Sail The Lunar Seas

The moon tonight. How many lunar seas can you find with your naked eye? The gibbous moon will dominate the sky tonight. While you’re out enjoying the evening, why not see how many seas you can see. Now say that ten times quickly. The early astronomers called the dark spots on the moon seas or…
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Cloudy UFOs Pay Visit To Iron Range

"UFO" clouds over an Iron Range landscape last week – Bob King/ News Tribune We ran a photo of one of these clouds in today’s Duluth News Tribune, but for online users, I thought it would be fun to share a wider view showing the full scene. One of the side benefits of sky watching…
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Meet My Dog

Sammy resting happily on Planet Milk Bone — illustration by Bob King with help from the Hubble Space Telescope OK, she’s no Canis Major but she is our family dog. Meet Sammy, a mix of border collie, husky and, according to my older daughter, a touch of chow-chow. We picked her up at the animal…
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Moon Points To Saturn Tonight

I just took a peek outside and it’s a calm, clear night. The moon is in its first quarter phase and looks like half a communion wafer. If you’re planning on going out, that’s good, because just to the left of the moon are two celebrities of the sky, Saturn and Regulus. Saturn’s been paired…
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Nonstop Flight To Virgo

A potpourri of galaxies. Our Milky Way would resemble the one at upper left.Credit: Courtesy Adam Block, KPNO Visitor Program, NOAO, NSF Spring is galaxy season for amateur astronomers. There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the entire universe, several thousand of which that you can see in a modest telescope right here on Earth. Even…
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