August Dawns Hint Of Seasonal Change

Earth is back to rationing daylight. After summer’s surplus, we see and feel it slipping away in earlier sunsets and later sunrises. Here in Duluth, Minn. we’ve lost 40 minutes of daylight in the evening compared to the first day of summer. Sunrise times have eased back as well with a gain of another 45…
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Hubble’s Hubba-Hubba Jupiter Photo, Tonight’s Splendid Conjunction And A Jovian Hit

There’s nothing like a Hubble photo of Jupiter. This sweet image was made on June 27 and features the planet’s turbulent pastel cloud belts and iconic Great Red Spot (GRS). The bands or belts are created by differences in the thickness and height of Jupiter’s ammonia ice clouds. The flow in opposite directions at various latitudes,…
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Make A Date With The Perseid Meteor Shower

It’s that time again. Every August the Earth sails through crumbs dropped by comet Swift-Tuttle. The same way you cross an intersecting street on your way to the store, Earth crosses through the orbital trail of debris left by repeated returns of the comet to the inner solar system. During each visit, solar heating vaporizes…
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Dawn Serves Up Mercury With A Splash Of Orion Sauce

The aurora will do what it will do. And it didn’t do anything last night. A no-show. While that can be frustrating, especially if you made a special trip to the country in hopes of seeing it, isn’t that nature’s way? Always a little cagey, refusing to be pinned down. I hope at least you…
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Aurora Comes True, More Forecast For Tonight

If you stayed up late or got up this morning before dawn you may have seen the northern lights. I drove to a beautiful, buggy field a little north of Duluth, Minn. and set up a camera hoping to capture sprites over a distant thunderstorm. In the 128 photos I took not one sported a…
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