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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: Celestial Objects Buddying Up

Mars and Winter Hexagon

With so many objects floating around in the cosmos, pathways are bound to cross and celestial sights are likely to pair up - at least from our perspective here on Earth.

Jupiter and Venus will be slowly moving closer to each other over the coming days. Both can be spotted in the western sky just after 6pm. Venus will be the brighter of the two and closer to the horizon.

Jupiter and Venus in the western sky over a snow covered landscape
Bob King

And Comet ZTF (or "Ziggy" as some have grown to call it) will be dancing around Mars. On Friday night, with the aid of binoculars, the comet can be seen up and to the left of the red planet. On Saturday, the comet will be to the planet's lower left.

And the Curiosity Rover found a friend, too. On Mars, the Curiosity discovered a foot-long meteorite. "It's covered in coco brown Martian dust," says Bob King. "They've already named it... Cacao." The main ingredient in chocolate is the namesake of this new find.

Grab a buddy, hope for clear skies, and enjoy the starry nights.

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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