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]
A screen-cap from the Svalbard eclipse documentary. Image credit: Salomon FreeSki TV What’s more thrilling than a total solar eclipse? Mounting an expedition to capture one from a unique and unseen angle… A recent team from Salomon Freeski TV did just that. Earlier this year, a total solar eclipse graced the high arctic. A few [...]
Out soon… (Image credit: NASA) Here it tis… a continued sneak peek at the upcoming Solar Winds tale, due for publication in the next week. Don’t forget, start back on last week’s chapter 1, and read the first two Solar Winds stories and other original tales of sci-fi by yours truly. Solar Winds: The [...]
In theaters now… The circle and the saga are now complete. This week, as consumers of turkey and Black Friday sales take to the malls, we thought we’d add our two cents on the completion of The Hunger Games film franchise. We’ve been a fan of the saga since seeing and reviewing the first film, and the [...]
Reentry of WT1190F. Image credit: The International Astronomical Center They caught it! We recently wrote an article for Sky & Telescope magazine online discussing the mystery object WT1190F. This two metre-sized body reentered over the Indian Ocean south of Sri Lanka on November 13th, 2015, and a team from the SETI Institute and the International [...]
A look at a cover to come… Image credit: NASA We couldn’t wait. We’re moving ahead and trying something a bit different here at Astroguyz for this weeks’ free fiction offering. What follows is a sneak peek at something in the works: a rough draft of the third installment of our Solar Winds epic, in [...]
On sale now… Did you know: science fiction poetry is a thing? We’ll make the confession that we barely knew that the sub-genre (and the sub-sub genres within) existed before we got into the reviewing and writing game of the modern web.
A graphic of Gaia’s perspective. Image credit: ESA Sure, you’ve seen a total solar eclipse. You might’ve even caught sight of the historic 2012 transit of Venus… but check this out. ESA’s Gaia spacecraft recently caught an interesting perspective and hybrid of the two: a transit of the Moon across the disk of the Sun.
A look at a possible cover that never was… (photo by author). Well, we’ve caught up with the story pipeline this year, featruing science fiction stories we’ve published thus far. Publishing a free chapter a week has been a good ‘kick in the pants,’ inspiring us to write more to keep up with the demand. [...]
On sale now… Things are heating up in the Retrieval Artist Universe. We just finished Book Five in the Anniversary Day Saga, entitled The Peyti Crisis. Out earlier this year courtesy of WMG Publishing, this eight part series by prolific author Kristine Kathryn Rusch follows a surprise attack on Earth’s Moon and the confusion and [...]
Boo! Image credit: NASA/JPL/Arecibo The universe certainly has a sense of humor. On Halloween, asteroid 2015 TB 145 safely passed Earth. Discovered by the PanSTARRS-1 survey in early October 2015, 2015 TB145 orbits the Sun once every 3.1 years in a path that takes it from inside the orbit of Mercury out past the orbit [...]
On sale now… And here it is: the conclusion to our original story A Standard of Deviation. And here’s our weekly spiel to A).Start back on chapter 1, B). Read the story in its entirety, and C). Read others like it as well. This also brings us to the end of every story we’ve written [...]
On sale now… One of the greatest and most tragic tales in the history of astronomy is the life of Johannes Kepler. And though many are familiar with the 16th-17th century scientist, mostly due to his laws of planetary motion, few know the story of Kepler the man.
A ‘Spacewalk Selfie’ taken by astronaut Scott Kelly during last week’s EVA Image credit: NASA It’s probably the most enviable office space out of this world. Later this week, astronauts Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren will perform a routine spacewalk, their second in just over a week. The focus of Friday’s spacewalk—often referred [...]
On sale now… It’s a rough job, being a quantum courier these days… Here’s the long (well since last Friday, at least!) anticipated penultimate Chapter 8 for A Standard of Deviation. If you’re new to the saga, be sure to start back on chapter 1, and you can read A Standard of Deviation and other [...]
A similar occultation of the bright star Antares by the Moon. Image credit: Dave Dickinson There’s some great events on tap as we head into Halloween weekend. Clouded out, or live on the wrong side if the planet? Have no fear of ghosts, goblins or low hanging cumulus clouds; The good folks over at the Virtual [...]
On sale now! Ready to jump back in to our latest saga? Then without further fanfare, here’s chapter 7 of our latest sci-fi tale. Remember, if you’re new to the tale, to start back with chapter 1, and you can read A Standard of Deviation and other tales like it in its entirety online. A [...]
There it is: SOHO’s 3,000th comet. Image credit: NASA/SOHO Has it really been that long? The joint NASA/European Space Agency’s Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) celebrates two full decades in space in just a few short weeks. Launched on December 2nd, 1995, the mission keeps a continual watch on the Sun from its L1 vantage point.
On sale now… Has the Universe got you down? Reality is certainly crashing down hard around our main protagonist this week… remember through, we all have the means to shake the game up a bit, in our very own special way. If you’re new to the tale, be sure to start back on Chapter 1. [...]
Earth from the Moon. (Image credit: NASA/Apollo 11) Wanna see something cool? Recently, NASA put its entire archive of Apollo era images – more than 10,000+ and counting – on Flickr. An amazing treasure-trove, space fans have dived in, with amazing results. There are lots of images I’d never seen before, as well. Folks have [...]
