This Big Guy’s On Our Side

The diagram — not to scale — shows the approximate positions of Mars, Earth and Jupiter in orbit around the sun. Today (July 9) the Earth and Jupiter are paired together on the same side of the sun and closest for the year. Illustration by Bob King The word "opposition" usually implies conflict but there’ll…
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The Curse Of The Brocken Specter

The specter of the Brocken on a recent foggy night. This photo ran in this morning’s newspaper (July 8) and I wanted to share it with online readers too. Bob King/News Tribune I walk my dog Sammy on most nights. On foggy nights, I’ve noticed that whena car pulls onto the road and passes us, our moving…
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Haunting Clouds Of The Night

The moon along with Saturn (top), Mars and Regulus last night July 6 from Rice Lake Township. Taken with a 70mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 800, 1-second exposure. Bob King/News Tribune Phew, the mosquitos were busy last night! Like some of you, I traveled to a wide open space to view and photograph the moon-planet…
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The Ring Bearer Bares All

Saturn photographed by the Cassini spacecraft. The sun is hidden behind the planet, creating a backlit view of Saturn impossible to obtain from Earth. Photo: NASA/JPL-CalTech   With Saturn making its farewell appearance in our evening sky this month, it’s a good time to look back at NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft mission to the ringed planet, which reached the end of its four-year…
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An Evening To Remember

The two-day-old crescent moon shares the stage with last night’s fireworks at the Bayfront. Photo taken with a 43mm lens at f/8, 1/13" at ISO 400. Photo by Tony Mitchell The crescent moon was a player in last night’s fireworks show and Duluth’s Tony Mitchell captured the scene nicely in his photograph. I hope you got to…
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