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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: Forecasting the Northern Lights

 Detailed, close-up image of the sun
Dmitry Podolsky [via Flickr]

Check your sources.

Rumors are flying regarding the Northern Lights being visible and spectacular through much of the northern US in the coming days. "Apparently there's been some reporting where someone used a forecast from the University of Alaska Fairbanks," says Bob King who, upon hearing the news, referred to the Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado. "They had a much more conservative view... in their forecast virtually nothing will happen."

So, maybe no Northern Lights. But there are still plenty of objects to spot in the skies.

Throughout July, the International Space Station will be making passes overhead. For the most accurate times to spot the ISS, you can check the Heavens Above website or the Spot the Station website. And the planets will be dancing about as well. Jupiter is coupling up with the crescent moon as of late, and on July 18th Venus and Mercury will take their turn with the moon about a half hour after sunset.

You can hear Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy every other Tuesday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

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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