Atmospheric Trickery

We had night-shining clouds last night alright but they were the lightning-lit variety. Too cloudy around here to see the real noctilucent clouds. Tonight’s forecast looks more genial for skygazing so it’s worth the effort to look again. See yesterday’s blog for information on the when and where. Jim Schaff used Photoshop to place the…
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Noctilucent Cloud Alert Tonight

Noctilucent clouds on July 3 from Rice Lake Township near Duluth. Photo taken about 10:30 p.m. Bob King/News Tribune There’ve been sightings of rare noctilucent clouds as far south as Turkey in the last day or so. That’s 40 degrees latitude south. If folks can see them there, that’s a good omen we’ll see them in…
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ET Phone Home

The gibbous moon yesterday (July 13) just clears the treetops about an hour before sunset. Bob King/News Tribune The moon played hide and seek yesterday evening with stratocumulus clouds that strode across the southern sky. By 10 or so, the clouds finally cleared out making for a most enjoyable summer night. I hope you were…
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Once Upon A Poplar Leaf

Beads of water on a poplar leaf from last night’s rain concentrate sunlight like individual lenses. Bob King/News Tribune Light is everything. It turns my head many times a day. This morning my attention was focused by water droplets on poplar leaves. The wind had blown the leaves onto the road, and the alchemy of early sunlight converted the clear…
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Greetings From July 12, 10,000 A.D.

Looking north at 11 p.m. on July 12, 10,000 A.D. The spot once occupied by Polaris, the North Star, is now very close to the bright star Deneb at the head of the Northern Cross. Map created using Chris Marriott’s SkyMap Pro/skymap.com On July 12, 10,000 A.D. teens will be wearing pants on their heads…
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