Declassified: The True Tale of Project Orion.
Artist's conception of an Orion vessel about to depart from Mars orbit. (Credit: NASA). Ever wondered if man will ever head to the stars? Certainly, the magnitude… [more]
Astro-Challenge: Daytime Planet Spotting!
A daytime Venus post-occultation in 2007! (Photo by Author). Here’s a fine neighborhood experiment to try. Next time the Moon is around 1st or Last Quarter, show… [more]
Astro-Event: What’s in a Name? Black & Blue Moons through 2020.
The August 2011 Full Moon rising as seen from Astroguyz HQ. (Photo by Author). (Note: This week’s lunar-related event is a fitting tribute to the life of astronaut… [more]
30.10.2012: A Weekend of Apocalyptic Fun at the NecronomiCon!
How many Baktuns in a Pectun again? (Credit: Stone Hill.org). The “busy ‘Con season” for Astroguyz has arrived. Sure, it may have came and went with only one event,… [more]
Week 4-The Quest for Dark Skies: Into the Appalachians.
A very slender Moon... (All photos by Author). The mountains always beckon. In the end, all astronomers must heed the call of dark, pristine skies and head into… [more]
The Top Astronomy Events for 2013.
It has arrived. Welcome to our official guide to the fascinating, the unique, and the down right bizarre in the realm of astronomy coming to a sky near you in 2013.… [more]
On sale December 10th! The West just gets weirder and weirder… This week, we’re taking a look at a Wild West tale that never was, with The Doctor and the Dinosaurs by Mike Resnick, out this month from Pyr Books. This is tale represents book four in Resnick’s alt-history steampunk universe. Fans of the saga [...]
Contemplating the universe from Westgate River Ranch. (All photos by author). Florida isn’t the first place most people think of when it comes to astronomy. As part of the southern tip of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, the Sunshine State has two big strikes against it when it comes to deep sky observing; light pollution and [...]
Gemini 7 as seen from Gemini 6. Credit: NASA. Here’s a challenge for you. Next time you’re wondering if you’ve got the “right stuff,” go out and sit in your car in the driveway. The smaller the vehicle, the better. Take a friend along, and pack lots of snacks, as you’ll be there for about… [...]
On sale now! What’s the ‘next big thing’ in particle physics? In early July 2012, the announcement came out of Geneva Switzerland that the Higgs boson, a.k.a. the “God Particle” had been caught in the act by researchers working at the Large Hadron Collider.
To the stars through teaching! A student engineering team has a unique solution to a problem that plagues satellites in low Earth orbit. Along with the larger pieces of space debris that NORAD tracks are the smaller pieces of hardware and material that we don’t know about, zipping along through space. These can include debris [...]
On sale now! What do Christmas and science fiction have in common? Not much, or it may seem at least not as much as say, much more science fiction-oriented holidays, such as Halloween. Ah, but that’s where this week’s review is out to prove you wrong. This week, we’re taking a look at A Cosmic [...]
Launch! A Minotaur 1 rocket lights up the sky over Wallops. A Minotaur 1 rocket is about to light up the night sky tonight, and millions of viewers up and down the U.S. Eastern Seaboard will get to watch the show. The launch is set to occur at 7:30 PM EST/00:30 UT from Wallops Island, [...]
The pre-holiday movie season has begun. As we approach the cusp of the holiday season, several fine science fiction offerings are already in theatres. We were duly impressed with Thor 2, and glad to finally see Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic Ender’s Game at last get its big screen due. Heck, we even enjoyed the [...]
On sale now! Robotic space exploration has finally come of age. Recent successes, such as the pioneering landing via sky crane of the Mars Rover Curiosity by NASA have demonstrated a capability to triumph after a hard-won history often marked by failure. This week’s review titled Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned [...]
A Stellar Show! Interested in space? One of the great things we love about the modern Web-based world is the way that we can streamline our information flow. Back in the “olden days” (i.e., just over a decade ago), we were all forced to sit through a mind-numbing drone of sports and entertainment stories masquerading [...]
