October 31, 2014

Life in the Astro-BlogoSphere; Slight Return.

Have scope, will observe! (Photo by Author).

Nothing in this universe is permanent. Stars are born, happily fusing hydrogen for the majority of their Main Sequence lives, only to swell into bloated Red Giants and perhaps engulfing the occasional civilization orbiting them. It’s sobering to think that billions of years from now, the only evidence to say “Humanity too was Here” might be a few derelict spacecraft orbiting the Milky Way galaxy and broadcasts of Love Boat & Joanie Loves Chachi stretched to absurdly long wavelengths… [Read more...]

Astro-Event: Scoping Out the Jovian Action.

Jupiter & moons + shadow transit.

(Photo by Author).

These next few weeks are a great time to keep an eye on the largest planet in our solar system. The planet is fresh off of opposition, which occurred on December 2nd of last year, and resumes direct motion eastward through Taurus towards quadrature on February 25th. In fact, Jupiter doesn’t even reach opposition this year, something that hasn’t happened since 2001 and won’t happen again until 2025. This is because Jupiter orbits the Sun once every 11.9 years and thus successive oppositions occur approximately every 400 days apart. [Read more...]