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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

Networks:

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

6/29/20 - The Waxing & Waning Moon

6/29/2020
This year, from the end of June through mid-July, you can see a perfect example of the Waxing Moon changing into a Waning Moon. There is a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse on July 5 which is extraordinarily challenging to see.

Duration:00:01:59

6/22/20 - The First Stars to Appear

6/22/2020
About 30 minutes after sunset, the sky is still quite bright, but this is a good time to start watching for the brightest stars to appear first.

Duration:00:01:59

6/15/20 - The Summer Solstice

6/15/2020
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of summer officially begins on June 20 at 5:44 pm Eastern Time.

Duration:00:01:59

6/8/20 - Blue Supergiant Spica

6/8/2020
After dusk, look about a third of the way up the southern sky for a bluish star. This is Spica, a Blue Supergiant that could go Supernova in about 15 million years.

Duration:00:02:00

6/1/20 - June Full Moon Names

6/1/2020
The June Full Moon was often referred to as the Strawberry Moon by the Algonquin tribe, but these same peoples had other names for this Full Moon.

Duration:00:01:59

5/25/20 - Mercury at Its Prime

5/23/2020
Only three or four times a year, you have a chance to find Mercury close to the western horizon at dusk or near the eastern horizon at dawn.

Duration:00:03:00

5/18/20 - Venus Slips by Mercury

5/18/2020
This week provides a rare opportunity to see the two planets closest to the sun – Venus and Mercury.

Duration:00:01:59

5/11/20 - The Big & Little Dippers

5/11/2020
Spring is the time of year when the Big Dipper climbs higher into the northern sky.

Duration:00:01:59

5/4/20 - Bright Stars in the West

5/4/2020
As the week progresses, the moon rises later each night, giving us a dark sky full of stars to enjoy.

Duration:00:02:01

4/27/20 - International Space Station

4/27/2020
During the few hours after sunset or before sunrise, literally dozens of satellites will look like slowly moving dots across the sky, especially if the skies are dark.

Duration:00:01:59

4/20/20 - The Lyrid Meteor Shower

4/20/2020
If you're getting tired of Zoom meetings and binging on Netflix, take a break and look to the sky for the annual Lyrid meteor shower!

Duration:00:01:59

4/13/20 - Moon Meets Three Planets

4/12/2020
For four mornings beginning Tuesday, April 14, the waning moon will pass by three bright planets – Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.

Duration:00:02:00

4/6/20 - The Pink Super Moon

4/7/2020
This week, the moon grows to become full on April 7. On that evening, the moon will rise in the east almost immediately after the sun sets in the west.

Duration:00:02:00

3/30/20 - Venus Meets The Pleiades

3/31/2020
Venus will meet up with the famous Pleiades Star Cluster in early April. You can also see Venus go through phases in a telescope as it gets closer to Earth.

Duration:00:02:00

3/30/20 - Earthshine

3/30/2020
When the moon likes look a thin crescent, there's a feature to look for called Earthshine.

Duration:00:01:59

3/23/20 - Earthshine

3/24/2020
Later this week, the Waxing Crescent Moon makes its appearance in the west after sunset.

Duration:00:01:59

3/16/20 - A Trio of Morning Planets

3/16/2020
All this week, a trio of planets group closer together in the morning before dawn.

Duration:00:02:01

3/9/20 - The Little Beehive

3/10/2020
About 90 minutes after sunset, you can find Sirius and a cluster of stars called the Little Beehive.

Duration:00:01:54

3/2/20 - Gibbous Moon

3/2/2020
This week, the sunlit side of the Moon will seem to grow as the Moon itself slips backward among the stars.

Duration:00:02:10

2/24/20 - Moon Meets Venus & Uranus

2/25/2020
In the early evening skies after sunset, Venus continues to steal the show as a super bright "star" in the west.

Duration:00:02:00