Can You Feel The Heat Beneath Your Feet?

I spoke to a group of very young kids and their parents earlier today about the planets and stars. The kids were energized and eager to participate. When we watched the crashing asteroids video, they happily provided the sound of things blowing up. Then we discussed how you can’t hear anything in space because there’s…
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Leaf By Leaf

Leaves from the aspen trees along my road stick to the clay road this morning. Photo: Bob King These popple leaves were pasted across a short stretch of road near my home this morning. They held firm to their stems longer than most before finally breaking away overnight. I felt a little sad seeing them…
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Clyde’s Flying To Pluto

A young Clyde Tombaugh holds one of the glass plates he used  while photographing the sky in search of "Planet X" at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Photo: NASA Clyde Tombaugh was only 24 years old when he discovered Pluto on February 18, 1930. Tombaugh, who hailed from Kansas, sent drawings of Mars and Jupiter he’d made…
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Eye Candy Breakfast

Lucky skygazers can see the moon and Saturn together in Leo tomorrow morning, Oct. 25 around 6 a.m. in the eastern sky. — created with Stellarium With so much rain and even snow in the forecast, I’m not going to pretend it’ll be clear tomorrow morning. Not across northern Minnesota and Wisconsin anyway. But it may be fair by…
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Pretty Pitchers

I come across a lot of stunning astro images on the Internet, some of which are used to illustrate the topics of this blog. There are others however that I don’t plan on using anytime soon but feel compelled to share. The following is a small selection of favorites that have been collecting virtual dust on my desktop. Enjoy. The…
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