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Looking Up For The Last Blue Moon For A Few Years And A Falling Chinese Space Station

Mar 29, 2018

Dr. Brian Ottum at the WEMU Studio.
Credit Lisa Barry

There will be some rare astronomical events happening over the next several days.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with local amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about what we might see...


On Saturday night, we will see the last blue moon for several years.  A blue moon means it's the second full moon in the same calendar month.  And although we've already seen one this year, it won't happen again until 2020.

Meanwhile, sky watchers are on the lookout for an 8.5 ton Chinese space station expected to fall back to Earth soon.  Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum says we should have a better idea by Saturday when it's coming down.

"I’m thinking it’s going to happen early Sunday morning, and it might possibly be visible here in Washtenaw County,” says Dr. Ottum.

Credit FAAC Astronomy Conference

Dr. Ottum says chances are very small it will fall near Southeast Michigan, but he says it's worth a look especially if skies are clear Sunday morning.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu