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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: Parade of Planets

Star map of eastern horizon 75 minutes before dawn on June 29th; Jupiter, Mars, the moon, and Saturn in a diagonal line across the sky
Bob King

With clear nights on the docket, stargazers may well be in for a treat in the coming days due to the upcoming parade of planets.

On the morning of June 29th, the moon and planets (with the exception of Mars and Venus) will be lined up and on display in the pre-dawn sky. This summer parade can be best viewed around 4am this Saturday. To the upper-right of the moon, Saturn will be tilted in such a way that the rings will look like "a toothpick stuck through an olive," according to Bob King. And on the other side of the moon, Mars will be very bright due to Earth and Mars being on the same side of the sun.

Jupiter will be making an appearance near the northeastern horizon of Lake Superior. And if you have a telescope handy, Uranus and Neptune can also be spotted in this gathering in the cosmos.

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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