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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 To-Do List for Clear Skies

Night sky with one meteor streaking downward
Paul Thomas [via Flickr]

There's plenty going on in the cosmos this week, but will we be able to see any of it?
If the clouds part over the coming days, keep your eyes open for the following:

-Venus will be in bloom at dusk. "Venus right now is a beautiful night flower," says Bob King. Keep your eyes to the west. The planet becomes visible even before sundown.

-Thursday, April 20th, is your chance to see a very young moon - just 21 hours old. "The best time to view it," says King, "8:20 until about 8:50." The thin nature of the moon will make it appear segmented due to shadows of craters.

-A total eclipse of the sun will be happening in the southern hemisphere. For us, the best way to view it is online. It starts at 8:30pm on Wednesday the 19th.

-Early on Sunday morning (the 23rd) the Lyrid meteor shower will be on display, with the help of a moonless sky. "Get that lawn chair out," says King. Face the south and you'll likely see something every few minutes.

-Lastly, Friday and Saturday night might have the possibility of Northern Lights.

All of this is happening overhead. Let's hope we have the opportunity to get a glimpse.

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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