A Dash Of Aurora, A Pinch Of Jules

The Northern Lights last night at 11 p.m. — Bob King / News Tribune Did you get a chance to see the aurora last night? From the countryside, it was active until past 11 o’clock. Faint rays like rising smoke streaked the north around 10 p.m. Later, a pale green glow swelled on the northern horizon accompanied…
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Update On Space Station Passes Tonight

The International Space Station / NASA A quick reminder for satellite watchers tonight and tomorrow night. Here are times for viewing Jules Verne and the International Space Station from the Duluth-Superior region. Weather looks good and tonight’s passes should be bright. The photos will help you visualize what you’ll be seeing. The ATV (Automated Transfer…
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All Eyes Peeled For Northern Lights

The sun today as seen from the SOHO spacecraft / SOHO-MDI There’s aurora in the air. Last night I saw two plumes of light low in the northern sky around 10 p.m. They gradually brightened and then slowly faded like breath evaporating from a window pane. All the while, a low auroral arc smouldered in the distant treetops. The…
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Space Station Fine And Bright!

Just caught the 9 p.m. pass of the International Space Station here from my front yard, and it was a brilliant one. Even through thin clouds, the ISS was brighter than nearby Sirius. The other satellite, Jules Verne, was dim. Clouds didn’t help either. Tomorrow night’s pass will be much higher and brighter.I hope you got to see them. If not, there’ll…
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Stellar Hex And The ISS, What’s Next?

I got home late last night after looking at Saturn, a dozen galaxies and a beautiful star cluster in my telescope from a dark place north of home. The house was quiet but a light was on in my older daughter’s room. "Dad, can you give me a back rub?" she asked after I’d removed my heavy coat and insulated pants.…
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