Who Knew Horses Could Fly?

Look due east three fists below Cygnus (the Northern Cross) around 9:30 p.m. to find Pegasus the Winged Horse and its easily-recognized Great Square. The Square is large, measuring some two "fists" across. You can also use the "W" of Cassiopeia to guide you there. — created with Stellarium With September knocking on the door, what’s…
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Jivin’ With Jupiter

Jupiter has been very assertive these nights. Even in early twilight, the planet stands out bold as a brass button in the southeastern sky. I saw it at 8:15 yesterday evening. By nightfall, it’s so bright, it steals the attention of anyone looking south. To find it, look about three outstretched fists high in that direction…
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Summer Gets The Budge

The last rays of sunlight paint the clouds Saturday evening, August 23 as seen from Duluth. Bob King / News Tribune  Raspberries to the rescue! It was a warm walk in the woods yesterday despite cooler temperatures. I was happy that raspberry bushes appeared just often enough to satisfy my desire for something sweet. The dog gobbled…
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Look That Goat In The Eye

Last night I spent a couple hours with a nice family in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood studying the sky through their small telescope. We looked at star clusters, Jupiter, double stars and spotted a slew of satellites. I was surprised how easy it was to see the Cygnus Star Cloud (see yesterday’s blog). It helps that…
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I Sense A Rift Between Us

The Milky Way cuts right through the Summer Triangle as seen from a dark sky. Look high in the southeast around 9:30-10 p.m. to spot the Triangle’s three brightest stars — Vega, Deneb and Altair. Just below Vega and Deneb, you’ll see the sausage-shaped Cygnus Star Cloud. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune With a…
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