New "Dark Sky" Park In Southwest Michigan

Feb 3, 2020
Robert Parrish

A park in Cass County has won international recognition for having an amazing view of the night sky. Dr. T.K. Lawless Park just became one of only 79 “International Dark-Sky Parks” in the world, and is the second one in Michigan.

Michigan Hopes "Dark Skies" Lure Visitors

May 24, 2019
Andy Robins / WMUK

The state’s tourism agency, Pure Michigan, has started a “Dark Skies” campaign to draw more visitors highlighting several sites in Michigan where the night sky really is dark.

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On Wednesday, May 22nd, preeminent astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will hit the stage at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium. He's become a pop culture figure for his ability to excite people about science. Today we replay WMUK's Earlene McMichael's interview with him that originally aired on April 15th on the WestSouthwest news and public affairs show.

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Will humans be sent to Mars, or returned to the Moon? Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is doubtful the U.S. will do so anytime soon although funding is earmarked for it in NASA's 2020 budget. What will change that? Tyson says he's convinced it'll take outside "threats" from another country declaring its own plans to go to space to get America to act faster. 

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Kalamazoo Astronomical Society President Richard Bell says the weather on Earth can get in the way of observing Mars, but he says dust storms on the Red Planet could also impair the view.