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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: Out of Sight!

Image noting the locations of Mercury, Venus, and the Earth's crescent moon on December 24th at roughly 5pm
Venus returns at dusk later this month. Look for it about a half hour after sunset very low in the southwestern sky. Binoculars will help. On Dec. 24 the young crescent moon and Mercury will join the planet in a pretty trio.

The Geminids meteor shower will be at its peak tonight. At its height, over 100 meteors will be stemming from the Gemini constellation and blitzing across the sky every hour. This prospect would be much more appealing if not for the cloudy forecast. For our region of the world, the trail of meteors will be completely out of sight. “It's going to be completely blanketed,” says Bob King. "The good news is we cut through that trail every December 13th and 14th. We'll see them next year."

Our sun is also out of sight more often than not as of late. In a week and a half, the northern hemisphere will experience the shortest day of the year. "Daylight for Duluth is 8 hours and 33 minutes," says King of December 21st.

And one heavenly body that has been out of sight for a few months is making a return. Venus will be peeking over the horizon in the coming weeks. Look for it on Christmas Eve just to the right of a young crescent moon.

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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