The Present Day In A Galaxy Not So Far Away

The space station zips across the telescope field of view last night – Bob King We had two International Space Station (ISS) passes last night, and I hope you got to see them. Both were brilliant. I managed to chase down the station in my telescope at low power on each occasion. To do it,…
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Tangled Up In Bees

The trail of the ISS during the 9:42 p.m. pass last night. Spica at upper right and airplane, lower right — Bob King/News Tribune Congratulations to all who saw the first passes of the space station last night. If you’d like to share your observation, just click on the comments link and let us know. If you…
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The Space Station Returns Tonight!

My friend Will from Port Wing dropped me a note to say that WDSE Channel 8, the PBS station, will air a program this Thursday at 9 p.m. on the Phoenix mission to Mars. It’s titled Phoenix Mars Mission: Ashes to Ice. Sounds like a great way to get a little Mars dust between your…
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Mars In The Crosshairs

You had to stay up late to see the full moon and Antares last night. The same will be true tonight, as the moon rises even closer to the star that marks the heart of the scorpion. Look three fingers to the right and above the moon starting around 11 p.m. Artist depiction of the Phoenix spacecraft…
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This Moon Is Nothing To Sneeze At

A red and white aureole surrounds the moon Saturday night. Canon digital camera,35mm lens at f/2.8, ISO 400 and 1 second time exposure — Bob King The moon was just shy of full last night. I watched it ease up through branches feathered with small leaves as I warmed myself by a bonfire in the backyard. Every so often,…
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