Children Of The Big Bang

I love teenagers. The Morgan Park Middle School cafeteria, where I just returned from a photo shoot, was a meteor shower of people. The students seemed to hurl themselves from table to table as they grabbed their food, visited with friends and finally picked up and left. Since the beginning, the energy of the Big Bang has been…
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Moonstruck

Lars Waldner sent this curious photo to my e-mail today. He was observing the moon Monday night in his telescope (pictured above) until practically "blinded" by its light. He then used his digital camera to make this 15" time exposure of moonlight projected from the telescope eyepiece onto his hand. I really appreciate this picture because…
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The Disappearing Night

A view along Superior Street in Duluth’s downtown. The street is illuminated by unshielded sodium vapor lamps. While the fixtures are attractive, much of the light is wasted on the sky, where it contributes to light pollution in downtown and residential areas alike. Photo: Bob King Most people probably don’t think about light pollution but it’s a…
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Music Will Get You There

In the mood for cosmic contemplation? You can catch the Cosmic Pit Orchestra at 7 p.m. this evening — Wednesday, Nov. 12 — performing a special space music program at the Marshall Alworth Planetarium on the UMD campus. The band’s members are Richie Townsend (guitar) and Kathy McTavish (cello). Although their instruments are conventional, they…
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Pancakes On Ice

Light from the last night’s moon lit this scene on Amity Creek near Duluth. Pancake ice on either side of the small waterfall swirls into "galaxies" during the 20-second time exposure. Details: 20mm lens, f.2.8, ISO 400. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune The light from the gibbous moon was perfectly adequate for walking…
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