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"Astronomy Banner" by John Vermette, CC BY-SA 4.0
This guide is intended to highlight resources available to community patrons on the topic of amateur astronomy. Many of the resources included in this guide are freely available on the internet. Print materials included are available to the Michigan community through MeLCat or a community borrowers card.
The Talbert and Leota Abrams Planetarium, located on the Michigan State University campus, serves as an astronomy and space science education resource center for central Michigan. The planetarium is an outreach unit of the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy and supports astronomy teaching on campus as well as offers a variety of planetarium shows to the public--preschool through senior citizens.
Abrams Planetarium is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19. However, they typically offer a variety of programming for the public.
The Abrams Planetarium publishes a monthly sky calendar of celestial events. The calendars also include a star map of the month's evening sky. The sky maps are designed for use at a convenient time in mid-evening, for a latitude useful for the entire continental U.S. (40 degrees north). Astronomers can subscribe to Sky Calendar for $12 per year.
MSU St. Andrews
MSU St. Andrews hosts a combination of extramurally supported research; science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education programs for students and families; plus associated professional development opportunities for teachers in the greater Midland region. It also offers a lending library of e
Family Astronomy Night
Typically, astronomy night is held in-person at the MSU St. Andrews building in Midland. Events include family-oriented activities and stargazing through various telescopes. MSU St. Andrews is currently offering their regular schedule of Astronomy Nights over Zoom.