Winter’s Starry Breath

Can you see it? The winter Milky Way is the faint band of light coursing through the center of the photo. Orion is at right. Details: 16mm lens, f/2.8, 30-second exposure at ISO 1600. Photos: Bob King/Duluth News Tribune I stood on a snowy hill last night, looking up at the winter sky. The wind…
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Two Thumbs Up For This Show

A Christmas wreath on First Street frames the delicate crescent moon Monday evening around 5 o’clock. Details: 200mm lens at f/3.5, 1/60" at ISO 800. Photos: Bob King Duluth News Tribune  The sky was perfect from downtown Duluth tonight. Even from the window here in the photo studio, we could see the thin crescent in the west…
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End Of Year Planetfest

The sky Monday evening (Dec. 29) around 5 o’clock. Find a spot with a wide view to the southwest. Find the moon and then use binoculars to bring in Jupiter and Mercury. Created with Stellarium It’ll be nice to see the moon again tonight. The 2-day-old crescent returns in the company of three planets. How many you’ll see will…
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New Face On An Old Friend

Wait until Orion is reasonably high in the southeastern sky before looking at the cluster Collinder 70. This map is drawn for around 9 o’clock. Created with Stellarium Have you seen Collinder 70 lately? I bet you have. It’s another designation for the Belt of Orion, and a genuine star cluster like the Seven Sisters or…
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Wherefore Art Thou Luna?

This person is silhouetted against the sun and its reflection on the water. Similarly, when the moon gets in line between the sun and Earth during New Moon, it shows in silhouette. Credit: Photos.com Where the heck’s the moon? Nowhere to be found today. It’s in its New Moon phase, which means Luna is passing directly between the Earth and the…
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