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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Big, Fat, Pink Arcturus

Looking east 9:30 p.m. Follow the Dipper’s Handle to Arcturus. Aaron Copland’s "Suite from the Tender Land" played on the radio as I drove in this morning. The final section, titled "Promise of Living," took me away. I’ve heard it dozens of times before, but today the sweeping tune reverberated inside my cells, heightening my appreciation of…
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