All Eyes Peeled For Northern Lights

The sun today as seen from the SOHO spacecraft / SOHO-MDI There’s aurora in the air. Last night I saw two plumes of light low in the northern sky around 10 p.m. They gradually brightened and then slowly faded like breath evaporating from a window pane. All the while, a low auroral arc smouldered in the distant treetops. The…
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Space Station Fine And Bright!

Just caught the 9 p.m. pass of the International Space Station here from my front yard, and it was a brilliant one. Even through thin clouds, the ISS was brighter than nearby Sirius. The other satellite, Jules Verne, was dim. Clouds didn’t help either. Tomorrow night’s pass will be much higher and brighter.I hope you got to see them. If not, there’ll…
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Stellar Hex And The ISS, What’s Next?

I got home late last night after looking at Saturn, a dozen galaxies and a beautiful star cluster in my telescope from a dark place north of home. The house was quiet but a light was on in my older daughter’s room. "Dad, can you give me a back rub?" she asked after I’d removed my heavy coat and insulated pants.…
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Go North, Fellow Stargazers

Time exposure of star trails around Polaris / Bob King Every day it’s a merry-go-around. The planet spins round and round with its axis pointed in the same direction at the same special star, Polaris. More familiar to us as the North Star, Polaris is a supergiant star much larger and brighter than the sun…
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There Are Stars And Then There Are Stars

Earthly stars Zellweger and Clooney — Bob King / News Tribune Stars of the cosmic variety / NASA Hollywood celebs George Clooney and Renee Zellweger came to Duluth today to promote the movie "Leatherheads." I’ve been so busy getting photos of these stars ready for the Web, I’ve hardly had time to consider the celestial variety, the…
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