Mars In The Crosshairs

You had to stay up late to see the full moon and Antares last night. The same will be true tonight, as the moon rises even closer to the star that marks the heart of the scorpion. Look three fingers to the right and above the moon starting around 11 p.m. Artist depiction of the Phoenix spacecraft…
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This Moon Is Nothing To Sneeze At

A red and white aureole surrounds the moon Saturday night. Canon digital camera,35mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 400 and 1 second time exposure — Bob King The moon was just shy of full last night. I watched it ease up through branches feathered with small leaves as I warmed myself by a bonfire in the backyard. Every so often,…
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Let Me Tempt You

International Space Station orbits Earth this past February –  NASA/Atlantis crew I’ve been eagerly waiting for the return of the International Space Station (ISS) to our night skies. The station has been making early morning passes over the Northland for the past two weeks, but will appear during convenient evening hours starting this Wednesday. To whet your appetite for…
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Winter Exits, Stage West

Looking west-northwest at 9:30 p.m. in twilight – created with Stellarium While outside last night, I noticed how long twilight lingers after sunset. By 9:30 p.m., only a few dozen stars poked through the deepening blue. This time of year, as you look west, you’ll see the remnants of the winter sky fast disappearing. Procyon…
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A Rainbow To Start The Weekend

A slice of rainbow over the Aerial Lift Bridge this evening — Bob King Rain mingled with sunlight this evening to craft a fine rainbow over Duluth. This one featured a bright primary bow (shown in the photo) and a weaker secondary bow above. If you look closely at the main bow, you’ll see additional purple…
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