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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: now could be the time to pop for that teloscope you've been eyeing

Copyright Bob King. Used with permission.

Mars will be as close as it gets to the earth this week.

And it won't get this close again until 2035.

And Bob King says it's really something you should see with a teloscope.

You can read more about Mars on Bob's blog here, and he's promising to share tips for telescope buying in the next few weeks.

And if you'd like to keep our Northland weather forecasts in perspective, you can keep tabs on Mars' weather here.  October 3, for example? Last Saturday? Mars had a daytime high of 12.5° F, and an overrnight low of  -141.7° F.  Not bad, when the average temperature for that date is -81.1° F !

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