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The upper left star of the Great Square actually belongs to the constellation Andromeda. The moon lines up tonight (Oct. 11) with the two stars along the right side of the Square. This view shows the sky as you face east around 8:30 p.m. — created with Stellarium We’ve visited with Pegasus the Winged Horse before in this blog. You’ll…
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Asteroid Burnup Caught On Camera

The yellow spot in this image made by the European weather satellite Meteosat-8 early Tuesday morning (Sudan time), is the explosive burnup of the space rock 2008 TC3. It hit the atmosphere as predicted. As of now, it’s the only photograph of the event, which occured over a remote region in northern Sudan. Credit: copyright (c) 2000 EUMETSAT Remember 2008…
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Time To Winterize Your Sky

Orion the Hunter stands tall in the southern sky in this photo taken Thursday morning (Oct. 9). Sirius is the bright star at lower left. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune The other morning, while basking in the glow of the zodiacal light, I was impressed with how completely the winter constellations have taken…
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Let The Moon Be Your Light

Balls of crimson fire. That’s what the little maples lining Duluth’s streets look like today. Leaves skitter across the road and fly in your face. It’s absolutely fabulous. Fall’s presence is forceful and relentless. Time to lose a few old leaves myself and get back to essentials. Light from last night’s moon (Oct. 8) turned a…
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The Week’s Been Flying By

Saturn’s moon Enceladus (en-CELL-luh-duss) sports dark, tiger stripe cracks (at bottom) in its icy surface. The Cassini spacecraft has detected geysers of water vapor jetting from these cracks. PHOTO: NASA Things have certainly been flying by this week. First it was the Mercury Messenger spacecraft, then the asteroid 2008 TC3. Now it’s Cassini’s turn. The…
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