August 21, 2017

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 dodge social obligations to briefly duck outside with our trusty 15x 45 image-stablized binoculars to watch Aldebaran wink out behind the dark limb of the Moon. [Read more...]

Astronomy Video of the Week: Two Live Events from the Virtual Telescope

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 Telescope project have got you covered, with two rapid fire webcasts of two amazing astronomical events. [Read more...]