Speaking Of Spica

Moon and Spica about 9:30 p.m. tonight – created with Stellarium Duluth looks cloudy tonight and that’s too bad, because I’ll miss the woodcocks’ aerial song and dance in the bright moonlight. Western Minnesota and the Dakotas have clear skies and a nearly full moon. If you’ve never seen the star Spica in the constellation Virgo, this…
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Driving To The Moon In A Subaru

Author’s Subaru achieves lunar orbit — illustration by Bob King  How many miles do you have on that Chevy? Some of us know exactly what the mileage reading on our odometer is. We even have goals for our cars. A fellow photographer at the newspaper is surprised that her Toyota appears to be giving up its…
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Close But No Cigar

My older daughter walked in the front door just before 9:30 last night and called out a greeting. Good thing she did. I’d fallen asleep on the couch while on watch for the 9:28 p.m. Iridium satellite flare. "Hi Dad, I’m home," she said. Roused, I looked at my watch. Yikes, only 30 seconds to go. I hurried down the…
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Teflon Coated Satellites Really Shine

Time exposure of an Iridium satellite flare over Duluth — Bob King / News Tribune I teach a community education astronomy class, and last night we had so much fun looking at the moon and Saturn. The night was windy and warm, and the moon stood high in the south. My favorite moment was when…
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This Hump’s No Chump

Moon, Saturn and Regulus corralled by last night’s halo — Bob King / News Tribune Not that I need an excuse but walking the dog always gives me reason to see what’s up in the sky. Last night the nearby creek and its veiny tributaries roared in the distance while the gibbous moon eased its way westward. It…
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