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After a little break (of 25 years or so) Bob King is celebrating his retirement with a return to The North 103.3's airwaves!After almost 40 years with the Duluth News Tribune, Bob is now retired. But scratch a print guy and you'll find a radio guy; King and then-UMD Planetarium Director Glen Langhorst hosted Startalk on KUMD for several years in the early '90s.Listen for Astro Bob every other Tuesday at 8am on Northland Morning.

Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: shaking the beach towel of the galaxy

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Betelgeuse will show up tonight, and unlike the similarly-named poltergeist, you don't even have to say its name three times.

AstroBob will have some helpful tips for red-giant-spotting on his blog, and you can read about scientists' concerns that "Betelgeuse is acting strange" here.

The Milky Way is bent out of shape, apparently: you can read an article about it here and take a look at the actual findings here.

Meanwhile, the first meteor shower of the year is conveniently timed for 3:00am Saturday morning, January 4.

You can read more about the quantrantid meteor shower here, and learn about "demoted constellation" Quandrans Muralis here.

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