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The gibbous moon yesterday (July 13) just clears the treetops about an hour before sunset. Bob King/News Tribune The moon played hide and seek yesterday evening with stratocumulus clouds that strode across the southern sky. By 10 or so, the clouds finally cleared out making for a most enjoyable summer night. I hope you were…
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Once Upon A Poplar Leaf

Beads of water on a poplar leaf from last night’s rain concentrate sunlight like individual lenses. Bob King/News Tribune Light is everything. It turns my head many times a day. This morning my attention was focused by water droplets on poplar leaves. The wind had blown the leaves onto the road, and the alchemy of early sunlight converted the clear…
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Greetings From July 12, 10,000 A.D.

Looking north at 11 p.m. on July 12, 10,000 A.D. The spot once occupied by Polaris, the North Star, is now very close to the bright star Deneb at the head of the Northern Cross. Map created using Chris Marriott’s SkyMap Pro/skymap.com On July 12, 10,000 A.D. teens will be wearing pants on their heads…
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Big Or Little? Well, That All Depends

Tomorrow evening (Saturday July 12) from 9 until midnight, members of the Arrowhead Astronomical Society will set up telescopes at the end of the Lakewalk in Canal Park for public viewing. If you’ve never seen the moon up close this should be a real treat. Club members will focus on the planets Saturn, Mars and Jupiter, the…
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Red Star Tonight, Stargazers Delight

Red is the color of excitement, passion, life. That’s just one reason I love red stars. The other is that they’re some of the most richly colored of the few stars that show color in the first place. When you’re out at night and away from streetlights, your eyes require about 5-10 minutes to see…
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