Guess The Visitor And Win A Meteorite

Mystery object very low in the northwest around 9:10-15 p.m.  (about 15 minutes after sunset) last night July 18. Do you know what it is? Hint: It may look faint but that’s only because it’s so close to the horizon. Think bright! Bob King/News Tribune I came across a long lost celestial friend last night, got pumped and figured…
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Ah, Capella! / Space Station Returns

Singular Capella shares the sky stage with a departing cumulus congestus cloud during twilight earlier this week. Capella never sets as seen from north of 44 degrees latitude. Bob King/News Tribune I’m a sucker for puns. When my friend Rick from Washington called last week and asked what star he saw in the northern sky, I knew it was…
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And The Beat Goes On

The full moon will be near Jupiter again tonight July 17. Look southeast after 10 o’ clock. — created with Stellarium Lots of clouds last night around here. Maybe you caught the moon and Jupiter duet but not I. That’s OK. The moon will hang with the mighty planet again tonight, east of the Teapot…
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Only The Shadow Knows

Downtown Duluth during Monday night’s storm. The lightning appears to contact the Holiday Inn hotel but is probably in the background. Exposure info: 17 second time exposure at f/10 and ISO 320 taken with a Nikon D300 with the zoom lens set at 18mm. Photo by Max Caven Readers of this blog know how much I enjoy sky phenomena,…
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Atmospheric Trickery

We had night-shining clouds last night alright but they were the lightning-lit variety. Too cloudy around here to see the real noctilucent clouds. Tonight’s forecast looks more genial for skygazing so it’s worth the effort to look again. See yesterday’s blog for information on the when and where. Jim Schaff used Photoshop to place the…
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