Stargazing — A Socially Distant Hobby That Brings Us Closer Together

I took a walk with my friend John on Duluth’s Lakewalk yesterday. The paved path winds along the shoreline of Lake Superior and is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Sunshine and a steady breeze off the lake made me giddy. From the looks of other smiling faces we passed I sensed they felt the…
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Spring Starts Tonight, March 19 — Earliest Since 1896

There’s more than spring in the air these days. But let’s set aside the virus for a moment and take note of the new season. Spring begins at 10:49 p.m. (Central Time) tonight. That’s the moment the center of the sun will shine directly over the equator. There’s also a celestial equator, a projection of…
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How To See Your Venus Shadow

It’s easy to be a Venusaholic. The brilliant, pale yellow planet commands the western sky at dusk. On March 24th it will stand farthest from the sun at 46° and sets late, well after 10 o’clock for skywatchers in mid-northern latitudes. Venus is prominent because it’s approaching its greatest apparent distance from the sun from…
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Look Up And Let Go — Dawn Conjunction A Shot Of Positive Planetary Energy

The world is shutting down. All the people and business that will suffer not to mention the growing number of lost lives hits right to the core. Even when the sun is up it can feel like dark clouds linger. But the corona virus has also had positive effects. It’s revealed how truly interconnected we…
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Canis Major, A Pet For The Pandemic

With the corona virus feeling like the arrival of doom thank goodness the sky is still open for business. I’m feeling the seriousness and sadness of the pandemic like many of you. Classes are cancelled and events suspended, and I worry about my daughters making ends meet should more businesses decide to shut down. But…
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