Hidden In Plain Sight

Venus is high in the afternoon sky in a photo taken on January 1. The planet was accompanied by the crescent moon and an airplane contrail. Credit: Andrew Kirk With Venus so high in the sky this month, it’s a tempting targe to spot it before sunset. I was surprised how bright the planet was during the most recent conjunction.…
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Quads Of Fun

"Bundle up and keep moving," was mailman Don McMillin’s advice for surviving this morning’s cold. Behind him, "steam" rises from Lake Superior as cold air condenses into clouds over the water. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune Below zero and a killer wind this morning. I took this photo on the way in to…
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An Extra Helping Of Astronomy

Galileo’s first looks at the sky with his homemade telescope in 1609 helped inspire this years’ IYA 2009. Some of his original drawings include (clockwise from left): Saturn and sunspots, the moon in different phases, Jupiter and its moons and the Seven Sisters star cluster.    Welcome to the new year! 2009 is a special one for our shared interest.…
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A Pig And A Link

I know, I know. This is just weird but I couldn’t resist framing the pig with tonight’s Venus-moon conjunction. Here’s a link to a sumptuous video for you to check out. It’ll take you to the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) site. The video’s creator, Till Credner, crunched 7,000 images into a 4-minute-long movie of the…
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Double Treat On New Year’s Eve

The sky Wednesday evening (New Year’s Eve) around 5-5:30 p.m. features a double conjunction. Venus and the moon will be a snap to find. Mercury and Jupiter require a wide open horizon and will take a bit more effort. Created with Stellarium I totally froze my posterior off this morning looking for a new supernova in a bright galaxy…
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