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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: Comet NEOWISE and Super-Earths in the "Goldilocks Zone"

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Who needs fireworks when you have a Fourth of July penumbral eclipse to look forward to?

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NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft discovered a comet back in March - and named it after itself.

And researchers have discovered a pair of so-called "Super-Earths" in the "Goldilocks Zone." Super-Earths are bigger than Earth but smaller than Uranus and Neptune, and the "Goldilocks Zone" (also called the "habitable zone") refers to a location where liquid water could concievable exist on a planet's surface.

Perhaps they should have taken a page from NEOWISE's book, though: the Super-Earths, which orbit the nearby star Gliese 887, have been named Gliese 887b and Gliese 887c - hardly names to write home about even from a Super-Earth.

You can find more information on these stories and more at Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy.

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