Jupiter and Venus Draw Close!

  Throughout the month of June, Venus and Jupiter have been drawing closer with each passing night. But the closer these two planets get, the more change you will observe with each passing night! By the evening of Monday, June 15, Jupiter and Venus will be separated by only 10 degrees! If you hold out your fist at arm’s length, … Continue reading

2015 Outdoor Family Astronomy Campout

Come spend a week in the natural beauty of the U.P., along the shores of Lake Superior. So far, we only have one dark sky camping event currently in the planning stages for this year. We will return to the pristine, inky-black skies of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from August 11-15, 2015. Last year, we had families come from … Continue reading

Venus and Jupiter Draw Close!

  JUPITER AND VENUS are drawing very close! These two will get closer and closer in the evening sky over the month of June. In early June, Venus will form a straight line with the bright “twin stars” Castor and Pollux in Gemini. After that, these stars will drop lower toward the sunset, away from Venus, as the Sun begins … Continue reading

Lunar Conjunctions in May

  On the evening of Thursday, May 21, the waxing crescent Moon will pass the blazingly bright planet Venus. Look to the western sky after sunset to see this pair glittering in the twilight. Keep your eye on the Moon for the next couple of nights, as it will pass the very bright planet Jupiter on the evening of Saturday, … Continue reading

Planets and Constellations in May

  If you learned to spot Jupiter and Venus from this recent graphic (http://on.fb.me/1AZQoWk), now you’re ready to find these blazingly bright planets among the constellations! Throughout the month of May, Jupiter and Venus will be lined up between the constellations Gemini and Leo. Look for them in the western sky about an hour after sunset. These constellations are especially … Continue reading

Palindrome Week – 2015

  Now that Pi Day and all the sequential number dates are past for the 21st century, what’s a math geek to do? Thankfully, someone belatedly figured out about PALINDROME WEEK! (Actually, a 10 day period). These would have started on January 1, 2001, and there would have been one week a year since (except in 2010). So we missed … Continue reading

Noon Sun During May

  During May, the days grow long much less than in April, since the Sun increases only 7 degrees in declination, compared to 14-1/2 degrees in that previous month. (Compare with the previous month’s graphics.) The length of daylight only increases between 23 to 54 minutes for most locations in the USA, whereas daylight increased nearly two hours in April. … Continue reading

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