Secret Powers Of Astronomy

Today we observe Columbus Day, once an easygoing celebration of Columbus’ discovery of America on October 12, 1492. As a kid, we got the day off school. Back then I remember jumping into piles of fall leaves and appreciating the break from study more than the deeds of the Italian explorer. In our era, Columbus has become a contentious…
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The Silence Of Crashing Waves

Expanding water waves radiate outward after a raindrop struck the surface of a pond near Duluth Saturday. Light is also a wave and behaves in a similar manner. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune The yellow forest pattered with the sound of an afternoon rain. I found myself crouched over the edge of quiet…
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The upper left star of the Great Square actually belongs to the constellation Andromeda. The moon lines up tonight (Oct. 11) with the two stars along the right side of the Square. This view shows the sky as you face east around 8:30 p.m. — created with Stellarium We’ve visited with Pegasus the Winged Horse before in this blog. You’ll…
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Asteroid Burnup Caught On Camera

The yellow spot in this image made by the European weather satellite Meteosat-8 early Tuesday morning (Sudan time), is the explosive burnup of the space rock 2008 TC3. It hit the atmosphere as predicted. As of now, it’s the only photograph of the event, which occured over a remote region in northern Sudan. Credit: copyright (c) 2000 EUMETSAT Remember 2008…
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Time To Winterize Your Sky

Orion the Hunter stands tall in the southern sky in this photo taken Thursday morning (Oct. 9). Sirius is the bright star at lower left. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune The other morning, while basking in the glow of the zodiacal light, I was impressed with how completely the winter constellations have taken…
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