October 20, 2017

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]

Declassified: The True Tale of Project Orion. Declassified: The True Tale of Project Orion.

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-Challenge: Daytime Planet Spotting! Astro-Challenge: Daytime Planet Spotting!

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]

Astro-Event: What’s in a Name? Black & Blue Moons through 2020. Astro-Event: What’s in a Name? Black & Blue Moons through 2020.

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]

30.10.2012: A Weekend of Apocalyptic Fun at the NecronomiCon! 30.10.2012: A Weekend of Apocalyptic Fun at the NecronomiCon!

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]

Week 4-The Quest for Dark Skies: Into the Appalachians. Week 4-The Quest for Dark Skies: Into the Appalachians.

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]

The Top Astronomy Events for 2013.   The Top Astronomy Events for 2013.

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Reader Feedback, New Changes and More

Observing ‘scopes are happy scopes… (photo by the author). You responded, and we listened. Well, maybe complained is more the term. But after a short bit of consideration, we did indeed implement a few changes that we felt were warranted. Anyhow, if you’ve read this far, you’re not a spam-spewing robot, and maybe while you [...]

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Review: Masterminds by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

On sale now… Never let it be said that we don’t get around to each and every review book sent to us… eventually. Such is the case with this week’s featured review, Masterminds by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, out from WMG Publishing. A Retrieval Artist novel and the final climatic installment of the Anniversary Day saga, [...]

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Life Lessons From the Classic Strategy Game RISK

Prepare for battle… Credit: Risk/Hasbro/SMG Studio Leave it to technology, to bring back an old friend in a new way. We’ve recently joined the realm of the online gaming community, about a decade plus behind the rest of the world. I know, we finally got tired of having our computer beat us at chess. Anyhow, [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week – Howling at Totality

Our grim view, moments before totality. “Screams break the silence…” So, where were YOU last Monday? If you were like us, you made the pilgrimage to stand in the path of the total solar eclipse. We’ll admit, we — like many viewers east of the Mississippi River — battled touch and go views of the [...]

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Astro Video of the Week: Making a Binocular Solar Filter

From eclipse glasses to binocular solar filter… Scrambling to prepare for the Great American Eclipse at the last minute? This final Friday before the August 21st 2017 total solar eclipse, we thought we’d share with you a fun and easy project. Lots of folks across North America just recently got their hands on a pair [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Hunting for the Oldest Eclipse

Totality from the 1914 eclipse over Sweden. (Credit: N. Nordenstrom) An astronomical mystery came our way this past week. If you’re like us, you’re gearing up to meet the shadow of the Moon in just 10 short days. While interest in the August 21st, 2017 total solar eclipse crossing the United States runs high, we [...]

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Ghosts of Eclipses Past

Trouvelot’s classic view of the 1878 eclipse over Wyoming. Image in the Public Domain. Are you ready? There’s a great line from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on the Three Stages of Sophistication which every civilization must pass: “1. How can we eat? 2. Why do we eat? And 3. Where shall we [...]

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Astro Video of the Week: NASA Opens the Archives

What a fun circus ride… Ever wonder what sort of secrets NASA is REALLY sitting on? We got an early birthday surprise early this past week, when the Armstrong Flight Research Center (formerly the Dryden Space Center) released hundreds of old videos on YouTube, some of these have existed around the web on various sites, [...]

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Review: The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside

On sale for pre-order now! Quick: who was the father of modern electrical theory? Talk about the early age of electricity and names such as Thomas Edison, James Maxwell and Nikola Tesla come to mind… all of these pioneers deserve their due, sure, but chances are, you have never heard of Oliver Heaviside. The Forgotten Genius [...]

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Review: No Humans Allowed

On sale now! “Your droids,” says the unnamed bartender in a famous sci-fi flick, “they’ll have to wait outside.” Perhaps, cyber-discrimination is a pressing social issue in a “galaxy, far, far away…” But what if those protagonists ever manage to turn in table on humanity?

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Astro Video of the Week: White Dwarf, Brown Dwarf

+19th magnitude white dwarf WD 1202-024. (SDSS) Wanna see a wacky planetary system? A recent discovery by MIT, Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Bishop’s University researchers was announced at the 200th AAS meeting in Austin, Texas and made the news rounds last week, but I don’t think folks really got a good grasp on just [...]

