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If you're a fan of the Duluth News Tribune photo department's weekly Sunday "Blink" feature, this is its reincarnation. We've moved it from Sunday to every other Friday Weekend cover because of changes in the layout of the newspaper. This new location also gives the photographers more space to tell their story in multiple pictures, something we hope you'll enjoy.
Man, it can get cold on the moon. With virtually no air to speak of and a night that lasts just shy of two weeks, the surface temperature drops to around 275° below zero. How the heck are future astronauts going to keep warm in those temps? Read post here .
I started my day in orbit around Mars and can't wait for you to join me. Just click the link to begin an eye-opening overflight of the Red Planet. We'll also drop in on comet 41P, now visible in binoculars! Read post here .
I really, truly heard my first robin today, the first day of spring. The lilting, see-saw song made me stop in my tracks; I just listened, soaking in the melody of the new season. Read post here .
I've had a love affair with light on powerlines for a long time. When the angle's just right, they remind me of lacy spider webs. Several days ago, while stopping to pick up groceries, the sun hit the wires just right along St. Marie Street between Woodland Avenue and the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. I had my camera and the right lens, so I quickly parked the car and ran down to the sidewalk to grab a shot of the scene before the light faded.
Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak should become bright enough this coming week to see in 10x50 binoculars as it hurries across the Big Dipper. Later this month, it makes its closest approach to Earth in more than a century. Here's how to find it. Read post here .
We've been playing with fire for a long time. Back in the 1950s and early 1960s the U.S. routinely conducted above ground and atmospheric testing of nuclear devices. Click the link to view newly declassified videos of hell on Earth. Read post here .
Imagine living on a planet that whipped around its host sun once every 28 minutes. The sun would rise at say, 6 a.m., set about 14 minutes later and then rise again after another 14 minutes. Days would make you dizzy! Astronomers recently found a little star ripping around a black hole twice every hour! Read post here .
The IAU has cleared the way for some of our favorite sci-fi characters to populate Pluto and its moon Charon. Read post here .
After a busy weekend watching moonrises a guy needs a break. Today we catch our breath, rant a little about daylight saving time and then prepare for an exciting moon-star-planet conjunction and the return of Mercury on Tuesday. Read post here .