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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: A chance to witness an asteroid pass nearby next week

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Despite the density suggested by this illustration, asteroids in the Asteroid Belt are actually very distant from each other.

Astronomer Bob King reminds Venus will soon become more visible in the morning sky after it makes its pass in front of the sun.

Also, next Monday and Tuesday, asteroid 1994 PC1 will pass by the earth roughly 1,231,000 miles (0.01324 AU) away. That is a distance about 5 times further away than the moon. (Rest assured that even though this is relatively close it is not an imminent threat to our planet!) Only 1.1 km in diameter, it will not be visible with the naked eye or even binoculars. But with the aid of a small telescope – and clear skies – it will not only be visible, but its movement across the sky will be perceptible as well.

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.
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