Return Of The Unfortunate Dragon

I helped my younger daughter identify a collection of insects last night, including a little jewel of a leaf beetle that looked like it had been dipped in silver paint. This was a particularly big accomplishment for us since beetles are one of the most successful insect groups in the world, boasting something like a…
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Appointment With The Goddess

Well, I can tell you this. Lightning and heavy rain last night sure made it hard to see the Shenzhou spacecraft pass. Think of how serene things must have been for the three astronauts sailing 200 miles overhead through the quietude of space. Had they paid any attention to little us, they would have seen tiny…
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Worlds In Collision

The rocket stage that propelled Shenzhou into orbit passes just below Jupiter in this photo taken last night (Sept. 25) at 8:09 p.m. The sky’s pink cast is caused by light pollution from the city of Duluth. Details: 70mm lens at f/2.8, 30-second time exposure at ISO 800. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune Tonight…
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Kung-pao Chicken To Go

A maple tree lifts its crown to last night’s clear, starry sky. The cloudy streak with a bright center at top is the Andromeda galaxy. Photo: Bob King / Duluth News Tribune Update 10:35 p.m. — see map below for tonight’s pass of Shenzhou-7 Sweet night yesterday if only for a little while. We had…
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Einstein And The Dumbbell

Nice to wake up to the sun shine this morning. The haze of the past week was swept away so completely that the waning crescent moon stood out sharply in the clean sky even at 9 o’clock. The Clear Sky Chart for our region forecasts cloudless skies through the early hours of tomorrow morning. This…
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