Warning! Dark Sky Required

The gegenschein is the brighter spot in the zodiacal band in this photo taken by astronomer Yuri Beletsky in October 2007 with a 10-mm wide-angle lens, 45-minute time exposure and a portable mount to track the stars. The sky transparency was close to perfect, which allowed Yuri to capture very faint details of the gegenschein.…
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Warning! Dark Sky Required

The gegenschein is the brighter spot in the zodiacal band in this photo taken by astronomer Yuri Beletsky in October 2007 with a 10-mm wide-angle lens, 45-minute time exposure and a portable mount to track the stars. The sky transparency was close to perfect, which allowed Yuri to capture very faint details of the gegenschein. He made the…
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Escaped Toolbag Spotted

Jupiter (top) and Venus at 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening (Nov. 22) during twilight. Details: 35mm lens at f/2.8, 5-second time exposure at ISO 400. Photo: Bob King We had a bright space station pass Saturday evening with more to come. I hope you got to see it. If you follow the station in binoculars as…
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Goodness Glacious, Great Balls Of Ice

Frost crystals form a playful pattern on a fencepost this morning (Nov. 22). Photo: Bob King A clear sky and low temperatures were ideal for frost formation overnight. Everything from tiny grains to 1/2" wafers grew on twigs, car roofs and leaf litter. I was struck by the curious, knife-edged ice that sprouted on the fenceposts around my deck. It seems that…
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Return To Warmth

An ice formation on Chester Creek taken earlier this week. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune Just returned from a fine, clear evening. We started by driving to the Christmas City of the North parade downtown. On the way there, you just couldn’t miss Venus and Jupiter in the southwestern sky. Later I went…
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