The Eye Of Sauron

A striking display of crepuscular rays around the sun this morning, August 28. Although the rays appears to focus on the sun, they’re actually parallel to one another. The "railroad track" effect makes them look like they’re converging toward the sun. Photo: Bob King / News Tribune I walked out of Marshall school this morning,…
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Who Knew Horses Could Fly?

Look due east three fists below Cygnus (the Northern Cross) around 9:30 p.m. to find Pegasus the Winged Horse and its easily-recognized Great Square. The Square is large, measuring some two "fists" across. You can also use the "W" of Cassiopeia to guide you there. — created with Stellarium With September knocking on the door, what’s…
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Jivin’ With Jupiter

Jupiter has been very assertive these nights. Even in early twilight, the planet stands out bold as a brass button in the southeastern sky. I saw it at 8:15 yesterday evening. By nightfall, it’s so bright, it steals the attention of anyone looking south. To find it, look about three outstretched fists high in that direction…
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Summer Gets The Budge

The last rays of sunlight paint the clouds Saturday evening, August 23 as seen from Duluth. Bob King / News Tribune  Raspberries to the rescue! It was a warm walk in the woods yesterday despite cooler temperatures. I was happy that raspberry bushes appeared just often enough to satisfy my desire for something sweet. The dog gobbled…
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Look That Goat In The Eye

Last night I spent a couple hours with a nice family in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood studying the sky through their small telescope. We looked at star clusters, Jupiter, double stars and spotted a slew of satellites. I was surprised how easy it was to see the Cygnus Star Cloud (see yesterday’s blog). It helps that…
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