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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Ring Around The Sun Today

Solar halo at 11 a.m. this morning — Bob King /News Tribune Colder weather and new snow are on the way. Cirrostratus clouds often precede these storm fronts, and this morning they form a pale wash across Northland skies. If you look up right now, you might see a huge ring around the sun called a solar halo. Billions of hexagonal ice crystals…
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Swing High Sweet Chariot

What a sweet night. Clear and calm without the usual bite in the air. I didn’t want to take down the telescope but the faint refrain of "gotta go to work tomorrow" finally sent me off to bed around midnight. I don’t know which I  like more — observing through the telescope or just gawking at the sky, but there was time for both last…
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What’s Up Dock? More Alien Evidence

A camera on the space station records the ATV’s rehearsal approach Monday – NASA TV  Applause all around! The Jules Verne cargo carrier ship (ATV) successfully docked this morning with the International Space Station. And it was all done remotely. Jules fired lasers at mirrors on the docking port, which reflected them back to its sensors. The interchange allowed Jules…
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