On sale now! Things are not what they seem this week, as our heroine realizes that a human enforced Pax Galactica has exacted a heavy and terrible price on the alien civilizations of the Outer Rim. Let’s jump right in the Chapter 5 for this week, and be sure to let us know what you [...]
Not your parents’ solar system… Once, as a kid, we decided to make a poster depicting the solar system. Our poster, we decided, was going to be unerringly accurate, complete with planets and planetary orbits depicted to actual size. We quickly realized this would be a fool’s errand, with planets reduced to tiny dots.
On sale now… Uneasy is the state of the human-enforced Pax Galactica, as our chief protagonist and quantum-hopping Librarian 3rd Class turned courier is finding out. This week, we invite you to meet the gas giant-dwelling Leviathans and hear of their plight. Can’t wait for weekly installments? You can read (and rate!) A Standard of Deviation [...]
Liftoff of a Falcon 1 rocket on its first successful mission. Image credit: SpaceX What’s it like to ride on a rocket? Seven years ago on this day in 2008, a Space X Falcon 1 rocket gave us an amazing external view as it soared above the Omelek Island launch facility and Kwajelein Atoll in [...]
On sale now! And the tale continues. Let’s jump right into it this week, with as little fanfare as possible. Remember, you can read A Standard of Deviation and other original tales of science fiction by yours truly, and remember to start back with Chapter 1. A Standard of Deviation by David Dickinson I [...]
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft at Saturn’s moon Enceladus. (Image credit: JPL/NASA). Where humans go, our bacterial biome follows… but how do we protect future pristine environments from, well, us? The SETI Institute recently published a fascinating discussion on the topic of planetary protection as part of its weekly SETI Talks series. Titled Integrating Planetary Protection in [...]
On sale now! Ready for more quantum entanglement galaxy hopping adventure? The let’s jump right in to Chapter 2. Remember to start back with last week’s Chapter 1 of A Standard of Deviation, and you can read the story in its entirety, and other original tales of sci-fi by yours truly as well. A [...]
On sale now. Been to a major ‘Con lately? Then you’ll note that the Steampunk genre is alive and well, in the form of retro costumes straight out of the 19th century, replete with high tech gear including cybernetic implants, targeting monocles and the like. Fans love to party like it’s an alternative reality 1899, [...]
Thor launches from the Cape. Image credit: British Pathé There are lots of strange proposals from the early Space Age that —thankfully— never came to pass. We recently came across one of those stranger proposals in an old newsreel courtesy of British Pathé. An amazing resource, British Pathé hosts thousands of old newsreels from the mid-to [...]
On sale now! Hooray… Friday… and here’s your weekly dose of free sci-fi from yours truly. This week, we’re starting in on a brand new tale in an exciting universe. This one’s got it all; an imperial Earth, killer Von Neumann robots, intelligent gasbags, and swashbuckling librarians (3rd Class, thank you very much). If you [...]
On sale now… Things are heating up in the Retrieval Artist Universe. We recently completed book four in the eight book Anniversary Day saga by Kristine Kathryn Rusch as part of our ongoing campaign to catch up with the growing pile of review books that have stacked up while we were on a one year [...]
Speedy Barnard’s Star. Click here for the animation. Credit: The Virtual Telescope Project Double wow. When it comes to stellar motion, the pattern of constellations you see tonite will look pretty much the same on the day that you die as they appeared on the day you were born. Sure, we’re all whizzing around the [...]
On sale now! And here’s the long anticipated conclusion to our on-going tale Helium Party. And as always, you know the drill: be sure to start back with Chapter 1, or you can just read Helium Party and other great tales of Sci-fi in their entirety. On to the conclusion! Helium Party by Dave Dickinson [...]
An artist’s conception of TESS. Image credit: NASA Just wow. A new space telescope set for launch in 2017 promises to blow the doors wide open on exoplanet science. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is, in many ways, the successor of the Kepler Space Telescope, but also promises to surpass Kepler’s legacy. Like Kepler, [...]
On sale now! Here it tis… our weekly healthy serving of free science fiction for you, the discerning public. Be sure to start back on chapter 1, and you can read Helium Party and other tales of original sci-fi by yours truly. But now, let’s join our intrepid gang The Citizens of Silliness in orbit [...]
On sale in September 2015! Remember the pulp novelettes of yore? Named for the woodsy, low cost paper they were printed on, dime store pulp novels were an integral part of many readers’ childhoods. They were formulaic, sure, but we always knew the tales within would deliver. The folks at Fiction River recently challenged authors [...]
The end of totality over the Faroes. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Schnuffel2002/under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license The sight of a total solar eclipse is pure unforgettable magic. The March 20th, 2015 total solar eclipse provided a unique artistic backdrop for a live musical performance. As the shadow of the Moon touched down over the North [...]
On sale now! Rogue clowns in space hungry for helium, what’s not to love? Here’s this week’s latest installment chronicling the further adventures of the Sons of Silliness. Be sure to start back on chapter 1, and read Helium Party and other works of original fiction by yours truly. Helium Party by David Dickinson Chapter [...]