Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks this Weekend!

Starry Night by Steven Karsten The annual Orionid shower peaks this Saturday, but Earthsky’s page on the Orionid Meteor shower says that Friday night might be the best viewing: The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend, though this year, in 2018, the shower must compete with the glare of the brilliant waxing gibbous … Continue reading Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks this Weekend!

Sign of spring #77: Trillium in the Woods!

Trillium, photo by karstenphoto One of the many signs of spring in Michigan is the appearance of the endangered trillium flower in the woods. In Plant Focus: Trillium, George Papadelis of the Michigan Gardener writes that for hundreds of years, this plant and its name have been used to symbolize purity, simplicity, elegance, and beauty. … Continue reading Sign of spring #77: Trillium in the Woods!

Locally Known as “the Bowl”

Locally Known as “the Bowl”, photo by karstenphoto EDIT: Wow I really messed this one up, sleepily citing an article that gave the dune’s age in the millions of years. Thanks to Tom Burrows for the catch. Let’s see if this information on coastal dunes from the DNR makes more sense: Michigan’s glacial history provides an explanation … Continue reading Locally Known as “the Bowl”

January 26th is Michigan’s Birthday!

Leaping in a Winter Wonderland, photo by karstenphoto Today is Michigan’s 176th birthday. For the 175th birthday last year we compiled some fun facts that you can check out. Here’s hoping that you get a chance to get out and celebrate what Michigan has to offer this weekend! If you’re staying warm inside, consider reading … Continue reading January 26th is Michigan’s Birthday!