Six Humans Fly At 17,000 Mph

Current space station crew / NASA(The Expedition 16 crew members pose for a portrait at the Johnson Space Center. From the left (front row) are Russia’s Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, flight engineer and Soyuz commander; astronaut Peggy Whitson, commander; and Malaysian spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor. From the left (back row) are European…
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The Eyes Of Spring Are Watching

Saturn and Regulus in Leo. Have you met their gaze? — Bob King / News Tribune Have you noticed a pair of eyes looking over your shoulder these spring nights? I’m talking about the planet Saturn and the star Regulus in Leo the Lion. They’re now so close together, they really attract a casual skywatcher’s attention. You’ll find the singular pair high…
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A Dash Of Aurora, A Pinch Of Jules

The Northern Lights last night at 11 p.m. — Bob King / News Tribune Did you get a chance to see the aurora last night? From the countryside, it was active until past 11 o’clock. Faint rays like rising smoke streaked the north around 10 p.m. Later, a pale green glow swelled on the northern horizon accompanied…
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Update On Space Station Passes Tonight

The International Space Station / NASA A quick reminder for satellite watchers tonight and tomorrow night. Here are times for viewing Jules Verne and the International Space Station from the Duluth-Superior region. Weather looks good and tonight’s passes should be bright. The photos will help you visualize what you’ll be seeing. The ATV (Automated Transfer…
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All Eyes Peeled For Northern Lights

The sun today as seen from the SOHO spacecraft / SOHO-MDI There’s aurora in the air. Last night I saw two plumes of light low in the northern sky around 10 p.m. They gradually brightened and then slowly faded like breath evaporating from a window pane. All the while, a low auroral arc smouldered in the distant treetops. The…
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