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Amateur Astronomy: MSU Resources

A guide for MSU and community users on both MSU Libraries and freely available resources for hobby and amateur astronomers.


Image of Lovejoy, a long-period comet

"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.

Abrams Planetarium

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.

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


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