July Planet Lollapalooza

A tableau of evening celestial alignments in the next five days. — created with Stellarium Take a look at the musical chair game going on in the sky over the next five nights. All you need to watch the fun is a wide open view toward the western horizon. Try to find a spot without…
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Planetary Antics

The trio of Saturn, Mars and Regulus hang together low in the west around 10:15 p.m. during twilight tonight July 1. — created with Stellarium I’ve returned to Duluth after dropping a couple degrees in latitude.My daughters and I toured colleges in LaCrosse and Eau Claireover the past few days. It was nice to find…
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Something Easy, Something Hard, Something Early

Back in April we looked at the sky’s most famous double star, the pair of Mizar and Alcor in the bend of the Big Dipper’s Handle. They’re still out and make a good place to start for some summer star splitting. Most people find it relatively easy to split the two. First locate the Big Dipper…
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Let The Earth Fall Away

Imagine what the sky would look like with the Earth out of the way. If you were an astronaut, say, somewhere between the Earth and moon, it would be easy. Since most of us have to remain on the planet, we’ll have to find another way. That’s where a planetarium-style computer program can help. An…
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Touched By A Heavenly Light

Crepuscular rays from the low, evening sun last week over Rice Lake Township — Bob King/Duluth News Tribune We’ve all seen them — those rays of sunlight or moonlight bursting through openings in the clouds. They look positively heavenly. They’re called crepuscular (kree-PUSS-cu-lurr) rays because they usually make their appearance during the crepuscular hours of dusk and…
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