Here Come The Perseids!

Despite a chilly wind off Lake Superior, the turnout was surprisingly good for the moon and planet show put on by members of the Arrowhead Astronomical Society last night in Canal Park. The moon was crisply detailed with loads of ragged impact craters while Jupiter presented a more serene appearance. Three delicate, grey cloud belts…
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See The Moon In Canal Park Tonight

The 6-day-old moon floats over a field lit by the rays of the setting sun. Photo by Connie It’s such a pleasure to share readers’ photos of the moon, sun and night sky. I received Connie’s picture yesterday with her comment: "Finally, a pic that I’m reasonably proud of. The sunset colors were warm and the moon was…
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‘Round The Sun We Go!

The moon glows deep orange while setting last night August 7. Tonight the moon will set around 11:15 p.m. Camera details: 35mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 1600, 20-second time exposure.  Bob King / News Tribune  The moon reaches first quarter phase tonight in the constellation Libra the Scales. It’s seven days past new phase, and has completed one quarter of its monthly orbit…
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Roy G. Biv Pays A Visit

A primary and secondary rainbow drape the eastern sky yesterday evening (August 6). The colors are arranged in the order of the spectrum: red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet, a.k.a. "roygbiv". Also visible is Alexander’s Dark Band between the two bows. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune Perhaps you saw the beautiful double rainbow yesterday evening that a brief thundershower left in…
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Something To Hang Your Coat On

The Milky Way courses right through the Summer Triangle constellations. You can use Sagitta the Arrow to guide you to Brocchi’s Cluster, a fine binocular object, or take an alternate route. The cluster is on a straight line from Altair to Vega so if you point your binoculars at Altair and make a beeline for Vega,…
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