astronomy

Comet ISON on November 16, 2013
Waldemar Skorupa (Kahler Asten, Germany), via spaceweather.com

This week, the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society was forced to cancel its watch party for Comet ISON. After the comet’s trip around the sun, it’s a lot less bright and barely visible.

A model of the craft for the MAVEN mission to Mars.
NASA

A new spacecraft will be on its way to Mars in November to help us understand the planet’s atmosphere. 

The Perseid shower is expected to reach peak intensity on Sunday and Monday nights.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum Planetarium Coordinator Eric Schreur says a good place to look on March 12th is just to the left of the crescent moon. A pair of binoculars will help.

AP Photo / Nasha Gazeta

Shortly after a large meteorite exploded over Russia last month, some people started thinking about a much larger event millions of years ago. Scientists believe that a massive meteorite impact probably doomed the dinosaurs to extinction. That makes many wonder if we could be next.  

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