Astronomy

Cranbrook Institute of Science Acquires New Meteorite

The Institute’s latest meteorite acquisition comes from a pristine rayed impact crater developed in Cretaceous sandstone bedrock in the remote East Uweinat Desert of Egypt, near the border with Sudan. The specimen, an iron meteorite (ungrouped nickel-rich ataxite), is a shrapnel piece derived from a 1.3 meter wide impactor, that likely struck around 4,000 years ago.

Folco et al. 2010, The Kamil Crater in Egypt, Science, 13 August, Vol. 329, p 810.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the Sun, Moon, and stars.  They learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star and take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that the Moon is a very different place from the Earth. When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu imagine themselves back on Earth, they celebrate the idea that even though they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky.

NGC 1300

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NGC 1300, a galaxy about 70 million light-years away

Michigan Sky Tonight

What will I see when I go outside tonight? What’s happening at Saturn? What are the latest hot topics in Astronomy? Michigan Sky Tonight is a live-narrated program about what’s happening in the current night sky and in the universe of astronomy, from constellations to comets, planets to pulsars. In this 45-minute astronomical tour de force, you’ll also learn how to use a starchart that we provide for you to keep!

Michigan Sky Tonight is a live-narrated program updated every Friday to reflect the latest events in the night sky and other cosmic happenings.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo’s friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the Sun, Moon, and stars.  They learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star and take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that the Moon is a very different place from the Earth. When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu imagine themselves back on Earth, they celebrate the idea that even though they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky.

Young Stargazers Sky Journey

Make the sky turn dark and sprinkle the sky with stars! The setting is complete as you embark on an exciting and educational journey through the night sky and the planets.

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  • Recommended for 3 years old and up.

Planetarium Shows

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Astronomy Resources

The Sky

Monthly Star Chart

Planetarium ThumbnailThis is an easy-to-use star chart that shows the sky only for evenings in the month indicated. Download and print it for free, courtesy of Cranbrook Institute of Science. Have fun!

 

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