Go North, Fellow Stargazers

Time exposure of star trails around Polaris / Bob King Every day it’s a merry-go-around. The planet spins round and round with its axis pointed in the same direction at the same special star, Polaris. More familiar to us as the North Star, Polaris is a supergiant star much larger and brighter than the sun…
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There Are Stars And Then There Are Stars

Earthly stars Zellweger and Clooney — Bob King / News Tribune Stars of the cosmic variety / NASA Hollywood celebs George Clooney and Renee Zellweger came to Duluth today to promote the movie "Leatherheads." I’ve been so busy getting photos of these stars ready for the Web, I’ve hardly had time to consider the celestial variety, the…
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Find A Rainbow In A Snowflake

Colorful sparkles in freshly fallen snow – Bob King / News Tribune I was so surprised to wake up to four inches of snow with plenty still falling this Easter Sunday. A random survey of a minute’s worth of snowflakes on my dark-colored jacket revealed a variety of attractive six-sided and six-pointed shapes. Ice is…
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A Stellar Celebrity In Our Midst

Looking east tonight around 9:30 p.m. / created with Stellarium By coincidence, the newly discovered exploding star (see yesterday’s entry) is not far from our featured star, Arcturus, in the constellation of Bootes. Take a look at the map above. Did you see anything unusual at that spot this past Wednesday morning at 1:12 a.m.…
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Explosion From The Depths Of Time

Gary Meader, our graphic artist at the News Tribune, alerted me to this story on the AP wire and I thought it worth sharing with you. It seems the universe has a surprise for us nearly every day. Gamma ray burst GRB 080319B in X-rays (left) and UV/optical light (right)Photos by NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler, et al. WASHINGTON…
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