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Thursday, May 6, 3 p.m. EDT

NASA solar scientist Dr. Alex C. Young  talks about space weather and the sun-caused impacts on earth, what we can protect, and what’s at risk.  He’ll also give a heads-up about the  upcoming 2024 total solar eclipse, the centerline of which passes directly through Indiana.  

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Michiana Star Party 12

Labor Day Weekend 2021

It's on!  The Michiana Star Party 12 is slated for Labor Day Weekend 2021 (announced March 11).  Join amateur astronomers under the firmament and discover the resplendence of a starry night at Dr. TK Lawless Park in Vandalia, MI.   Details at MAS website.

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Make Solargraphs

Make a solargraph between the solstices to show the annual path of sun.  With an aluminum can, some duct tape, and photographic film, your pinhole camera will capture a long-duration snapshot of time and place.  .

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Partial Lunar Eclipse

Nov. 19, 2021

While it is close to a total lunar eclipse with over 97% of the moon in the shadow, a 3% wedge will still shine brilliantly.  It's a wee hours event, with mid-eclipse around 5:00 a.m. EST.

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Additional Local Astronomy

Other Michiana astronomy opportunities abound. Enjoy Our Universe Revealed presentations, hear speakers at a Michiana Astronomical Society meeting, launch rockets, check out a large collection of meteorites, or stargaze at Dr. TK Lawless Park (2021 schedule here).

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I'm Chuck Bueter, an amateur astronomer embracing public outreach. Let's make ideas happen--be energy at the speed of life!

Nightwise is my portal to the night sky and other personal interests. Blog posts about recent and upcoming events often have an emphasis on astronomy.  

AstroCamp is a stargazing adventure at YMCA Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, MI.  See intro here or go directly to the www.astrocamp.us

Clear your calendar for April 8, 2024.  Totality for  solar eclipse will be visible along a swath from Texas to Maine.  Make a Sun Funnel for your telescope so a crowd can view safely.

Here are my 100+ ideas to inspire better outdoor lighting practices and lessen waste.  I have personally field-tested most of these activities, ranging from easy to ambitious.  Go!

Capture the essence of time--an image of the sun arcing across the sky between the solstices--by making a simple pinhole camera.

 

Using sufficient yet sensible light will benefit the night sky and human health, too.  In lessening light pollution we gain many upsides.  Avoid the blues (blue light, that is).

  • Comet Festival

  • Transit of Venus

  • Paper Plate Education

  • Let There Be Night                 And more...

Gotta love the Great Lakes.  Here are weather links for on the water and on the sun alike. 

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