Astro Bob

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Skywatchers all over the northland will be celebrating the night skies beginning Sunday, September 15 ...

It's a week of classes and star parties; you can check out Starry Skies Lake Superior's web site for more details.

M. Druckmüller / P. Aniol / K. Delcourte / P. Horálek / L. Calçada / ESO

Chances are you'll miss today's total eclipse of the sun unless you're in Argentina, but even if you can't see it in person, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the experience, virtually.

Plus lots of things you can see, 

It's a wide-ranging edition of Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy today: from the weather to the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon to the International Space Station -- with stops along the way at The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and how we know the earth is not flat.

©Bob King. Used with permission.

It's a moon.  It's a shadow. (Yup, now you'll have the Cat Stevens tune stuck in your head all day, too.)

But it's also 365 degrees of sunrises and sunsets, and that, friends, is pure poetry.

And, as promised, here's everything you wanted to know and more about what, where and how to watch the eclipse in our area:

©Bob King. Used with permission.

After a brief hiatus (twenty years or so) to do the newspaper thing, amateur astronomer Bob King returns to KUMD to talk about what we can see in the evening, overnight and morning skies this month - and even offer an astrophotography tip or two!

Bob King is a photographer by day in his job at the Duluth News Tribune, so perhaps it came as a bit of a surprise when he was head-hunted to write a book.