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Catch a SpaceX Launch from the Space Coast this Weekend

Liftoff for BulgariaSat-1. Credit: SpaceX Ready for some Fourth of July fireworks? Elon Musk’s SpaceX has really been racking ‘em up recently, with two launches from either coast last weekend, one each from Vandenberg AFB in California and another from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center with BulgariaSat-1. It’s almost starting to seem routine now. And we’ve [...]

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Review: Being in the Shadow by Dr. Kate Russo

On sale now! Headed to the August 21st total solar eclipse? You could do well to listen to those who have stood in the shadow of the Moon before. Like many other umbraphiles (those who chase after eclipses), we’ll be headed northward to greet the Moon’s shadow two short lunations from now as it races [...]

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Video: Catch a Spectacular Launch From Wallops

A rocket at the ready. (NASA/Wallops). Live on the mid-U.S. Eastern Seaboard? Wanna see a rocket launch? We’ve go one for you, coming live from NASA’s Wallops flight facility tonight. We’ve actually been chasing this one for about a week now and conditions need to be just right for it to happen. We’re talking about [...]

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Review: Wilders by Brenda Cooper

On sale now! What’s it like to live in a technological bubble? We recently finished one of the best science fiction books we’ve read thus far this year, and wanted to share it with you in time to make your summer reading list. We’re talking about Wilders: Project Earth Book One by Brenda Cooper, out [...]

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Observations: On the Beach

On the Beach… (photo by author) Astronomy isn’t the first thing you think of when you consider spending the day at the beach. We recently moved our Astroguyz mobile HQ to Pass-a-Grille Beach, a small community in Saint Petersburg, Florida. A small spit of land jutting out into the Gulf of Mexico, Historic Pass-a-Grille has [...]

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Rocket Lab USA’s Electron Rocket Lights Up New Zealand Skies

The inaugural flight of the Electron Rocket. Credit: Rocket Lab USA There’s a new player in the space launch business in town. No, we’re not talking about SpaceX, or even Blue Origin or Orbital Sciences or the numerous myriad of other private start-ups hoping to make it into space. We’re talking about Rocket Labs USA, [...]

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Review Starbase Human by Kristine Katheryn Rusch

On sale now! What would you do with a Clone Army? Long the dream of many a would be supervillain, just such a possibility is the central plot in this week’s science fiction review. We’re talking about Starbase: Human, book seven in the Anniversary Day saga by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, out in May 2015 by [...]

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U.S. Postal Service to Issue Changeling Total Solar Eclipse Stamps

A mind-bending stamp. Credit: USPS. Ready for the Great American Eclipse? If you’re like us, you’ve been planning on where you’ll be meeting totality on August 21st, 2017 for going on a decade now. It’s the big ticket celestial show of 2017 for sure, maybe the decade (we’re assuming, of course, that a killer comet [...]

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May 5th: Revenge of the Sith

A Sith Lord (?) at the eyepiece. So, did you survive May the 4th? Yeah, much like Talk Like a Pirate Day, “May the 4th Be With You” is now on its way to crass commercialization. And while there are nerdier days out there to celebrate such as Pi Day (March 14th) or Towel Day [...]

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Astro-Vid of the Week: Watch the Launch of NROL-76

A successful static fire test on Tuesday. Credit: Space X Ready for a Sunday morning rocket launch? We’ve got ‘em, as SpaceX is set to round out the month of April with the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center with NROL-76 for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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Review: Quantum Fuzz

On sale now! Feeling lost in the world of quantum physics? It has been said that only a few human brains on the planet truly understand the bizarre world on the quantum scale. It is true that it involves a fair amount of “mathiness” to even grasp much more than the basic predictions of quantum [...]

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Review: Nebula Awards Showcase 2017

On pre-order sale now (release date: May 16th, 2017) Note: the 2017 Nebula Awards ceremony is held this year on May 20th in Pittsburgh, PA. What’s up in sci-fi? Every year, all of science fiction-dom holds their collective breath for that most prestigious of Awards: the Nebulas. Along with the Hugo Awards, the Nebulas (Nebulae?) [...]

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Faint Fuzzies: Tales of Comet Tails

Avast: a great daytime comet. Photo by author; from the Greenwich Observatory collection. Turns out, finding fuzzballs isn’t easy. If you’re like us, you’ve been spending many a morning hunting for two faint periodic comets: 45P/Honda-Markov-Padušáková and 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresŕk. Yes, they’re both making close passes in 2017 as many a website have exclaimed, but they’re also [...]

