Greetings From July 12, 10,000 A.D.

Looking north at 11 p.m. on July 12, 10,000 A.D. The spot once occupied by Polaris, the North Star, is now very close to the bright star Deneb at the head of the Northern Cross. Map created using Chris Marriott’s SkyMap Pro/skymap.com On July 12, 10,000 A.D. teens will be wearing pants on their heads…
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Big Or Little? Well, That All Depends

Tomorrow evening (Saturday July 12) from 9 until midnight, members of the Arrowhead Astronomical Society will set up telescopes at the end of the Lakewalk in Canal Park for public viewing. If you’ve never seen the moon up close this should be a real treat. Club members will focus on the planets Saturn, Mars and Jupiter, the…
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Red Star Tonight, Stargazers Delight

Red is the color of excitement, passion, life. That’s just one reason I love red stars. The other is that they’re some of the most richly colored of the few stars that show color in the first place. When you’re out at night and away from streetlights, your eyes require about 5-10 minutes to see…
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This Big Guy’s On Our Side

The diagram — not to scale — shows the approximate positions of Mars, Earth and Jupiter in orbit around the sun. Today (July 9) the Earth and Jupiter are paired together on the same side of the sun and closest for the year. Illustration by Bob King The word "opposition" usually implies conflict but there’ll…
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The Curse Of The Brocken Specter

The specter of the Brocken on a recent foggy night. This photo ran in this morning’s newspaper (July 8) and I wanted to share it with online readers too. Bob King/News Tribune I walk my dog Sammy on most nights. On foggy nights, I’ve noticed that whena car pulls onto the road and passes us, our moving…
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