On sale now! Why read old scifi? We’ve often heard this question kicked around in the darkened corners of science fiction conventions and on ye’ ole cyber webs. Hey, it’s true that we now live in an age where such red-letter sci-fi dates as 2001 and 1984 have come and gone… and even The Terminator’s [...]
Eclipse-Rise+VAB. (Photo by author). Yesterday, we told the tale of our adventures in eclipse-chasing along the Florida Space Coast. The morning of Sunday, November 3rd 2013 found us on the Parrish Park causeway outside of Titusville, Florida shooting a frame of the eclipse every few seconds. We were fortunate that we had only a low [...]
Eclipse-Sign! (Photos by Author). It started with a tweet. Towards the end of 2012, our thoughts turned, as they always do in the month of December, toward the top 100 astronomical events of the coming year. Eclipses always make this compilation, and we duly noted that totality for 2013 would only occur during the brief [...]
On sale now! This year marks the 75th anniversary of the birth of the first superhero, way back in Action Comics #1. And although the Man of Steel started the modern genre of super-powered crime fighters in tights, much of his legend has evolved, as each generation claims Supes as their own. And this week’s [...]
The Sun unleashes an X-Class flare on October 28th, 2003 as seen in UV. (Credit: NASA/SOHO). Our nearest star gave us a scare a decade ago this week. Back in 2003, none of us knew what Facebook or YouTube was, and most of us were still using ye’ ole message boards and chat rooms to [...]
On sale now! A strange dichotomy exists between Halloween and Christmas. Not only to the two holidays have their roots in pre-Christian celebrations— Hallows Eve marks an approaching cross quarter day, and Christmas stakes out the Winter Solstice —but both seem to strike a primal chord of fear and hope. And as stories such as [...]
NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, one of several instruments that flew aboard Chandrayaan-1. (Credit: NASA/JPL). Five years ago on this day, India reached for the Moon with the launch of Chandrayaan-1. The PSLV-XL rocket lifted off from Satish Dhawan space center at 00:52 Universal Time, and reached an orbit around the Moon 18 days later. This [...]
The armillary sphere logo for Necronomicon 2013! (Credit: Stone Hill.org) October for us means cooler climes, Halloween, pumpkin beer, and the “busy ‘Con season,” by way of the Tampa Bay NecronomiCon. Now in its 32nd year, this was our 3rd “Necro” event as fans from all over Florida and beyond gathered to celebrate all things [...]
On sale now! It’s tough finding a good dark sky site these days. I was fortunate to grow up in northern Maine’s Aroostook County, which boasted nearly pristine dark skies back in the 1970s. And when we camped out at Third Lake- a pond so remote that fighter jets from Loring Air Force base buzzed [...]
Beta Capricorni (arrowed, click to enlarge) moments before it was occulted by the Moon on October 12th, 2013. (Photo by Author). After a rainy Florida summer, our astronomical fortunes finally changed this past weekend. Two fine bright star occultations graced our skies on Friday night and Saturday evening. These are always fun “now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t” [...]
October is our favorite month of the year. Not only is it largely free of snow, bugs and sweltering heat, but it also includes the closest thing that science fiction has to a holiday, Halloween. Hey, it’s great to see suburbanites carve out totems from vegetables, honoring a dimly remembered cross-quarter pagan holiday. Halloween sees [...]
On sale now! Danger and mystery lurks under the sands of ancient Egypt. This week, we take a look at The Osiris Curse, A Tweed and Nightingale Adventure by author Paul Crilley out from Pyr Books. Fans of this space will recall our review of book one in this steampunk young adult saga The Lazarus [...]
Near Earth Asteroid 433 Eros as seen from the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft in 2001. (Credit: NASA). It isn’t often that cosmic catastrophe makes its way into mainstream news media headlines. The danger posed by Near Earth Objects (NEOs) is a real one, and one we just might be able to do something about, given enough [...]
