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The Night Sky Notes is a place on our web site that we use to keep skywatchers up to date on what's up in the sky. Check back often to find out what's new and visible in our ever changing sky. As we learn about something new, we'll post it to this page as soon as we can. If you like to subscribe to news feeds, click the RSS link below. The posts will automatically show up in your news aggregator or feed reader.

If you would like more detailed information including star charts, check out our Sky Calendar. For just $11.00 per year, you'll get 12 issues mailed to you. Proceeds from the Sky Calendar help support the Abrams Planetarium and Night Sky Notes.

For more sky information written especially for science teachers, see our MSTA page: http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/msta/

The Night Sky Notes are now available as a feed for iCal, Windows Calendar, Google Calendar and many other calendar programs. Click the iCal link to subscribe to the Night Sky Notes in your favorite calendar program.

The URL for the iCal feed of the Abrams Planetarium's Night Sky Notes is:
"http://www.pa.msu.edu/abrams/nightskynotes/nightskynotes.ics".
You may need to cut and paste this link into the "subscribe" option of your calendar.


Night Sky Note for July 30, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Abrams Planetarium Night Sky Notes has been discontinued. Please find Abrams Planetarium on Facebook and Twitter. Also look at the Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar for astronomical information. Visit abramsplanetarium.org for more information.


Night Sky Note for July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The waning crescent Moon is near Aldebaran. Look east two hours before sunrise.


Night Sky Note for July 21, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014
The waning crescent Moon is near the Pleiades star cluster. Look east two hours before sunrise.


Night Sky Note for July 20, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Mars is 3.6 degrees to the upper left of Spica.


Night Sky Note for July 19, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014
The Last Quarter Moon is in the southeast an hour before sunrise.


Night Sky Note for July 18, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014
Mercury is 6.3 degrees to the lower left of Venus. Look ENE 45 minutes before sunrise.


Night Sky Note for July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Mars is 2.3 degrees to the upper left of Spica.


Night Sky Note for July 16, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Mercury is 6.2 degrees (minimum distance) to the lower left of Venus. Look ENE 45 minutes before sunrise.


Night Sky Note for July 15, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Mars is 1.6 degrees to the upper left of Spica.


Night Sky Note for July 14, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014
Mars is 1.4 degrees to the upper left of Spica.


Night Sky Note for July 13, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Mars is 1.3 degrees to the above of Spica. (closest approach)


Night Sky Note for July 12, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Mars is 1.4 degrees to the upper right of Spica.


Night Sky Note for July 11, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014
Mars is 1.6 degrees to the upper right of Spica.


Night Sky Note for July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Mercury is 8 degrees to the lower left of Venus. Look ENE 45 minutes before sunrise.


Please send any comments, suggestions, or questions to
John French: frenchj@ msu.edu