Sit Back, Enjoy A Movie

The Earth sets over the moon as seen from the Kaguya spacecraft — JAXA/NHK Cloudy skies are in the forecast tonight and tomorrow. Why not kick back and enjoy a movie or two? For your astro pleasure, I have two wonderful, short films to share from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The largest lunar mission…
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Six Humans Fly At 17,000 Mph

Current space station crew / NASA(The Expedition 16 crew members pose for a portrait at the Johnson Space Center. From the left (front row) are Russia’s Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, flight engineer and Soyuz commander; astronaut Peggy Whitson, commander; and Malaysian spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor. From the left (back row) are European…
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The Eyes Of Spring Are Watching

Saturn and Regulus in Leo. Have you met their gaze? — Bob King / News Tribune Have you noticed a pair of eyes looking over your shoulder these spring nights? I’m talking about the planet Saturn and the star Regulus in Leo the Lion. They’re now so close together, they really attract a casual skywatcher’s attention. You’ll find the singular pair high…
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A Dash Of Aurora, A Pinch Of Jules

The Northern Lights last night at 11 p.m. — Bob King / News Tribune Did you get a chance to see the aurora last night? From the countryside, it was active until past 11 o’clock. Faint rays like rising smoke streaked the north around 10 p.m. Later, a pale green glow swelled on the northern horizon accompanied…
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Update On Space Station Passes Tonight

The International Space Station / NASA A quick reminder for satellite watchers tonight and tomorrow night. Here are times for viewing Jules Verne and the International Space Station from the Duluth-Superior region. Weather looks good and tonight’s passes should be bright. The photos will help you visualize what you’ll be seeing. The ATV (Automated Transfer…
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