Astro Bob Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: Earth is in the "cosmic cross-hairs" By Lisa Johnson • Jan 14, 2020 NASA/JPL-Caltech You can worry about the planet Jupiter throwing "comets and asteroids toward Earth like a sniper," or you can worry about comets ("essentially asteroids that are heavy on the ice"). Or you can just kick back, appreciate the additional 27 minutes of daylight we've picked up since the solstice, and contemplate the "molecular and atomic filters that each block a certain range of wavelengths of light" and help us create such beautiful sunrise and sunset photographs. Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: get mooned this weekend By Lisa Johnson • Sep 10, 2019 ©Bob King. Used with permission. 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. Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: the best things you can't see this week - and stuff that explodes By Lisa Johnson • Jul 2, 2019 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, Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: if the earth were flat, space station would splat By Lisa Johnson • Jan 29, 2019 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. Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: nothin' I can say, total eclipse of the ... moon By Lisa Johnson • Jan 15, 2019 ©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: Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: welcome back, Bob! By Lisa Johnson • Jan 1, 2019 ©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! MN Reads: "Night Sky With the Naked Eye" by Bob King By Lisa Johnson • Nov 24, 2016 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.