‘Round The Sun We Go!

The moon glows deep orange while setting last night August 7. Tonight the moon will set around 11:15 p.m. Camera details: 35mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 1600, 20-second time exposure.  Bob King / News Tribune  The moon reaches first quarter phase tonight in the constellation Libra the Scales. It’s seven days past new phase, and has completed one quarter of its monthly orbit…
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Roy G. Biv Pays A Visit

A primary and secondary rainbow drape the eastern sky yesterday evening (August 6). The colors are arranged in the order of the spectrum: red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet, a.k.a. "roygbiv". Also visible is Alexander’s Dark Band between the two bows. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune Perhaps you saw the beautiful double rainbow yesterday evening that a brief thundershower left in…
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Something To Hang Your Coat On

The Milky Way courses right through the Summer Triangle constellations. You can use Sagitta the Arrow to guide you to Brocchi’s Cluster, a fine binocular object, or take an alternate route. The cluster is on a straight line from Altair to Vega so if you point your binoculars at Altair and make a beeline for Vega,…
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An Arrow In The Milky Way’s Heart

The view looking southwest around 9:15 p.m. tonight August 5. The four-day-old moon is joined by the star Spica in Virgo. — created with Stellarium A toenail clipping of a moon will dangle in the sky this evening after sunset. If you look toward the southwest around 9:15 p.m., you should see it without any…
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Fueled By Starlight And Good People

William Wiethoff waits in anticipation as amateur astronomer Jeff Setzer from West Bend, Wis. aims his 22" reflecting telescope at a distant globular cluster. Hobbs Observatory dome in the background. Photo: Bob King/News Tribune I’m back after a good night’s sleep. I had a blast at the Northwoods Starfest at Hobbs Observatory this weekend. Friday night was…
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