Sun, 26 May 2013 04:32:29 GMT — The night sky has plenty to show us this weekend. The full moon is currently at its perigee, meaning it is at its closest to the Earth in its orbit. The "supermoon" appears slightly larger and brighter than other full moons. Also, in the western sky, three planets are converging. Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury are making a show of their own. They are visible during sunset in the western to northwestern sky lower to the horizon. Sunday night they will appear as a close triangle. Venus is the brightest on the bottom. Jupiter is the second brightest to its top left, and Mercury is dimmest to the top right. Look for them some time after 9:30 p.m. E.T. They will sink below the horizon within a couple hours. They should also be visible for several nights after. NASA has an interesting video on the subject. A bright, nearly full moon will also appear in the western sky Sunday night too. "Somewhere around 9:30 p.m., you can watch the full moon come up and make a 180 degree turn and see the planets in the west," said Scott Stobbelaar, Northern Michigan University Adjunct Astronomy Professor. Stobbelaar is a member of the Marquette Astronomical Society, which is hosting a public stargazing event along M-28 next weekend. Also this weekend, the northern lights are brightening up the sky. Friday night, Michigan Nature Photos and Lake Superior Photography took some pictures of the event. Lake Superior Photography also has an amazing time lapse video of Upper Michigan and the aurora that is going viral. For more updates, follow me on Facebook and Twitter! Send me any cool pictures you take and I may use them on the news.
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