MUCH Colder By The Lake

Did you notice how orange the moon was last night even when it was well above the horizon? Hazy, dusty air was hard at work scattering and absorbing the cooler colors in its light, leaving us a partially-eaten peach of a moon. I don’t think the haze will clear out until thunderstorms arrive tonight and…
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A Plunge Into The Deeps

The dark and dusty nebula, Barnard 68, in the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder. Background stars are reddened as their light passes through the dust and gas along the nebula’s edge. It almost looks you’re standing along the edge of a deep pond looking down into its dark depths. Photo credit: VLT, ANTU + FORSI Yesterday we…
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Red-faced At Sunset

The full moon is surrounded by the first rays of morning sunlight reflecting off the mountains, as it disappears into a notch created by peaks of the Sierra Nevadas in California. This image was taken this past Sunday, August 17. Photo: Andrew Kirk Andrew Kirk from California wrote yesterday asking for more information about the origin of the sun and moon’s…
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A Twinkling Harp Sails Overhead

The moon rises over an incoming ore boat as seen from Skyline Parkway in Duluth last night (August 17). Details: 280mm lens at f4, 1/8" exposure at ISO 400. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune It’s a joy to walk the moonlit night wearing a T-shirt. Baked by the sun earlier in the day, and slightly toasted from cooking chicken on…
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The Blue Hour

A 1820 painting titled Der Abend (The Evening) by Caspar David Friedrich depicting two people on a twilight walk. Twilight is sometimes referred to as "the blue hour" when the natural illumination we receive comes from the sky. Yesterday’s sunset was welcome relief after a hot, humid day. The cool evening air made everything right.…
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