Putting The Awe Back In Awesome

231 images were combined to produce one of the most stunning pictures ever of a total solar eclipse. The new moon, illuminated by light reflecting from the Earth (ie. Earthshine), covers the face of the sun. Stretching away from the moon are the long tendrils of the sun’s outer atmosphere called the corona. Photo: Miloslav Druckmuller, Peter Aniol and…
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Add More Depth To Your Life

Richard Bosman’s wonderful tableau of photographs taken throughout the past apparition of Mars. It shows the change in the planet’s size as it approached and receded from Earth, dark surface markings, and the growth of the north polar cap. Credit: Richard Bosman, the Netherlands It’s early summer in Mars’ northern hemisphere where the high temperature at…
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I See A Bright Cloud In Your Future

Last night was a gift night around here in Duluth. The forecast was for cloudy but the stars and fireflys came out anyway. Maybe some of you saw the late evening pass of the International Space Station (ISS). If you did, you noticed that instead of completing its arc across the north, the station faded…
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A Visit To The Candy Store

There are so many online resources available to skywatchers. Free sky charts, planetarium-style programs, atlases, Jupiter moon calculators — you can have it all. It all seems more than enough but the Internet never sits still.  Two big new Kahunas just cruised into the neighborhood — the NASA image archive and Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope (WWT). A tiny sampling of the…
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The Further Adventures Of Mrs. W

Good news this morning. The dreaded haze has moved on. Today’s sky is a rich, transparent blue where you can once again see the moon in daylight. Last night, the path of the International Space Station (ISS) took it through Cassiopeia the Queen, the familiar constellation in the shape of the letter "W". As luck would have it, the…
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