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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