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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: An Old Neighbor and An Odd Moon

Illustrated horizon of the western sky showing locations of Mercury and Jupiter at 45 minutes to an hour after sunset
Bob King

If you happen to be up at 2am on Monday the 25th, don't be startled if the moon looks a little strange. And, no, you're not dreaming. What you're seeing is an eclipse. "This will be a deep penumbral eclipse," says Bob King. "The bottom half -or maybe even more than half - looks sort of dirty or shaded." If 2am is too late (or early), just wait until April 8th for the next solar eclipse.

Mercury is popping up in the western sky. Our friendly solar system neighbor is buddying up with Jupiter and can be seen shortly after sundown. Jupiter - as is typical - will be relatively easy to find. To spot Mercury, look near the horizon line below and to the right of Jupiter.

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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