I Can’t Seem To Focus

Woo-hoo! Looks like another clear night for our region. That means an opportunity to watch an especially bright pass of the International Space Station (ISS). One lucky observer, who wrote in the comments section, managed to see the Tool Kit flyover last night with her naked eye. Very impressive. Too cloudy by me, and tonight’s…
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How To See The Flying Toolbag Tonight-update

(created with Stellarium) — UPDATED PATH OF TOOLBAG The International Space Station (ISS) makes a bright, high pass for the Northland tonight (Nov. 25) beginning at 5:51 p.m. It will rise in the southwest and move across the northern sky until it disappears at four minutes later. BUT … before the ISS makes its pass, the toolkit…
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Northern Lights Return

A low band of aurora, accompanied by the Big Dipper, simmers in the north in this photo made late last night (Nov. 24). Details: 35mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 1600, 20-second time exposure. Photos: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune An infrequent visitor stopped by last night. I was out observing the sky, listening to…
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Warning! Dark Sky Required

The gegenschein is the brighter spot in the zodiacal band in this photo taken by astronomer Yuri Beletsky in October 2007 with a 10-mm wide-angle lens, 45-minute time exposure and a portable mount to track the stars. The sky transparency was close to perfect, which allowed Yuri to capture very faint details of the gegenschein.…
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Warning! Dark Sky Required

The gegenschein is the brighter spot in the zodiacal band in this photo taken by astronomer Yuri Beletsky in October 2007 with a 10-mm wide-angle lens, 45-minute time exposure and a portable mount to track the stars. The sky transparency was close to perfect, which allowed Yuri to capture very faint details of the gegenschein. He made the…
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