Moon And Frost

A colorful corona surrounds the waxing moon last night (Nov. 9). The clouds moved so quickly the corona changed shape and brightness continuously. Photo: Bob King I just returned from some nighttime adventures, and will have more photos to share tomorrow. Clear skies and frost sparkling under moonlight make tonight ideal for being outside. As…
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Turn Your World Upside Down

It’s fun to turn things upside down. I used to do this to my daughters all the time when they were younger. I’d hang them by their feet, and whirl them around or toss them onto the bed. They loved it. We can do the same with the constellations, at least in our mind’s eye.…
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Feeling A Little Dense Lately?

The spiral galaxy NGC 6946 is located 10 million light away in Cepheus. This is a time-exposure photograph made with a 14-inch telescope and digital camera. Photo: William Wiethoff Will Wiethoff of Port Wing, Wisconsin sent me a photo of a galaxy called NGC 6946 he photographed through his telescope a week ago. This gorgeous…
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A Peppier Sun Hints At Things To Come

A single snowflake finds a home between a wild berry and its stem in Lester Park woods this afternoon, November 8. Photo: Bob King The first real snow of the season blew across the area today, highlighting the textures of bark, mushroom tops and jacket folds. Since it gently coats at first, snow serves to direct our…
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More From Mars

These broken blocks and arc-shaped fractures, photographed by THEMIS, mark the transition region between the southern highlands and the northern lowlands of Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL/ASU There’s a quite a good website for those of you interested in daily, high resolution images of the Martian landscape. It’s called THEMIS Image of the Day and features photographs by NASA’s…
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