellar nurseries to Earth.

Duration:00:01:59

1/25/21 - January Full Moon Names

1/25/2021
This year, the January Full Moon occurs on the 28th. Look for it to rise slightly north of east soon after sunset. There are many different names for the January Full Moon, especially by the Native Americans.

Duration:00:01:59

1/18/21 - The Waxing Moon

1/18/2021
The week of January 18 offers a perfect opportunity to follow what’s called “the waxing moon.” It's also a good time to look for the Sea of Tranquility, where the Apollo 11 astronauts landed in 1969.

Duration:00:01:59

1/11/21 - Mars, Uranus & the Moon

1/13/2021
This is a good week to start looking for the close approach of Mars and Uranus in the sky.

Duration:00:01:59

1/4/20 - The Eye of the Bull

1/5/2021
The orange star Aldebaran – the fiery eye of Taurus the Bull – is a great target for the January sky.

Duration:00:01:59