2013 Meteor Shower Guide

Watching for “Shooting Stars” can be an enjoyable, if unpredictable, observing opportunity during meteor showers. You may see only a few fleeting meteors, or you may see several, or even a fireball! This graphic shows the major showers for this year, and their “radiants.” Best times for observing is meteor showers is after midnight. Source: […]

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Finding Iridium Flares & ISS Fly-Overs From Any Location

Iridium Flares are bright reflections from orbiting communications satellite panels. They are a VERY localized event – an observer a few miles from the “center” location of a Flare will see it at reduced magnitude – if they see it at all. Iridium Flares appear almost like a meteor, but they are VERY predictable – […]

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A New Astronomy Club and Star Party in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan has been the home of the wonderful Grand Traverse Astronomical Society for 30 years, but for those who live further east or north, it can be a bit of a hike. So we were extremely pleased to learn that a new astronomy club has formed just outside Boyne City. The Northern Michigan Astronomy […]

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