Let The Earth Fall Away

Imagine what the sky would look like with the Earth out of the way. If you were an astronaut, say, somewhere between the Earth and moon, it would be easy. Since most of us have to remain on the planet, we’ll have to find another way. That’s where a planetarium-style computer program can help. An…
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Touched By A Heavenly Light

Crepuscular rays from the low, evening sun last week over Rice Lake Township — Bob King/Duluth News Tribune We’ve all seen them — those rays of sunlight or moonlight bursting through openings in the clouds. They look positively heavenly. They’re called crepuscular (kree-PUSS-cu-lurr) rays because they usually make their appearance during the crepuscular hours of dusk and…
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Firefly Enchantment

Fireflies swoop and swerve beneath the beacon of Jupiter last night June 25. Photo taken with a 28mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 1600, 1-minute time exposure. — Bob King/Duluth News Tribune Wow, the fireflies were spectacular last night. I had planned to look at any number of deep sky objects in the telescope but spent…
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We’re Going On A Deep Sky Hunt

When my daughters were younger, one of their favorite books was about a hunt to find a bear in his cave called We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. To get there you had to surmount obstacles like muddy ground, a snowstorm, and tall grass. We finally found the bear in the end but got so scared…
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Moon III Basks In The King’s Aura Tonight

Small telescope view of Jupiter’s moons. The biggest and brightest moon, Ganymede, lies to the right or west of the planet tonight June 24. Jupiter is the brilliant "star" low in the southeast from 11 o’clock on. A pair of steadily-held binoculars will reveal the moon as a small "star" next to the planet. A small telescope…
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