Chuck Berry’s Message To ET

A horizontal world view was provided by stratocumulus clouds stacked over Lake Superior this morning, September 8. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune We had a fine sky last night with a half-pizza moon delivered on schedule around sunset. I noticed that craters were plainly visible in my little 8×24 binoculars along the straight-edged side, called the terminator. Before…
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A 550-ton Weight Over My Head

A mountain-like cumulus congestus cloud rises up into the blue sky yesterday afternoon (Sept. 6). Clouds like these tower to 15,000 feet or more and can measure many miles across at the base. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune There was serenity in the air yesterday despite enormous cumulus clouds that moved through our region.…
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A Dead Rock Comes To Life

This map shows the sky tonight (September 6) around 8:30 p.m. looking south-southwest. The red star Antares, which marks the heart of the scorpion, will make a pretty duo with the moon all evening. — created with Stellarium I’m getting partly cloudy skies from the Clear Sky Chart forecast for tonight. That should at least give…
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Wiggle, Jiggle And Jive

We’ve all heard the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, an English nursery rhyme that shares its melody with several others, including the Alphabet Song. Astronomers enjoy nursery rhymes like anyone else but they bristle when the subject turns to twinkling stars. Go out just about any clear night, look up and you’ll see the stars a-flutter. Twinkling is caused by pockets…
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The Truth About Astronomy

The sky was mostly cloudy last night despite the optimistic forecast. Keep in mind that Neptune and the Andromeda galaxy will be visible throughout the fall. By the beginning of next week, the moon will make viewing Neptune difficult for a time. I’ll make another map for finding the planet when the sky is moonless again later this month.…
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