Kung-pao Chicken To Go

A maple tree lifts its crown to last night’s clear, starry sky. The cloudy streak with a bright center at top is the Andromeda galaxy. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune Update 10:35 p.m. — see map below for tonight’s pass of Shenzhou-7 Sweet night yesterday if only for a little while. We had…
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Einstein And The Dumbbell

Nice to wake up to the sun shine this morning. The haze of the past week was swept away so completely that the waning crescent moon stood out sharply in the clean sky even at 9 o’clock. The Clear Sky Chart for our region forecasts cloudless skies through the early hours of tomorrow morning. This…
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Welcome To The Family

The newly-named dwarf planet Haumea and its two moons, Hi’iaka (bottom) and Namaka, were discovered by astronomer Mike Brown on December 28, 2004. He gave Haumea the nickname "Santa" at the time. Last week, it received its official name and classification as a dwarf planet. Illustration: NASA Last week astronomers added another dwarf planet to our solar…
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Everything Falls Into Place Today

Gorgeous orange mushrooms only an inch tall sprouted recently in my front yard. The longer nights and rains that are part of the fall season are ideal for mushroom growth. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune Even as I write this, the last minutes of summer are ticking by as we prepare to set foot…
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Double Your Cluster Pleasure

This map shows the northern sky around 8:30 p.m. the first week of fall. Cassiopeia is the bright W of stars well-placed halfway up in the northeastern sky. — created with Stellarium The moon’s at last or third quarter phase, having completed 3/4 of its monthly orbit around the Earth. It has the same "half…
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