Astronomy More Popular During Pandemic: Get Ready For A Pink Supermoon & Meteors

Apr 19, 2021

Pink Supermoon
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Buying a telescope has become increasingly more difficult over the past year due to the pandemic. People are finding skygazing a safe, socially-distanced thing to do during the global health crisis, and interest is skyrocketing.  Lisa Barry talks with Eastern Michigan University professor and director of the Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance about what will be visible in the night sky coming up in the next few weeks.


Sherzer Observatory director Norbert Vance with his astronomy equipment near Fish Lake.
Credit Norbert Vance

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues people abiding by public health advisories to stay out of public places and socially distance are looking for new things to do, interest in astronomy is surging, according to Eastern Michigan University professor and director of the Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance, who says it’s difficult to find a telescope to buy right now.

As far as what to look for, he says the annual Lyrid meteor showers are currently visible in the night sky. Vance says they coincide with the constellation Lyra, which happens to have the bright star Vega, a nice summer star, which, if you look off to the northeast around midnight or so, you can see. 

He says the so-called “pink supermoon” will be glowing next week on April 26th. 

  

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