MSU Abrams Planetarium Offers Moon and Planet Viewing

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Friday, September 9, 2016 - 9:00pm to 11:00pm

MSU Abrams Planetarium Offers Moon and Planet Viewing

(on Sept. 2, 3, and 8; and at MSU Observatory Sept. 9 and 10)

"September 2016 is an unusual month for sky-watchers. New Moon, when our natural satellite is invisibly lost in the glare of the Sun, occurs on the first and last day of September. So, a complete cycle of the Moon’s phases fits nicely within this month, beginning with the first thin crescent low in the west at dusk this Friday, Sept. 2, to a Full Moon rising in the east around sunset two weeks later on Sept. 16 (when it’ll be up all night), and ending with the last old thin crescent Moon.

The nights of Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10, from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., will be the next Public Observing Nights at the MSU Observatory, located in the far south campus, at the corner of Forest and College Roads, and just west of the Agriculture Expo Pavilion. In addition to the 24-inch telescope in the dome, you can look through several portable telescopes set up in the parking lot just west of the entrance to the Observatory. Be sure to arrive near the beginning of the session for best views of Saturn – the ringed planet sinks lower as the evening progresses.


- Check the planetarium's website at for dates of future Public Observing Nights at MSU Observatory. They often occur on the Friday and Saturday evenings closest to the date of the First Quarter (evening half) Moon. © 2013-2020 East Lansing Info