Look up to the night sky! Michigan's summer constellations

May 17, 2013

Summer Triangle
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Summer nights mean summer constellations, but if you slept through your astronomy class, it might be hard to figure out what exactly you are looking for.  Current State’s Emanuele Berry joined John French,  interim Director of the Abrams Planetarium for a tour of the summer sky.

The revolution of the earth around the sun is responsible for seasonal constellations. Stars can only be seen if they are in the opposite direction of the sun. Constellations newly visible during the summer months include Sagittarius, Lyra, and the astronomical asterism, the Summer Triangle.