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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 Valentine's Coupling in the Sky

The big dipper and other stars in the night sky over a horizon of trees
Bob King

The universe is constantly in motion. One proof of that; Ursa Major is currently balancing on its posterior. The Big Dipper has rotated in such a way that any water would be spilling all over the horizon. Whether you picture a bear or a ladle when viewing that constellation, things are a bit topsy-turvy.

Astronomers are currently on high alert for aurora. "There's a really monster sunspot group coming around the east side of the sun," says Bob King. Though unpredictable, the conditions for Northern Lights are primed for a good show in the near future.

And if you're looking for a bit of cosmic romance, look to the crescent moon on the night of February 14th to see the moon and Jupiter flirting. They'll be in near conjunction on Valentine's Day.

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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