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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: "Venus and Mars Are Alright… [tomorrow morning]"

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Tomorrow morning (February 21) at about 6:20-6:30 am, just before sunrise, look to the southeastern horizon and hopefully you will be able to see a very close conjunction of Venus and Mars. Mars will appear just below Venus close to the horizon. A pair of binoculars will help; Mars is far enough away that it will be smaller and harder to see without aid. You may also be able to see it on Thursday morning (February 22), though Mars will have shifted a bit.

The full moon in February is sometimes called the "Snow Moon," and that will be rising on the evening of February 24. For those in the Duluth area, Astro Bob recommends heading down to the North Shore of Lake Superior to get a good view as it appears on the horizon over the water.

Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, will be in view for the next few months in the evening after sunset. If you make a line from Orion's Belt down to the lower left toward the horizon, Sirius will be about 4-5 "belt lengths" from Orion. If you catch it lower on the horizon, its twinkling can show a variety of different colors as its light is refracted through the atmosphere.

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.
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