Bob King, a former News Tribune photographer with an eye to the sky, was quoted in Sunday's Merriam-Webster "Word of the Day" post.

The word, "titanic," used in context: "A supernova occurs when a massive star in the bright disk of the galaxy runs out of fuel at the end of its life. With no 'fire' in its belly to beat back gravity's inexorable pull, the star implodes and rebounds in a titanic explosion that rips it apart," was pulled from a piece King wrote for his Aug. 30, 2020, Astro Bob column, "Astronomers discover that Andromeda's halo touched the Milky Way."


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King, a photographer known for climbing and crawling his way to a great shot, retired from the News Tribune in December 2018 after 39 years but continues to regularly contribute astronomy columns to the News Tribune. He has also published books on the topic, including "Urban Legends from Space," "Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die" and "Night Sky with the Naked Eye."