Travel Far, See New Stars

As summer approaches, many of us like to get in a car or plane and travel to new places or spend time with distant friends and family. I recently returned from a trip to Fort Collins, Col. for my niece’s college graduation. We ate huevos rancheros, tramped around in the Rockies and talked in the…
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Follow The International Space Station To The Land Of The Midnight Sun

The International Space Station (ISS) spreads its wings across both evening and morning skies for northern hemisphere skywatchers this week. Normally, we see one or two passes at dusk or dawn, but twice a year around the solstice, you can see up to five successive appearances a night. Encore, encore! The first spell happens from…
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A Sputtering Sun Could Mean Auroras May 15-16

I sure wish I’d been up at 3 o’clock this morning. That’s when a surprise aurora hit. In a very short time, conditions went from a minor G1 storm to a strong G3. For several hours until around 6:30 a.m. CDT, the storm would have been visible (before twilight grew too bright) across the northern…
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Summer Ascends In The East At Nightfall

The moon’s waxing brighter now. I notice the change in the intensity of its light during my nightly walks. Under a thin crescent, my shadow is dim and lean, but by half-moon dark and distinct. A half-moon also provides enough light to read the landscape and see the creatures of the night like deer and…
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Aurora Active Tonight May 10-11

I was out watching the moon in the Beehive Cluster tonight and noticed a suspicious glow low in the northern sky. It turned out to be the northern lights! Although nothing was forecast to show over northern Minnesota tonight, a dim arc hovered 8° above the north below the W of Cassiopeia around 11:30 p.m.…
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