Aurora Pseudo-borealis

Parallel light columns shoot sky high last night during a light, cold snowfall. This photo was taken from Lakewood Township and overlooks Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood and business district. The columns are caused by light reflected from the bottoms of ice crystals. Photos: Bob King Artificial aurora? Maybe you’ve seen these crazy towers and spikes of light…
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Nature’s Christmas Tree

The planet Venus takes on the role of "Christmas Star" in this photo made earlier this week in the Colorado mountains. Details: A 41-second time exposure at ISO 400 using a Fuji Finepix S2 digital camera and 16mm lens at f/2.8. Credit: Jimmy Westlake, Colorado Mountain College (www.jwestlake.com) and used by permission I just had to share this image with you, taken…
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Be Heroic In The Cold

Venus (left) and Jupiter frame the Radisson Hotel in downtown Duluth Monday evening (Dec. 15). These two bright planets continue to be this month’s sky celebrities. Photo: Bob King It’s going to be cold in our region tonight. Who among you is brave enough to stand outside and find a new constellation? We’ve looked at…
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Return Of The Sun

Shafts of sunlight pierce through openings in a spruce tree, illuminating blowing and falling snow today (Dec. 15). Photos: Bob King The sky cleared off this morning after the storm and the sun added cheer to the day. Because of the bitter wind, I kept my face mostly to the ground during the morning dog walk. On…
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Irresistible Attraction

In this old engraving, English scientist Isaac Newton sits under an apple tree. The story goes that when he observed an apple fall from the tree, it got him to wondering about the force that brought it to the ground. Newton called the force gravity and went on to describe its properties in his laws of gravitation. Credit: Photos.com I stood on a…
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