of Creation, located in the
Eagle Nebula (gas cloud), is known both
as M16 and NGC 6611. The nebula is located
in the constellation Serpens 7,000 light-years
(LY) from Earth. The left tower is 3 LY
long. One LY is 5,800,000,000 miles.
life forms, stars comes into existence,
evolve into old age, and perish. M16 is
one of millions of stellar ‘nurseries’
found in the Milky Way - our home galaxy.
Newly formed stars appear as tiny red dots.
(Image Credit: Hubble Space Telescope)
and the Spitz A-3PR star projector in Southfield's
Vollbrecht Planetarium. With 70 upholstered
seats under a 30-foot dome, the facility ranks among the
finest planetariums in southeast Michigan. It is located
at Adler Elementary School on Filmore, 1/4 mile east of Evergreen.
Filmore is 4 blocks north of 10 Mile Road and the first street south of Southfield Civic Center.
first fell in love with the stars in 1945.
Since then he has shared his enthusiasm
by popularizing astronomy, space exploration,
and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
delightful blend of Robin Williams and Dr.
gift is translating complex science into
Mike has made more than 1,000 presentations
to a combined audience of nearly 285,000
listeners and viewers on radio, television,
and in lecture halls. His list of 25 topics
will run from 30 minutes to all-day seminars.
has taught adults and talented and gifted
(TAG) students at Schoolcraft College, Livonia.
He is the 'almost' resident astronomer at
3 nature centers and has given more than
200 public and private planetarium shows
at Vollbrecht Planetarium in Southfield.
He is a
member of the: Astronomical League, the
Astronomical Society of Michigan, the Great
Lakes Planetarium Association, the National
Space Society, the Planetary Society, the
SETI Institute, and the Warren Astronomical
be seen waxing eloquently in libraries,
service clubs, churches, synagogues, community
education departments, and private homes.
He has spoken before the Association of
Analytical Chemists, the Engineering Society
of Detroit, Cranbrook Institute of Science,
and the (US) President's National Commission on Space.
His numerous radio and TV appearances include
Bill Bonds, Kelly & Company, Madonna
University, David Newman, and Dan Valkos.
followed the twists and turns of the UFO
phenomenon since 1947. He is able to offer
a unique perspective to this exciting topic
by serving for 10 years as a field investigator
for CUFOS (Dr. J. Allen Hynek Center for
UFO Studies). He was later affiliated with
both the International and Michigan divisions
of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). His topic
'The Reality of UFOs' continues
to be a favorite for audiences.
to 1957 Mike served in the U.S. Navy. While
flying with a Sea-Air-Rescue squadron in
the Pacific, he founded the Kwajalein Island
Astronomy Club. He later founded the Astronomy
Club of Livonia (1976) and the Astronomical
Society of Michigan (1985).
the 1980s, Mike hosted and produced 30 local
access TV shows in Plymouth - 'Beyond
the Moon'. Currently he produces
a second series, 'Secrets of Space', for the City
retired in 1995 after working as a staff
writer for 20 years with The Detroit News.
Before that he had worked for 20 years in
the travel industry touring 105 cities in
31 countries. Between speaking engagements
and working on a science fiction novel,
Navel of God', he finds time
to sing in the ARPI men's chorus for the
Swedish Club in Farmington Hills. And yes,
he does find time to star gaze with his
share Mike's passion for space exploration
and those values depicted in Star Trek™, visit U.S.S.
one of the country's largest Star
Trek fan clubs where he serves
as ship's cosmologist.