Scintillating Sirius … Or Not

(Orion’s Belt and the star Sirius — Bob King / News Tribune) We’ve had numerous clear nights in the Northland over the week, some windy and some calm. Last night was a gem with air so still, it seemed frozen into place. Where I was, the temperature dropped to -12 F. Once my telescope cooled down, galaxies,…
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A Flash In The Night

  (Two meteors during the 2001 Leonid meteor shower — Bob King/ News Tribune) Susan of Virginia, Minn. wrote me the other day about something that really caught her attention. In her words: "I was on Highway 33 on Friday, Feb. 15th. I’m not sure what time it was, maybe 9 or 9:30 and to our…
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Extra Daylight Feels Alright

     (The sun sets over Duluth earlier this winter – Bob King/News Tribune) Two glorious hours. That’s how much more sunshine lights our faces and accompanies us to and from work and school since the winter solstice. While walking the dog this morning, it struck me just how much further north the sun has traveled since…
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Saturn Beds Down With A Lion

  Saturn as viewed by the Cassini orbiter / NASA – Saturn, its rings and the moon Titan / NASA Such a fine weekend with two clear nights and tiny hints of spring. Last night I heard the welcome monotone call of a saw-whet owl between the growl of snowmobiles. Saturday, the day named after…
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Moonless, Dark Skies Return Tonight

Do we really have to wait until December 2010 for the next lunar eclipse? It’s rare when so many people share the same moving event. It seems to bring us all a little closer. Like me, you may wish eclipses were more frequent. And they would be if the sun, Earth and full moon lined…
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