NATURE REPORT

This week’s report is brought to you buy Jerry, Earl, Kathy and the members of the Minnesota Astronomical Society attending Northern Nights Star Fest at Long Lake.

BIRDS. BEES. STARS.

Terrestrial sightings included deer, Garter Snakes, Leopard Frogs, a chipmunk, mosquitos, Carolina Grasshoppers, Pileated Woodpeckers, Pitcher Plants still in bloom and a Monarch butterfly that landed on the tripod of a telescope and started to form a cocoon. Lots of birds are migrating through on their ways south. The Loon family was spotted and the chick is getting bigger. Kingfisher, Sandpipers, Sandhill Cranes, Wilson’s, Black and White, and Nashville Warblers, Wood Pewees, Broad-Winged Hawk and Brown Creepers were also observed. Great Horned Owls and Barred Owls were heard at night, but not seen. Bumble Bee surveyor for Atlas at the U of M spotted Tri-Colored (and queens), Two-Spotted, ½ Black (and queen),

Common Eastern, Brown Belted (and queen) and Borreal bees feasting primarily on the remain Bee Balm and Goldenrod flowers.

Extraterrestrial sightings were also plentiful. In our solar system, Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the early evening and Mars closer to morning. Moving a little farther out, Light and Dark Nebula are clear and fun to look at. Looking into other solar systems, Sagittarius was observed as well as a cluster of five solar systems called Stephen’s Quintet. M13 is in Hercules and M31 is in Andromeda. Various very distinct and bright meteors were also observed.

It’s a great time to be outside. Look down and around you, but don’t forget to look up. There is a lot of see in the heavens!

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