eclipse http://michiganradio.org en "Once in a lifetime" transit of Venus viewing parties near you http://michiganradio.org/post/once-lifetime-transit-venus-viewing-parties-near-you <p>Star gazers in Michigan are preparing for a rare occasion Tuesday night when the path of the planet Venus can be seen crossing the sun.</p><p>The event is known as the transit of Venus and it only happens, in pairs, every hundred years or so. The next transit of Venus isn&rsquo;t for another 100 years.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nXv9YvkNyA</p><p>I stumbled across the&nbsp;transit while gulping down an&nbsp;awesome new beer at one of my favorite spots in Benton Harbor,&nbsp;<a href="http://liverybrew.com/#">The Livery Microbrewery</a>.</p><p>I chose a Venusian Ale for the ingredients. I&rsquo;m a sucker for &ldquo;Michigan made&rdquo; so the blend of &ldquo;Michigan Red Wheat malts meet all Northern Michigan hops and 60# of Dark Michigan Honey&rdquo; was right down my alley. Then co-owner Leslie Pickell told me all about the beer made especially for their transit of Venus viewing party &ndash; complete with <a href="http://www.transitofvenus.org/education/the-arts/328-art-show">an awesome art show </a>inspired by the transit&nbsp;AND a keg-time-capsule&nbsp;for the people alive&nbsp;during the next transit.&nbsp;</p><p>Once I started looking around, I discovered dozens of viewing parties across the state. Here&#39;s a short list:</p><ul><li><a href="http://events.wayne.edu/planetarium/2012/06/05/this-century-s-last-transit-of-venus-viewing-event-40933">Detroit</a></li><li><a href="http://graaa.org/transit2012.html">Greater&nbsp;Grand Rapids, Muskegon</a></li><li><a href="http://www.umich.edu/~lowbrows/calendar/venus-transit.html">Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti</a></li><li><a href="http://www.gtastro.org/">Traverse City</a></li><li><a href="http://mqtastrosociety.webs.com/masactivities.htm">Marquette</a></li><li><a href="http://www.albion.edu/news/archives/2011-12-archives/news-releases/1682-albion-to-host-venus-transit-viewing-june-5">Albion</a></li><li><a href="http://www.glaac.org/the-transit-of-venus/">Brighton</a></li><li><a href="http://www.delta.edu/planet/special-events.aspx">Bay City</a></li><li><a href="http://www.emmetcounty.org/">Mackinaw City</a></li></ul><p> Sun, 03 Jun 2012 23:37:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7717 at http://michiganradio.org "Once in a lifetime" transit of Venus viewing parties near you There's hope! Days getting longer in northern hemisphere http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-hope-days-getting-longer-northern-hemisphere <p>I was hoping to get to this post sooner, but the day just got away from me.</p><p>Today seemed unusually short. That's because it IS the shortest day of the year.</p><p>And soon, very soon, the days in the northern hemisphere will start to get longer.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:50:40 +0000 Mark Brush 673 at http://michiganradio.org There's hope! Days getting longer in northern hemisphere Lunar eclipse tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/lunar-eclipse-tonight <p><strong>Update December 21st, 2:00 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Well, I woke up... the Earth's shadow is passing over the moon right now. NASA says it'll be in full eclipse starting at 2:41 a.m. and then the shadow will start slipping off the moon at 3:53 a.m.</p><p>Welcome to the shortest day of the year! Now... time for bed.</p><p><strong>December 20th, 1:12 p.m.</strong></p><p>It's not as special as a solar eclipse, which happens in one spot (say in Detroit, MI) around once every several hundred years, but a lunar eclipse is still pretty cool. Even if it does happen around twice a year.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 18:12:01 +0000 Mark Brush 652 at http://michiganradio.org Lunar eclipse tonight