Red-faced At Sunset

The full moon is surrounded by the first rays of morning sunlight reflecting off the mountains, as it disappears into a notch created by peaks of the Sierra Nevadas in California. This image was taken this past Sunday, August 17. Photo: Andrew Kirk Andrew Kirk from California wrote yesterday asking for more information about the origin of the sun and moon’s…
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A Twinkling Harp Sails Overhead

The moon rises over an incoming ore boat as seen from Skyline Parkway in Duluth last night (August 17). Details: 280mm lens at f4, 1/8" exposure at ISO 400. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune It’s a joy to walk the moonlit night wearing a T-shirt. Baked by the sun earlier in the day, and slightly toasted from cooking chicken on…
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The Blue Hour

A 1820 painting titled Der Abend (The Evening) by Caspar David Friedrich depicting two people on a twilight walk. Twilight is sometimes referred to as "the blue hour" when the natural illumination we receive comes from the sky. Yesterday’s sunset was welcome relief after a hot, humid day. The cool evening air made everything right.…
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Dude, Look At Your Dew

An extreme closeup of tiny dew droplets suspended on a grass spider’s web. Each bead is only about a tenth to a fifth of a millimeter across. They’re so tiny that surface tension snaps each drop into a nearly perfect sphere. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune These summer nights are sweet. Jupiter can’t be missed…
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XXXOOXOOXXXX For Mother Earth

No gold medals here from last night’s planetary olympiad. A bronze maybe? Like others, I got skunked by low cirrus clouds along the western horizon. Don’t get me wrong. Venus was very easy to see at the appointed time, and not too many minutes later, Mercury appeared in binoculars but dimmer Saturn and Mars never…
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