On sale now! Beware: there’s always a bigger multi-generational starship than yours out there in the universe. This month, Ruby is back in The Diamond Deep by Brenda Cooper out from Pyr Books, the second book in the interstellar saga known as Ruby’s Song. Fans of this space will remember our review of book one [...]
Astronaut Chris Cassidy snaps a pic during a recent spacewalk. (Credit: NASA). ‘Tis both the best of times & the worst of times for our noble national space agency. On this day way back in 1958, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) became known as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA. Over [...]
Available for pre-order now! Escaping from an embattled London has never been tougher. This week, we take a look at a near-future apocalyptic landscape with our review of Contagion: Toxic City Book Three by Tim Lebbon out next month from Pyr Books. Fans of this space will remember our action-packed reviews of London Eye: Toxic [...]
Expedition 37/38 crew ready for launch! (Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov). The human population in space is about to increase by three this week with the launch of a Soyuz-FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday night at 20:58 Universal Time/4:58PM Eastern Time. This launch will put Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kotov & Sergei Ryazansky and NASA astronaut [...]
On sale now! The circle is now almost complete. Over the past few months, we’ve immersed ourselves in the worlds of science fiction author A. Bertram Chandler and his chief protagonist John Grimes. Followers of this space will remember our recent action-packed reviews of A. Bertram Chandler’s Galactic Courier and his outstanding saga First Command. [...]
An artist’s concept of asteroid capture. (Credit: NASA). We never miss a chance to catch the fascinating series of talks posted weekly on YouTube via the SETI Institute. Beyond just aliens, these thought expanding seminars cover the length and breadth of space science. Often, the talks are highly technical, but we almost always grab something [...]
On sale now! Thank Newton for orbital mechanics. This week, we’ll take a look at the masterpiece that started all with Magnificent Principia by Colin Pask out from Prometheus Books. Sir Isaac published his Philosphiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica on July 5th, 1687. And although every high school physics student is (or hopefully, should be) familiar [...]
The Luna 2 Impactor. (Credit: NASA). The late 1950s was a heady time of firsts in space for the Soviet Union. 54 years ago today on September 12th 1959, Mother Russia achieved another first with the launch of Luna 2. The 860 lb satellite lifted off at 06:39:42 Universal Time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to [...]
The month of September sees the balancing of light and darkness achieving an uneasy truce with the arrival of the Fall Equinox (I know, I know, Spring for the southern hemisphere), which on this year of our Lord 2013 A.D. arrives on September 22nd at 4:44 PM Eastern Daylight Saving time or 20:44 Universal Time.
On sale now! Historical “What If’s?” often make for great fiction. What if the South had won Gettysburg? Or if the U.S. had never entered World War I? Or Roosevelt never built the bomb at Einstein’s urging? These are just some alternate histories that are intriguing to consider. Or are we in fact living in [...]
LADEE at Wallops, ready to go! (Credit: NASA EDGE/Franklin Fitzgerald) On Friday night at just before midnight, history will be made as NASA returns to the Moon with the launch of LADEE, its Lunar Atmosphere & Dust Environment Explorer. Liftoff is set to occur at 11:27PM Eastern Time/ 3:27 Universal Time on September 7th. LADEE [...]
A fragment of the Zagami meteorite! It’s a long journey, from the shores of the Florida Space Coast to the surface of Mars. This past week, we made the journey from Astroguyz HQ in Florida to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASC) to attend the New Media Workshop in Boulder, Colorado for the [...]
On sale now! Don’t mess with Cassandra Kresnov. Next week, everyone’s favorite techno-android assassin is back in a fast-paced science fiction thriller that’s sure to impress. In 23 Years On Fire by Joel Shepherd out in early September from Pyr Books, we are hurled along with Cassandra and crew into a military technological juggernaut [...]
Totality as seen from Libya during the 2006 Total Solar Eclipse. (Credit: NASA TV). An interesting Indiegogo project came to our attention just last week. ISSET, the International Space School Educational Trust, is working to document and create a live interactive web broadcast of the only solar eclipse to include totality for 2013. They will [...]