Clyde’s Flying To Pluto

A young Clyde Tombaugh holds one of the glass plates he used  while photographing the sky in search of "Planet X" at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Photo: NASA Clyde Tombaugh was only 24 years old when he discovered Pluto on February 18, 1930. Tombaugh, who hailed from Kansas, sent drawings of Mars and Jupiter he’d made…
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Eye Candy Breakfast

Lucky skygazers can see the moon and Saturn together in Leo tomorrow morning, Oct. 25 around 6 a.m. in the eastern sky. — created with Stellarium With so much rain and even snow in the forecast, I’m not going to pretend it’ll be clear tomorrow morning. Not across northern Minnesota and Wisconsin anyway. But it may be fair by…
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Pretty Pitchers

I come across a lot of stunning astro images on the Internet, some of which are used to illustrate the topics of this blog. There are others however that I don’t plan on using anytime soon but feel compelled to share. The following is a small selection of favorites that have been collecting virtual dust on my desktop. Enjoy. The…
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Planetary Pronounciation Conundrum

The planet Uranus, its ring system and five of its many moons as seen in the VLT telescope in November of 2002 (left) and August 2007 (right). Uranus’ axis is tipped all the way over on it side compared to the other planets, and so appears to roll as it orbits the sun instead of spinning rightside up…
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Baby Steps To Uranus

Lyle Anderson of Duluth shares this photograph of the sunrise over Lake Superior he took earlier this week with his digital camera. It’s interesting how the waves split the sun’s reflection in two. The astronomy class students and I had some good fun last night. We set up our telescopes on Skyline Parkway near Hawk Ridge, and…
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