I See A Bright Cloud In Your Future

Last night was a gift night around here in Duluth. The forecast was for cloudy but the stars and fireflys came out anyway. Maybe some of you saw the late evening pass of the International Space Station (ISS). If you did, you noticed that instead of completing its arc across the north, the station faded…
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A Visit To The Candy Store

There are so many online resources available to skywatchers. Free sky charts, planetarium-style programs, atlases, Jupiter moon calculators — you can have it all. It all seems more than enough but the Internet never sits still.  Two big new Kahunas just cruised into the neighborhood — the NASA image archive and Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope (WWT). A tiny sampling of the…
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The Further Adventures Of Mrs. W

Good news this morning. The dreaded haze has moved on. Today’s sky is a rich, transparent blue where you can once again see the moon in daylight. Last night, the path of the International Space Station (ISS) took it through Cassiopeia the Queen, the familiar constellation in the shape of the letter "W". As luck would have it, the…
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Dazed By Haze /more Space Station Passes

It happens every summer. The sky’s clear and blue one day, and it’s white with haze the next. This happened yesterday. Gone was the rich blue of recent weeks, replaced with an angel food cake version. It still looks clear, and you can still see the stars but last night’s sky was washed out. Especially so near the…
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An Everlasting Globstopper

I didn’t get to see the Willy Wonka movie until later in life. My children loved it so I sat with them once and finally learned the story of Charlie and the Golden Ticket. Like Wonka’s candy factory, the summertime Milky Way is filled with its own delectable treats for binocular and telescope users. To find…
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