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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 Comet on a Tilted Plane

Star map showing the path of 12P/Pons-Brooks comet
Bob King

Get out the binoculars, there's a comet currently in view that won't be back for over seventy years.

If you can get a few miles out of the range of city lights and get a good view of the western sky, you'll have a chance to see Comet 12P. "It's located very low in the western sky," says Bob King. The comet can be seen in the constellation Andrameda. Due to its location millions of miles away, the comet will look something like a "blob of fuzz."

Comet 12P takes an irregular route around our solar system. The path takes the comet fairly close to the sun and as far away as Neptune. The route is also not on the same plane as the planets. "The comet is tipped steeply," says King. "We have to look out of the plane and up into Andromeda."

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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