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12:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Stargazers drawn to Michigan 'Dark Sky Park'

This month marks the three-year anniversary of Michigan's first International Dark Sky Park.
Credit Flickr

Three years ago this month, a curious “first” unfolded in Michigan. That’s when a 600-acre county park just west of the Mackinac Bridge became our state’s first International Dark Sky Park.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:49 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Black hole discoveries could test relativity theory

A black hole outburst in Spiral Galaxy M83.
Credit Flickr - NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Astronomers have found another black hole within a densely packed cluster of stars. Last year, an MSU lead research team discovered two black holes in a similar globular star cluster, suggesting that black holes occupying groups of dense stars may be more common than previously thought.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:13 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Approaching Comet ISON may be visible to naked eye

John French of MSU's Abrams Planetarium says comets are often confused with meteors but are different. They can linger in the sky for weeks or months.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Between now and the end of the year, a rare treat will be streaking across the sky. Astronomers and amateur star-gazers alike are awaiting in anticipation for Comet ISON, which many are predicting will be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:59 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Scientists look to meteorites for clues about life on Mars

A meteorite discovered in January in the Sahara Desert contained ten times more water than any other Mars meteorites that have been found on Earth.
Credit Flickr

In order to find out more about the potential for life on Mars, some scientists aren’t looking up, but down. A team of researchers are examining meteorites to help determine if conditions on Mars were ever able to sustain life.

MSU geological sciences professor Michael Velbel is part of the research team. He joins Current State from Washington D.C, where he is currently serving as a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

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