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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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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