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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 Fireball Over Berlin

A fireball of light moving down across the frame against a night sky over the edge of a house roof

Cloud cover has been a menace to astronomers lately. "We've been trying for three weeks," says Bob King, "to bring our telescopes out to show a Girl Scouts group the night sky." Alas, the clouds continue to linger today, but if the skies clear, there will be plenty to see after dark.

The Full Wolf Moon will be a bright spot amid the dark January nights this Thursday, the 25th. If you're looking for more of a morning event, this Saturday, Mercury and Mars will be crossing paths about 40 minutes before sunrise in the southeastern sky.

And some big international news... a Hungarian astronomer spotted an asteroid that was on course to collide with Earth's atmosphere about 3 hours after its discovery. NASA astronomers crunched the numbers and predicted that it would be visible over Berlin, Germany. The video of the fireball was captured by a man out walking his dog.

For the sake of the scouts and stargazers alike, hope for clear skies.

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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