Geminid Report

Remember the Geminid meteors we talked about last weekend? It turned out to be a very good year for the shower. Skywatchers under clear skies saw lots of them despite a full moon. A serious snow storm hit our region that night. Most of us were just trying to keep our driveways shoveled let alone think about meteors. Another minor meteor shower…
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Stirred Not Shaken

The planet Saturn through the telescope on a recent morning showing the rings, two faint cloud belts and several moons. The rings are almost edge-on and appear very thin. Sketch/illus.: Bob King Tonight should be clear for our region, a fine time to look out the window when you’re buttoning your shirt tomorrow morning. Around 6…
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Aurora Pseudo-borealis

Parallel light columns shoot sky high last night during a light, cold snowfall. This photo was taken from Lakewood Township and overlooks Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood and business district. The columns are caused by light reflected from the bottoms of ice crystals. Photos: Bob King Artificial aurora? Maybe you’ve seen these crazy towers and spikes of light…
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Nature’s Christmas Tree

The planet Venus takes on the role of "Christmas Star" in this photo made earlier this week in the Colorado mountains. Details: A 41-second time exposure at ISO 400 using a Fuji Finepix S2 digital camera and 16mm lens at f/2.8. Credit: Jimmy Westlake, Colorado Mountain College (www.jwestlake.com) and used by permission I just had to share this image with you, taken…
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Be Heroic In The Cold

Venus (left) and Jupiter frame the Radisson Hotel in downtown Duluth Monday evening (Dec. 15). These two bright planets continue to be this month’s sky celebrities. Photo: Bob King It’s going to be cold in our region tonight. Who among you is brave enough to stand outside and find a new constellation? We’ve looked at…
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