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Family Astronomy Night

Image of The planet Mars with visible Martian polar ice caps.

Save the date: Tuesday, October 20, at 7 PM via Zoom. The event topic, details, and Zoom link will be posted soon. Presentations are designed for all ages! To watch past astronomy night presentations, including the September talk about Mars, please visit the Family Astronomy Night webpage.

Virtual Astronomy Night Monday, August 31

Image of comet NEOWISE over Lake Huron in Greenbush, Michigan

Join us virtually on Monday, August 31 as we learn about comets! Dr. Edmund Stark of MSU St. Andrews will provide an engaging presentation focused on comets: what they are, where they come from, how they have appeared throughout history, and why they behave as they do! Visit the event page for full details and Zoom sign-on information. Photo credit Sherri Yezbick-Taylor…

How to See Comet NEOWISE Before It Disappears

Image of Comet NEOWISE north of the MBS International Airport in Freeland, Michigan

Did you know that a really special comet has just entered the evening sky? NEOWISE had been approaching the sun in the morning sky over the past month. It has just emerged from behind the sun (closest approach on July 3) and has now entered evening skies for residents of the northern hemisphere. It will reach its closest point to Earth during…

Project Spotlight: Planet Search

Evening landscape featuring stars in the sky

Among the 11 summer research projects being offered for 2020, several are new including Planet Search. Led by Dr. Edmund Stark, student fellows will utilize satellite images to search for a postulated “planet 9” beyond the Kuiper belt, potentially discovering brown dwarfs, asteroids, or other objects during the search. To facilitate the work, students will receive an introduction to orbital mechanics and…

Summer Research Program Kicks Off

Imiage of several 3D printed items

115 student fellows are participating virtually in the six-week program.

Virtual Astronomy Night from June 15; Watch Video!

Image of Solar System

If you missed astronomy night on June 15, you can watch it on video. Dr. Stark gave an excellent overview of what to watch for in the current sky and some rare events coming up in July. He also provided an update on the recent SpaceX launch. Watch it now by visiting the event page and scrolling down to the video. Event…

Family Astronomy Night Tuesday, April 28

Image of the sun

Join us virtually on Tuesday, April 28 as we focus on learning all about the sun! We will cover what it is made of, how it formed, and what the forces are that hold it together, as well as those trying to tear it apart.  We will describe how it changes day-to-day, month-to-month, over years, centuries, and much longer time periods.  Just…

Astronomy DAY November 11

Image of Mercury Transit from 2016 - dots in path across sun

Join us on Veterans Day to watch the transit of Mercury across the sun. This unique occurrence will not happen again until 2049!

STEM Teachers: Plant DNA Fingerprinting Workshop

More information coming soon!

Entrepreneurial Game Creator Provides Lecture at MSU St. Andrews

Students with Tom

The award-winning game designer and president of Columbia Games, Tom Dalgliesh, visited on August 10 to share his entrepreneurial experiences.