Haunting Clouds Of The Night

The moon along with Saturn (top), Mars and Regulus last night July 6 from Rice Lake Township. Taken with a 70mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 800, 1-second exposure. Bob King/News Tribune Phew, the mosquitos were busy last night! Like some of you, I traveled to a wide open space to view and photograph the moon-planet…
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The Ring Bearer Bares All

Saturn photographed by the Cassini spacecraft. The sun is hidden behind the planet, creating a backlit view of Saturn impossible to obtain from Earth. Photo: NASA/JPL-CalTech   With Saturn making its farewell appearance in our evening sky this month, it’s a good time to look back at NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft mission to the ringed planet, which reached the end of its four-year…
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An Evening To Remember

The two-day-old crescent moon shares the stage with last night’s fireworks at the Bayfront. Photo taken with a 43mm lens at f/8, 1/13" at ISO 400. Photo by Tony Mitchell The crescent moon was a player in last night’s fireworks show and Duluth’s Tony Mitchell captured the scene nicely in his photograph. I hope you got to…
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Fireworks Astronomy

A very tender crescent moon will reward keen-eyed skywatchers tonight July 4. Look low in the northwestern sky right over the sunset point around 9:45-10 p.m. — created with Stellarium Many of you will try to get an early seat for the fireworks tonight, so why not do a little astronomy while you wait? If you’re fortunate enough to be…
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Groovin’ With Zubenelgenubi

Find the dim constellation of Libra in the southern sky to the right of the Scorpion between 10:30 p.m. and midnight in early July. — created with Stellarium The constellation of Scorpius the Scorpion is one we’ve met before. It’s located low in the southern sky around 10:30 p.m. when it’s dark enough for the stars…
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