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Astro-Vid of the Week: An Amazing Grazing Occultation

Going, going… Credit Stellarium What a difference a few 100 meters can make. On the night of March 5th, 2017, the waxing crescent Moon occulted the bright star Aldebaran. This event was well placed for North American viewers… heck, it even occurred over the weekend on a Saturday night, to boot. We even managed to [...]

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Astro-Vid of the Week: Nuclear Test Films Made Public

Operation Teapot. Credit: LLNL It was the worst of times. If you’re over 40, you remember the good old/bad old days of the Cold War as a kid, and the sort of inevitable feeling that the world would end in a nuclear cataclysm. And though that existential threat still exists, the fear of the Evil [...]

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Review: Spear of Light by Brenda Cooper

On sale now! Get set for a romp into a trans-humanist future of epic proportions. We’re talking about this week’s review of Spear of Light by Brenda Cooper, out now from Pyr Books. The sequel to Edge of Dark and the second book in her Glittering Edge duology. Spear of Light brings the battle between [...]

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Astro-Vid of the Week: The First Airborne Observatory

Keck revisits the rings of Uranus. Credit: NASA/JPL I still remember the announcement, 40 years ago today. Of course, news flowed lots slower in those days, so my eight year old self caught it days later, on one of those news shorts they would run between Saturday morning cartoons. Uranus, it turned out, has a [...]

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Humanity Was Here

Under ceaseless skies… Photo by author. Astronomy forces us to think big. And not just big in terms of gazillions of miles of distance, but also in terms of time. The stars in the Milky Way galaxy, for example, are swirling around the galactic core to the tune of one orbit every quarter of a [...]

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Review: Starlight Nights by Leslie Peltier

An astronomy classic! Did you know that there are oodles of books out on the web for free? And no, we’re not talking about Amazon Prime, but sites such as Project Gutenberg where stuff that’s long since been in the public domain is free to download as a pdf for off-line perusal on ye ole [...]

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Watch the Launch of SpaceX’s Dragon on CRS10 Live

Enter the Dragon… Credit: NASA Ready to catch a space launch? Don’t happen to live on the Florida Space Coast? We’ve got a shot coming right up tomorrow morning, with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket departing from the Kennedy Space Center tomorrow, February 18th with CRS-10 at 15:01 Universal Time (UT)/10:01 AM EST. That’s not [...]

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Review: True Genius by Joel Shurkin

On sale now! Chances are, you’ve never heard of one of the great minds of the 20th century. Physicist Richard Garwin was behind some of the major turning points of the past half century, though we’ll have to admit, we’d never heard of him, either. 88 years old now, Garwin was not only at the [...]

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In For the Long Haul, Fixing the Future

In our natural habitat. So, how are YOU holding up? Today marks two weeks since the inauguration/coronation of El Presidente, and like many, it’s tough to keep the old nose to the grindstone and focus on writing. This isn’t the usual distraction of kids/TV/yard guys around the house that’s easily shut out with ear defenders [...]

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Doomsday Clock Announcement Set for Thursday

The Castle Bravo nuclear blast from 1954. Credit: The United States Department of Energy. How close are you to an existential crisis? In the case of humanity, we might just reach a tipping point this week. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will make their yearly ‘Doomsday Clock’ announcement this coming Thursday live at 10:00 [...]

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Review: Department Zero by Paul Crilley

On sale now! Ever wondered why this reality is as strange as it is? Certainly, the multi-verse idea is one very possible solution, especially in light of the worldwide political wackiness we’ve experienced in 2016. And former Los Angeles detective Harry Priest (Atticus Pope, or at least, that’s who he thinks he was before the [...]

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2017: A Return to the Eyepiece

Our trusty solar scope… I planned to get a flu shot on return to the States, honest. We alluded last week to our recent (and still lingering) ’bout with pneumonia. Yup. We caught the flu that was burning right through the expat community in Spain just before leaving, and despite our valiant efforts, it decided [...]

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Re-entry: Coming Home

Catching the first sunrise of 2017. We’re back! The last week of 2016 saw us successfully make the jump back across the big pond that is the Atlantic Ocean back to the United States. It also saw us contract a flu that was sweeping the Spanish expat community of Jimena de la Frontera just days [...]

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