June 29, 2017

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 hero and legend Neil Armstrong, who passed away this weekend. As the second Full Moon of the month approaches, don’t forget to look skyward and remember when the first man walked on the Moon in 1969. Next week’s special Astro-Event will be Apollo 11 related as well. This one’s for you, Neil!) [Read more...]

Astro-Event: The Dog Days of Summer 2012.

Can you feel the heat? The first half of 2012 was a hot one for the record books. And the bad news is, we haven’t even reached the month of August! Here at Astroguyz HQ in central Florida, having any chance of clear skies in the summertime means rising early in the AM. And the first week of August sees an ancient observation that is fun to try and replicate; the heliacal rising of the star Sirius. At magnitude -1.46, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky as seen from our Earthly vantage point of 8.6 light years distant. [Read more...]

The Top Astronomy Events For 2012.

Comet Lovejoy from the ISS! (Credit: NASA).

It’s here, the most vaunted astronomical post of the year; what’s happening in the sky in 2012! Just think; while your well-meaning but astronomically oblivious friends/co-workers/relatives fear the coming Mayan prophecy, YOU can be hip and “in the know” on upcoming astronomical events in 2012! (Hint; the end of the world is NOT one of them!) [Read more...]

AstroEvent: Would the REAL Blue Moon Please Rise?

 

 

A Heavily Photoshoped Blue Moon...(Photo by Author).

   This week, we here at Astroguyz seek to re-ignite the controversy (or do you say non-troversy?) That swirls in some of the more obsessive astronomical circles; just what is a Blue Moon? Modern vernacular states this as simply the “second Full Moon of a calendar month,” but as researchers first point pointed out in a Sky & Telescope article in the March 1999 edition, the history behind the term is much more convoluted. [Read more...]

Event of the Week: A “Blue Moon” Eclipse!

A setting partial eclipse in 2007 much like this month's New Year's eve partial...(photo by author).

A setting partial eclipse in 2007 much like this month's New Year's Eve partial...(photo by author).

This New Year’s Eve rounds off the calendar with an especially rare treat, although its one that not everyone will get to witness; a partial eclipse of the full “blue” moon. The second full moon of December, the first occurred on December 2nd of this month. This eclipse, however, is extremely shallow; at maximum, the moon will only be 7.63% immersed in the dark umbra of the earth’s shadow. [Read more...]

December 2009:Life in the Astro Blog-o-Sphere.

Quito-Observatory-Ecuador

Stately Quito Observatory…(Photo by Author).

Coming to a December sky near you: The beginning of the month of December finds Astroguyz south of the equator exploring the environs of Quito, Ecuador and the surrounding area. Expect posts on such southern sky wonders as the Large & Small Magellanic Clouds, and perhaps a tour of the oldest observatory in South America. Will we endure the pseudo-science and contraversy that is the equator? Stay tuned. In more familiar skies, we visit an unfamiliar object: Groombridge 34. [Read more...]

Spot the Lunar High- & Low-lands with the Naked Eye!

The dynamic face of the lunar nearside. (Photo by Author).

The dynamic face of the lunar nearside. (Photo by Author).

Did you happen to notice that the Moon was fat and nearly full Halloween night? The technical full Moon for November falls today, Monday the 2nd, at 2:14 PM EST (yes we’re back on standard time now; did you get to work an hour early this morning?) Of course, the full Moon, like all phases, only occurs at an instant in time. That instant is the time that the Moon is exactly 180 degrees, or 12 hours of right ascension opposite to the Sun. [Read more...]