And I Thought You’d Never Change

Look low in the northwest on October nights to find the Big Dipper. The star names in white type comprise the core of the Ursa Major Moving Cluster. Alkaid and Dubhe are background interlopers. — created with Stellarium The Big Dipper’s been around for thousands of years. It may surprise you to learn it hasn’t…
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Quiet Joys Of Shadowland

Empty egg cartons are lit by a flash from the side (left). At right, the same cartons are illuminated with straight-ahead, direct flash. The side-lighting shows much more texture and detail. Photos: Bob King My daughter helped me with another example of side lighting (left), vs. direct, face-on lighting (right). Shadows have returned to the moon! That’s…
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Faraway Moonwatching

These diagrams show the positions of Jupiter’s four brightest moons between over the next four evenings — as viewed in 7x-10x binoculars. The yellow ball represents Jupiter. Remember to look very close to the planet to see them. Notice how Jupiter’s orbital motion around the sun will cause it to drift to the left (east) of the star shown. —…
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Master Of His Gravitational Domain

The nearly full moon rises above one of the towers of Holy Rosary School in Duluth last night (Oct. 15). Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune Wow, did things ever clear out fast last night! The moon jumped out of the cloud bank and Jupiter shot me right between the eyes from its low…
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Nightlights

You know I’m a sucker for moonlight. This photo was taken with the help of the moon several nights ago at "Smiley’s" swimming hole on Amity Creek in Duluth. The constellation Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, hovers like a Cheshire Cat smile above the scene. Details: 20mm lens at f/2.8, 20-second time exposure at ISO 800.…
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