When You Wish Upon A Star

Meteors streak through the atmosphere in this 19th century drawing. Most meteors are caused by pieces of rock and ice no bigger than apple seeds that plow into the atmosphere at speeds around 50,000 mph. As they vaporize overhead, they set the air aglow in a brilliant streak of light. When it comes to meteors, you get a lot…
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Rock Stars From The Moon

The nearside (left) and farside of the moon. The difference in cratering is dramatic, and gives the farside the appearance of another body altogether. Photo (left) by Luc Viatour, right by the Apollo 16 astronauts and NASA Most of the lunar seas, so-called because people thought they resembled the smooth, dark surfaces of the open sea, are concentrated on the…
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Stars And Pajamas

The waxing gibbous moon and Jupiter photographed shortly after sunset yesterday (Sept. 9). Details: 70mm lens, f/4.5, 1/30 second at ISO 400. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune I’d hoped to photograph the scene depicted above more than a month ago. On my walks, I’d see the warm light of dusk reflect off the face of the building with Jupiter…
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Luna And Jupiter Hook Up Tonight / Fireball Update

The 8-day-old moon photographed last night (Sept. 8) during early twilight. Details: 280mm lens, f/4.5 at 1/250", ISO 400. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune Tonight the moon guides us to the planet Jupiter in Sagittarius. Not that we really need a guide, as Jupiter is so prominent these nights in the south. The duo should…
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Chuck Berry’s Message To ET

A horizontal world view was provided by stratocumulus clouds stacked over Lake Superior this morning, September 8. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune We had a fine sky last night with a half-pizza moon delivered on schedule around sunset. I noticed that craters were plainly visible in my little 8×24 binoculars along the straight-edged side, called the terminator. Before…
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