A Mystery Befuddles Hubble

Looking east tonight around 9 p.m. (Sept. 16). The moon hangs two outstretched fists below the Great Square of Pegasus, the mythological flying horse. To see the Square more easily, cover the moon with one hand. Aries the Ram is the small, fingerlike constellation two fists to the left of the moon. — created with Stellarium These past nights…
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Sol And Luna Face Off In Two Harbors Tonight

The moon, encircled by a small corona of light, shines through departing altocumulus clouds last night (Sept. 14). Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune Can’t get enough of the moon? The fourth annual Harvest Moon and Sunset Watch will be tonight, Monday, September 15 along the Two Harbors breakwater near the lighthouse. Two Harbors is located some…
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Feast Your Eyes On This Harvest

During the time of Harvest Moon, the full moon rises within a half hour of sunset several nights in a row. This gave farmers the light they needed to bring in the harvest in the days before the advent of lights and heavy machinery. Illustration: Bob King While the official date of the full moon is tomorrow, it’ll…
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Through Fog Into Another Dimension

Fog highlights a burst of moonbeams through the leaves of a black ash tree Thursday night (Sept. 11). The moon was also surrounded by a reddish corona, caused by diffraction within the tiny water droplets that compose the fog. Details: 70mm lens at f/4, 15-second time exposure at ISO 400. Photo: Bob King /Duluth News Tribune My older daughter and I…
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When You Wish Upon A Star

Meteors streak through the atmosphere in this 19th century drawing. Most meteors are caused by pieces of rock and ice no bigger than apple seeds that plow into the atmosphere at speeds around 50,000 mph. As they vaporize overhead, they set the air aglow in a brilliant streak of light. When it comes to meteors, you get a lot…
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