Look That Goat In The Eye

Last night I spent a couple hours with a nice family in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood studying the sky through their small telescope. We looked at star clusters, Jupiter, double stars and spotted a slew of satellites. I was surprised how easy it was to see the Cygnus Star Cloud (see yesterday’s blog). It helps that…
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I Sense A Rift Between Us

The Milky Way cuts right through the Summer Triangle as seen from a dark sky. Look high in the southeast around 9:30-10 p.m. to spot the Triangle’s three brightest stars — Vega, Deneb and Altair. Just below Vega and Deneb, you’ll see the sausage-shaped Cygnus Star Cloud. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune With a…
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Bring On The Clouds

Clouds, clouds, clouds. They’re a welcome relief. No need to wear sunglasses to keep from squinting. As an amateur astronomer, I enjoy the occasional respite clouds provide, not only from sunlight but they keep my eyes earthbound at night, allowing me to focus on things other than celestial. Wispy clouds captured above a vast plain…
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MUCH Colder By The Lake

Did you notice how orange the moon was last night even when it was well above the horizon? Hazy, dusty air was hard at work scattering and absorbing the cooler colors in its light, leaving us a partially-eaten peach of a moon. I don’t think the haze will clear out until thunderstorms arrive tonight and…
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A Plunge Into The Deeps

The dark and dusty nebula, Barnard 68, in the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder. Background stars are reddened as their light passes through the dust and gas along the nebula’s edge. It almost looks you’re standing along the edge of a deep pond looking down into its dark depths. Photo credit: VLT, ANTU + FORSI Yesterday we…
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