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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.

Black hole discoveries could test relativity theory

Nov 11, 2013
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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.

Approaching Comet ISON may be visible to naked eye

Oct 31, 2013
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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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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.