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After a little break (of 25 years or so) Bob King is celebrating his retirement with a return to KUMD'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: the "Wright Brothers Moment" and a big Pink Moon

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NASA engineers got their "Wright Brothers moment" Monday when the solar-powered Ingenuity helicopter climbled straight up about ten feet, hovered, and dropped down again, the 40 second flight making history.  (You can see the video here: "NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight")

Not only did the little helicopter land safely back at what NASA has designated "Wright Brothers Field," it carries a piece of fabric from the Wright brother's first biplane.

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A composite image of 232 photos "stacked" to form the trails. Lyrid meteor shower 2013

Meanwhile, back on boring old Earth, we have the Lyrid meteor showers to look forward to Thursday morning around 3:00am...

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And April's full moon will be coming up pink on April 26. Yet another "super moon," this one will appear about 7% larger and 15% brighter than "regular" full moons.

As always, you can read more from Astro Bob at his blog Astro Bob or at Astro Bob: Celestial happenings you can see from your own back yard

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