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-Chuck Bueter



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.  .


21 DEC - Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction

In December 2020, Jupiter and Saturn slowly approach each other until the planets--and their respective larger moons-- appear together side-by-side in a telescope eyepiece.  Look toward the southwest sky for bright Jupiter.


Santa's Favorite Star

How does Santa find his way around the globe at night?  Make this simple device that shows how Santa navigates by the stars.


Additional Local Astronomy

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


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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

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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