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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. 


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Indiana law will change mid-2022, quashing all net-metering for solar energy.  If you ever considered solar panels in Indiana, NOW is the time to act before the Statehouse gift to the utilities takes effect.  New installations must be approved by July 2022.  Firm.



April 8

The two-year countdown begins for the 2024 total solar eclipse.  It's not too early to advise school boards and businesses to mark 2024 calendars and to consider time off for viewing one of nature's greatest spectacles--a total solar eclipse.


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Nov 8 early morning

Another long lunar eclipse, this time in the early morning sky, with totality lasting 85 minutes.  See blog post Be An Election Day Observer...of Total Lunar Eclipse.


Additional Local Astronomy

For astronomy events in our northern Indiana region, see the Michiana Astronomical Society.  Local observing is available from the dark skies of Dr. T.K. Lawless Park in Vandalia, MI.  Highlights in the 2022 sky are at this South Bend Tribune article.


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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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