Bob King has enjoyed the night sky and astronomy since childhood He grew up in Illinois and received a teaching degree in German from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. After graduating, he worked as a photographer at the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette before moving to Duluth to work as a photographer and photo editor at the News Tribune. He retired from the paper in 2018 after 39 years.
Bob writes a regular astronomy blog called Astro Bob as well as articles for the online astronomy websites Sky & Telescope and Universe Today. He’s taught community education astronomy classes at the UMD planetarium for many years. His books “Night Sky with the Naked Eye” and “Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die” describe the joys of observing the stars. Bob’s third book, “Urban Legends from Space,” which publishes this fall, examines science vs. pseudoscience in astronomy.
He lives in Duluth with his wife Linda and has two children, Katie and Maria.