Category Archive: News

Jul 31

Don’t be a Lightning Rod

Don’t be a Lightning Rod   A lightning storm is one of the most dramatic shows of nature. You may feel like rushing outside to experience the blinding bolts, with the loud CRACKs and rumbles of surround-sound thunder following close behind. But don’t. Lightning is dangerous. Stay inside. Each year there are around 25 million …

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Jul 01

Light Pollution

The City Dark, the award-winning documentary on light pollution, will receive its television broadcast premiere on PBS Thursday July 5th. Mark your calendars and check your local listings or download the free PBS iOS app and watch it on your iPad or iPhone

Jun 13

June Outreach

Hemlock Crossing Ottawa County Parks is partnering with the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association (SAAA) of Holland to offer year-round astronomy programs for both beginning and experienced stargazers. The first program this year is Tour the Night Sky scheduled for Friday June 17 at 9:30 p.m. at Hemlock Crossing County Park. Members of SAAA will bring …

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Jun 04

Supernova Discovered in M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

A new supernova (exploding star) has been discovered in the famous Whirlpool Galaxy, M51. M51, The Whirlpool galaxy is a galaxy found in the constellation of Canes Venatici, very near the star Alkaid in the handle of the saucepan asterism of the big dipper. Easily found with binoculars or a small telescope. The discovery was …

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May 31

Globular Clusters Are Real Oddballs

Unexpected populations in global clusters may unlock secrets of star formation ( — Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, are shedding new light on some of the oldest parts of the Milky Way, suggesting life in the stellar nursery wasn’t quite as simple as astronomers had thought.

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