Josh Wasniewski, a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, watches as a family enjoys views of Saturn through an 8-inch telescope in Duluth’s Canal Park on Lake Superior Friday night. At top center, you can see the moon with Mars just below it. Mars reached its closest opposition to Earth since 2003 last night. Bob King
I wonder how many millions of people looked up at the full moon last night and saw Mars. What a sight! Once the clouds parted here in Duluth, we were all talking about the big, orange star next to the big, bright moon. Members of the Arrowhead Astronomical Society and I set up telescopes for passers by near Duluth’s iconic Aerial Lift Bridge. Depending on when people happened to walk by, they got to see Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the moon fanned out from west to east across the sky.
People in the Duluth Ship Canal hadn’t quite noticed the full moon rising Friday evening. A few minutes later, it was obvious. Bob King
If you’re ever feeling under-appreciated, grab a telescope and show someone the planets. People who looked through the telescope expressed such gratitude, we all felt heartened and happy. Some ...