Brian Ottum

Perseid
Dr. Brian Ottum

They're considered the best meteor showers of the year, and local amateur astronomer and member of the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers Dr. Brian Ottum says they are peaking later this week. Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Ottum about where and when to view the annual meteor shower which he says should be easier to see this year due to the phase of the moon.


Leonid
Brian Ottum

To distract us from everything going on in our worlds, there is another meteor shower that will be visible in the early morning sky peaking this week.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about what we might see and when and were to look for the "Leonid" meteors.

Meteor Shower
Brian Ottum

The Orionid Meteors should be visible Tuesday, October 20th in the night sky.  The moon sometimes impedes the view, but that is not expected to be the case this year.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about the meteors and the recent phenomenal view of Mars in the night sky.


Brian Ottum
Brian Ottum

If you heard or checked the weather forecast but looked outside and saw something different, it’s not your imagination.  Smoke from the west coast fires in the United States is moving into our area, according to local sky watcher and amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum.

 

Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Ottum about our current sky view, as well as about some upcoming exciting planetary views and the annual "Astronomy On The Beach" event.


Comet
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Some astronomers compare comets to cats.  They both have tails and are very hard to predict.

A recently discovered comet called NEOWISE can be seen even without binoculars in our area through July 23rd along the horizon in the northwest sky.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about the rare comet viewing and the best way to try and see it.


Moon
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It's rare for the so-called "Harvest Moon" to fall on Friday the 13th, but that's what is happening this year.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about the fall full moon and the upcoming "Astronomy At The Beach" opportunity for skywatchers to watch and learn about astronomy.


Brian Ottum

Several “celestial events” will be available to see in the night sky over the next week or so.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum who explains what planets will appear close to the moon in the coming days and shares tips for seeing the annual Perseid meteor showers.


Lunar Eclipse
Brian Ottum

A rare, total lunar eclipse will be visible from our area Sunday evening, January 20th.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about what to expect.


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As summer comes to a close, local astronomers and sky watchers have enjoyed some rare and interesting planetary displays.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with local amateur astronomer and member of the University of Michigan "Lowbrow Astronomers" group, Dr. Brian Ottum.


Lisa Barry

There will be some rare astronomical events happening over the next several days.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with local amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about what we might see...


Dr. Brian Ottum

While we're spending a lot of our time and energy surviving the January winter weather, there is a lot going on in the sky above us.

Local amateur astronomer and member of the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers Dr. Brian Ottum spoke to 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry about the local siting of a rare blue comet and the upcoming blue moon and lunar eclipse.