Two Tails Converge In The Night

This spectacular image of Comet Lulin was made on Sunday, Feb. 22. It’s a series of 12 4-minute time exposures layered into one photograph. The big green glow at center is called the coma, and it’s the easiest part to see in binoculars. The dust tail points to the left and gas tail to the right. Credit: Phil Jones Sammy got her rabbit…
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Saturn And Lulin, Partners Of The Night

"There are so many things to feel and see while you’re awake." — Captain Beefheart from Skeleton Makes Good  A 1/4" thick plate of ice from Lake Superior this morning. The different ice densities make for an interesting pattern. Photo: Bob King As you know, I like ice. And cold’s OK so long as the air…
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A Most Unusual Eclipse; Comet And Asteroid Updates

I thought you’d enjoy this brief but fascinating video made by the Japanese Kaguya spacecraft currently orbiting the moon. On February 10, the HDTV camera aboard the craft recorded an eclipse of the sun by the Earth.   As you watch the video, you’ll see the thin outline of the silhouetted sun slowly come into…
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Dawn Moon-planets Parade; Space Station Viewing

Many years ago, I lived and worked in central Illinois after graduating from college. There, the horizon was as common a commodity as corn and soybeans. In little towns like Arcola and Tolono, the landscape was checkerboard flat. I still miss that open space now and again since moving to the land of hills and…
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Snubbed Cluster A Binocular Favorite

The bright cluster M41 is located directly south of Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Even in this 1x (unmagnified) view, you can seen individual stars in it. Photo: Bob King Since you’re outside looking for Comet Lulin these nights, why not warm up your binoculars with another of winter’s bright star clusters? This…
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