The Night The Moon Almost Got Stuck In Lake Superior

  Lake Superior is never boring. Nor is there one moonrise quite like another. That’s why if the sky is clear and the moon is near full — and occasionally when it’s not — I make a point of watching it come up over the big lake. In a city thronged with trees it’s the…
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Full Frosty Moon Poses For Pictures Tonight

With the Mercury transit taking up so much of yesterday I didn’t even mention another bit of news. It’s the full Beaver or Frosty Moon. Because the moment of full moon occurred this morning at 7:34 a.m. CST we’re fortunate to get two nights of full moonness — last night and tonight. Last night, the…
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Tandem Transit With Mercury

Mercury and I were both in transit today. As the little planet sped across the vast solar disk I traveled 150 miles from Duluth to Minneapolis to attend a family funeral. The weather kept my transit interesting — sunny in Duluth, cloudy in Moose Lake, snowing in Pine City followed by sunshine in Hinkley. Each…
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Let’s Go For A Spin Around The Sun!

We rarely think about it, but the constellations make one complete cycle of the sky every single day. If you look high in the southern sky around 7 p.m. local time tonight you’ll see the Great Square of Pegasus. 10 hours later, the figure sets in the west but shines brightly for skywatchers around the…
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Your Guide To Monday’s Transit Of Mercury

On Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, you can see the littlest planet pass directly in front of the sun. The event is called a transit, and they’re fairly rare. Mercury transits the sun about 13 times a century. What makes this event unique at least for North America is that we won’t see it happen again…
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