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Astro Bob

December 3, 2018
Bob King's newest book features the night sky's finest sights. Photo by Linda Hanson
Astro Bob hosts book signing in final week at News Tribune
December 3, 2018 - 1:40pm
April 15, 2018
Bob King's new book features the night sky's finest sights. Photo by Linda Hanson
Wonders of the Night Sky: New Astro Bob book sets bucket list
April 15, 2018 - 12:25pm
December 24, 2017
If you could be there, Kepler-90 and its planets might look a little like this artist’s rendering. NASA
Astro Bob: Artificial intelligence helps nail 8-planet solar system like our own
December 24, 2017 - 12:54am
July 30, 2017
Astro Bob: See what the August eclipse will look like ... from anywhere
July 30, 2017 - 4:42am
November 9, 2016
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Pressroom Podcast: Astro Bob pens first book about the Night Sky
November 9, 2016 - 12:26am
December 28, 2014
A photo taken Dec. 19 of sand dunes and rock outcrops around the Curiosity rover through the fisheye lens of one of its Hazard Avoidance Cameras. Colorized by the author. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Astro Bob: Who or what passed gas on Mars?
December 28, 2014 - 12:00am
December 21, 2014
A color photo of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko composed of three images taken by Rosetta’s scientific imaging system OSIRIS in the red, green and blue filters. The images were taken on Aug. 6 from a distance of 75 miles from the comet. (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA)
Astro Bob: Rosetta’s comet — colorful personality but gray as a foggy day
December 21, 2014 - 12:00am
December 14, 2014
This series of images reconstructs the geology of the region around Mars’ Mount Sharp, where NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is exploring. The images, taken on Earth, have been altered for the illustration of how sediments can accumulate in alternating dry periods and wet periods. A dry period is shown at left, wet at center and dry again at right. Over time, sediments accumulate and are piled higher on the crater floor through the action of water. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Astro Bob: Curiosity Rover discovers Gale Crater on Mars was once a massive lake
December 14, 2014 - 12:00am
December 7, 2014
The sun enters Ophiuchus today. A part of this large constellation lies between the traditional zodiac constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius. I’ve outlined its official border, set in 1930, in red. (Stellarium)
Astro Bob: Ophiuchian, the sign of the time
December 7, 2014 - 12:00am
November 16, 2014
Brilliant Jupiter rises in the northeastern sky about 11:30 p.m. in mid-November. You can’t miss it — the planet is brighter than any star in the sky. This map shows the sky facing east shortly before midnight. (Source: Stellarium)
Astro Bob: Guess who’s up before midnight? By Jove, it’s Jupiter!
November 16, 2014 - 12:00am
October 19, 2014
A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky in this photo taken in August. Like the Perseids, the Orionids and Taurids are regular showers that happen each year during the fall. (Credit: Reuters)
Astro Bob: Time for Halloween fireball treats
October 19, 2014 - 12:00am
October 6, 2014
Watch for a ruddy moon in Pisces the Fish during the total lunar eclipse, which happens Wednesday morning, Oct. 8. The moon’s color can range from dark brown to coppery red depending on the transparency of the Earth’s atmosphere. This map shows the view at the start of total eclipse as seen from the Midwest. (Source: Stellarium)
Astro Bob: One more chance to catch total lunar eclipse
October 6, 2014 - 10:00am
September 28, 2014
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Astro Bob: Vastness of space hard to comprehend
September 28, 2014 - 12:00am
September 21, 2014
Photo taken Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m. looking southwest. With Mars nearby, finding our featured star Dschubba is a snap. This week, Mars will pass directly above Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius the scorpion. A truck passed by during the 20-second exposure. (Bob King /
Astro Bob: Scorpius blazes red during visit from Mars
September 21, 2014 - 12:00am
September 14, 2014
The Milky Way galaxy is an outlier in an enormous, newly designated supercluster of galaxies dubbed Laniakea. The vast assemblage is about 500 million light years across and contains the mass of one quadrillion suns. The Local Supercluster, centered in Virgo, is a small part of the larger Laniakea. The looping lines represent galaxy flows toward large concentrations within the supercluster. (Credit: SDvision interactive visualization software by DP at CEA/Saclay, France; additions by Bob King)
Astro Bob: Milky Way settles into its new home: the Laniakea Supercluster
September 14, 2014 - 12:01am