The Storyteller's Night Sky

Every Monday morning at 6:30 and 8:30, IPR News Radio looks into the night sky with Mary Stewart Adams, Program Director of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City. Mary talks about the moon and the stars and the mythology associated with them. 

Dark Sky Park: Summer Solstice

Jun 12, 2013

IPR: We're approaching summer solstice and the longest day of the year. What is the story in current celestial phenomena?

Dark Sky Park: Last New Moon Of Spring

Jun 6, 2013

IPR: The New Moon on Saturday will be the last New Moon of the Spring season. Does it have a name, or does it bear any particular significance in the realm of mythology?

Mary: Ancient and indigenous people, as well as poets and dreamers, typically named the Full Moon and in religious observance it is the moon when it is first visible after new phase that indicates the onset of a particular practice, so there are certainly associations, but no name.

IPR: Today we bring the month May to its close. It's evident from the blossoming flowers and the "busy bees" that this is a peak season of fertility. What stories are there in the starry world about this season?

Dark Sky Park: Scorpius

May 23, 2013

IPR: There will be a Full Moon on Saturday in the early hours, just past midnight, and while full moonlight can diminish stargazing, it's great for storytelling. What stories are connected with the May Full Moon?

Dark Sky Park: Mother Goose: Astronomer

May 17, 2013

IPR: Many times here we have made references to Mother Goose nursery rhymes and their connection to the night sky. Are these just whimsical attempts to memorize the constellations? 

Dark Sky Park: Leo The Lion

May 9, 2013

IPR: Besides the Big Dipper and Orion, the star pattern of Leo the Lion has to be one of the easiest to recognize of all the constellations. Would you agree? 

MARY: Leo is one of the few constellations that actually looks like what its name implies. And in the spring Leo is quite prominent, looking overhead to the south. When you find the Big Dipper overhead, imagine it as a ladle that sprung a leak. If it did, it would leak onto the back of the lion. 

Dark Sky Park: The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

May 3, 2013

IPR: The most well-known meteor shower of the year has to be the Perseid Meteor Shower in August. What are some other meteor showers that are notable this year?

Mary: This year and, in fact, this weekend, the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower is expected to be very favorable. The shower peaks on the morning of May 5 but can be seen before dawn May 4, 5 and 6.

IPR: How are Meteor shower's named?