Kaboom On The Moon!

A meteoroid strikes the moon last month — copyright George Varros It may only look like a blinking dot of light in the photo but it’s actually a meteoroid striking the moon’s surface. This remarkable event was recorded on video by amateur astronomer George Varros on March 13 at 9:04 p.m. and confirmed in several other telescopes at…
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Moon Plays Peekaboo With The Pleiades Tonight

The moon occults the Pleiades in 1990 — Bob King / News Tribune This morning I was drawn to a chorus of robins kibbutzing in the poplars at the end of the road. I counted at least 40, and their combined chatter was a joy to hear. They clustered in the trees like another spring…
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A Wink From The Demon Star

Use the Pleiades and Capella to point you to Algol, the "Demon Star" — Stellarium The weather doesn’t look good around here for the next two nights but maybe it’ll be better by you. If so, you have the chance to witness a star go from bright to dim right before your eyes. The star…
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Chariot A-Go-Goat

Auriga with chariot reins in one hand, goats in the other – created with Stellarium I haven’t forgotten about our good friend Auriga, the Charioteer, who we met on Friday. He not only drives a chariot but carries the "little she-goat" Capella (kuh-PELL-luh) on his shoulder and her two kids with his other arm. Capella, the sixth brightest star…
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How To Photograph The Space Station

98-second time exposure of the space station cutting across Cassiopeia last night — Bob King / News Tribune Hope you got to see today’s colorful sun halo. Last night we had another fine space station pass. ZaZ checked in from Detroit Lakes with a successful observation and I imagine many others saw it given the clear weather. The station will…
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