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Family Astronomy Night, Tuesday, November 17 at 7 PM EST– VIRTUAL EVENT

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Our Amazing Moon:More Complicated Than You Would Expect! Did you know that the Moon is responsible for how our calendars look? Do you know what a “supermoon” is? (Or Hunter’s Moon? Or a Blue Moon?) Can you see the man in the Moon? (Or the woman? Or the bunny?) Are you able to tell time using the Moon’s phases and position? Have…

Family Astronomy Night, Tuesday, October 20 at 7 PM – VIRTUAL EVENT

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Mars from Space: What Robotic Spacecraft Have Discovered About The Red Planet. Zoom Join Link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/93902393137 Password: MSU Did you know that Mars boasts the tallest mountain in the solar system, and the largest volcano as well—even though the “red planet” is barely half the size of Earth? Have you heard that Mars also has the longest canyon in the solar system—ten…

Mars: Humanity’s Favorite Planet

Did you know that this October, Mars will be closer to Earth than it will be for any time in the next 15 years? Have you noticed that Mars has increased in brightness all year, and is now about forty times brighter than a year ago? Are you aware that Earth has had more missions to Mars fail than to all other…

Family Astronomy Night

Have a safe and happy summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!. The next virtual astronomy night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

Comets! and the Planets in September

Did you see Comet NEOWISE as it flew by the Earth over the past few months? Did you notice that it seemed to be flying “backward” as it passed the Big Dipper? Have you been watching Jupiter and Saturn moving side-by-side through Sagittarius in the evening skies? Did you know that Mars is nearing its closest Earth approach when it will be…

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…

Planetary Motion and the Planets in May, June, and July

Due to the flood conditions, tonight’s planned astronomy event is postponed. We hope your families stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.  Did you know that brilliant Venus will soon disappear from its finest evening appearance in eight years? Or that you can now see all five naked-eye planets in a single night? Are you aware that the planets don’t move…

[ONLINE] Family Astronomy Night March 17, 2020

Moon

Due to the coronavirus situation and current public health recommendations, MSU St. Andrews will be offering a Zoom-based presentation on Tuesday, March 17, 8:00 p.m. instead of our normal program.  There will be no in-house seating, nor post-session observing, for this event.   We hope you’ll join us online! Please click this link to join the webinar: https://msu.zoom.us/j/920855823 Be sure to click “join…

Family Astronomy Night March 17 – View Event Video

Image of Saturn and system

Due to the coronavirus situation and current public health recommendations, MSU St. Andrews offered a Zoom-based presentation on Tuesday, March 17, 8:00 p.m. If you missed, you can play back the video and enjoy a great presentation! And this link takes you to the star charts that were used. Families with school-age and older children are invited to Zoom in for a…