Black Hole Questions? We Got Answers

Artist depiction of matter spiraling into black hole XTE J1650-500 – NASAClick on this NASA video to get a feel for what it’s like to circle a black hole. Earlier this month, scientists discovered the smallest black hole ever. Called XTE J1650-500, it’s located in the southern constellation of Ara the altar and is orbited by a companion star. A disk of…
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Fierce Storm Gives Way To A Gentle Lion

 A robin considers Friday’s storm — Bob King / News Tribune This robin is doing his best to stay warm in the storm today. He reminds me of typical amateur astronomers on a cold night, all puffy in our down coats. People of a feather stay warm together. Leo the Lion is dominates the mid-April sky —…
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Big Storm Prompts Interplanetary Vacation

Uh-oh. A big snowstorm is coming, and although most of us would rather see winter finally get out of spring’s way, we’re still jiggered up with anticipation. 50 mile per hour winds and up to 16 inches of snow are expected here in Duluth over the next two days. We hear a lot of complaints…
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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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