Leap Along With Lepus On February Nights

Yesterday was Groundhog Day. Since there are no groundhogs in Duluth, the local zoo coaxes out a porcupine named Spike to play the role. If Spike sees his shadow, it’s six more weeks of winter, pretty much a foregone conclusion in Minnesota anyway. But this time around, the zoo folks switched it up and instead…
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Looking Through Crystal Spectacles On A Subzero Morning

Subzero mornings may not be friendly to skin and lungs, but they’re great for making ice crystals. Add in sunlight and you never know what you’ll get. Sometimes those crystals form directly in clear air. Other times they need a nudge from a body of water. Lake Superior provided that source earlier today when the…
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Total Eclipse Totally Excellent

It just cleared off in time here in northern Minnesota for the this morning’s total lunar eclipse. Clouds at 5 a.m., breakup at 5:30 and in the clear at 5:45. What a stately event the eclipse was. My friends and I watched from the bay side of Lake Superior in steady 20-30 mph winds with…
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Viewing Tips And Times For Tomorrow Morning’s Total Lunar Eclipse

Tomorrow’s the big day. Before most of us go to work in the morning, there’ll be a total eclipse of the moon. Unlike the brief experience of totality during a total solar eclipse, the moon will remain inside Earth’s inner shadow called the umbra for over an hour. The eastern U.S. will only see a…
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Dust Storms May Be Linked To Erosion Of Mars’ Atmosphere

Don’t be surprised if you hear the god of war’s name dropped in casual conversation at the local burger joint this summer. 2018 promises to be the Year of Mars. On July 31, Mars will come closest to Earth since 2003 during its perihelic opposition. Every 15 or 16 years, Mars reaches perihelion (closest to the…
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