Fear Not Phobos

Closeup of Phobos and the crater Stickney – NASA/JPL/University of Arizona NASA recently released several very detailed and evocative photos of Mars largest moon, Phobos taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Named after the god of fear, Phobos revolves around Mars, the god of war. At 17×13 miles, the moon is too small for gravity to crush it into…
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Man In The Moon On Your Doorstep Tonight

Multiple exposure of moonrise over Lake Superior / Bob King Tonight is full moon … or close enough. The actual moment of fullness happens tomorrow morning at 5:25. Most of us are familiar with the face of the "man in the moon" which we create from the dark and light patches on the moon’s face. These…
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Speaking Of Spica

Moon and Spica about 9:30 p.m. tonight – created with Stellarium Duluth looks cloudy tonight and that’s too bad, because I’ll miss the woodcocks’ aerial song and dance in the bright moonlight. Western Minnesota and the Dakotas have clear skies and a nearly full moon. If you’ve never seen the star Spica in the constellation Virgo, this…
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Driving To The Moon In A Subaru

Author’s Subaru achieves lunar orbit — illustration by Bob King  How many miles do you have on that Chevy? Some of us know exactly what the mileage reading on our odometer is. We even have goals for our cars. A fellow photographer at the newspaper is surprised that her Toyota appears to be giving up its…
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Close But No Cigar

My older daughter walked in the front door just before 9:30 last night and called out a greeting. Good thing she did. I’d fallen asleep on the couch while on watch for the 9:28 p.m. Iridium satellite flare. "Hi Dad, I’m home," she said. Roused, I looked at my watch. Yikes, only 30 seconds to go. I hurried down the…
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