Extra Daylight Feels Alright

     (The sun sets over Duluth earlier this winter – Bob King/News Tribune) Two glorious hours. That’s how much more sunshine lights our faces and accompanies us to and from work and school since the winter solstice. While walking the dog this morning, it struck me just how much further north the sun has traveled since…
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Saturn Beds Down With A Lion

  Saturn as viewed by the Cassini orbiter / NASA – Saturn, its rings and the moon Titan / NASA Such a fine weekend with two clear nights and tiny hints of spring. Last night I heard the welcome monotone call of a saw-whet owl between the growl of snowmobiles. Saturday, the day named after…
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Moonless, Dark Skies Return Tonight

Do we really have to wait until December 2010 for the next lunar eclipse? It’s rare when so many people share the same moving event. It seems to bring us all a little closer. Like me, you may wish eclipses were more frequent. And they would be if the sun, Earth and full moon lined…
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What An Eclipse!

(Lunar eclipse montage taken with a 300mm f/2.8 lens. Photo: Bob King, Duluth News Tribune) (20 second time exposure of the eclipse scene. Photo: Bob King, Duluth News Tribune) (30-second time exposure showing moon in starfield. Photo: Bob King, Duluth News Tribune) I hope you had a chance to enjoy last night’s eclipse. The weather…
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More Spy Satellite Passes, Eclipse Update

(Photo: An SM-3 missile is launched from a U.S. Navy ship. U.S. Navy handout image) Here’s an update on the visibility of spy satellite USA-193. Rough weather in the Pacific Ocean looks likely to postpone the planned mission to shoot it down with an SM-3 missile. That means we’ll have another opportunity or two to see…
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