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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: Solar Flares and Northern Lights

Scientific photo of the sun highlighting solar flares
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Astro Bob stopped by the studio today to talk about the cosmos. Despite the recent cloudy night skies there are a number of things to be excited about.

Large sun spots might be brewing up some significant solar flares that will aid in the likelihood of Northern Lights in the coming days. The particles take about a day and half to reach earth, thus giving observers time to prepare and predict.

For early risers, you'll have some morning company. "Mercury will be up," says King. "It will be facing... almost due east... almost an hour before the sun does."

Get a good look at Jupiter, too - it's as close to earth as it's going to get until 2129.

If that's not enough, this Sunday night the moon will be full. "The moon will rise for the Duluth area at 6:43pm," says King. "The sky's just starting to get dark, so the moon will make a nice bright presence at the horizon."

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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