Big Storm Prompts Interplanetary Vacation

Uh-oh. A big snowstorm is coming, and although most of us would rather see winter finally get out of spring’s way, we’re still jiggered up with anticipation. 50 mile per hour winds and up to 16 inches of snow are expected here in Duluth over the next two days. We hear a lot of complaints…
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Kaboom On The Moon!

A meteoroid strikes the moon last month — copyright George Varros It may only look like a blinking dot of light in the photo but it’s actually a meteoroid striking the moon’s surface. This remarkable event was recorded on video by amateur astronomer George Varros on March 13 at 9:04 p.m. and confirmed in several other telescopes at…
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Moon Plays Peekaboo With The Pleiades Tonight

The moon occults the Pleiades in 1990 — Bob King / News Tribune This morning I was drawn to a chorus of robins kibbutzing in the poplars at the end of the road. I counted at least 40, and their combined chatter was a joy to hear. They clustered in the trees like another spring…
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A Wink From The Demon Star

Use the Pleiades and Capella to point you to Algol, the "Demon Star" — Stellarium The weather doesn’t look good around here for the next two nights but maybe it’ll be better by you. If so, you have the chance to witness a star go from bright to dim right before your eyes. The star…
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Chariot A-Go-Goat

Auriga with chariot reins in one hand, goats in the other – created with Stellarium I haven’t forgotten about our good friend Auriga, the Charioteer, who we met on Friday. He not only drives a chariot but carries the "little she-goat" Capella (kuh-PELL-luh) on his shoulder and her two kids with his other arm. Capella, the sixth brightest star…
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