December 18, 2017

Review: The Doctor & the Rough Rider by Mike Resnick.

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The West has never been wilder… as a veteran of the 2011 & 2012 NecronomiCon, we’ve noticed the enduring fascination with fans in all that is Steampunk. Strange, in that said genre really doesn’t have a flagship franchise such as a Trek or Star Wars. Or at least, not yet. [Read more...]

August 2011: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

The July 2011 Full Moon through fog from Astroguyz HQ.
(Photo by Author).
As the Dog Days of Summer draw neigh, August typically brings some of the hottest temps for the denizens of the Northern Hemisphere. This month will see a journey to the largest planet in our solar system leave the pad, a great meteor shower under poor circumstances, and some brightening cometary possibilities. What follows is a look at what’s on our collective astro-radar here at Astroguyz HQ for the coming month;

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Review: Cowboys & Aliens.

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This weekend, extra-terrestrials invade the Wild West in the Jon Favreau & Steven Spielberg summer sci-fi blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens. If there’s one thing that can unite cowboys, Indians, and western banditos, it’s a good ole fashioned alien invasion. Like many a Spielberg hit, Jaws doesn’t show up until the second reel, in a tale that starts cowboy, but ends alien. We caught this flick on opening day as a way to celebrate 43 orbits around Sol this weekend. Cowboys & Aliens stars a hero of our Sc-fi adventure-laced childhood, Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones, Han Solo) who plays a cattleman and civil war veteran in a down on its luck mining town of Absolution. [Read more...]

July 2011: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

July means lightning photography season at Astroguyz HQ…(Photo by Author).

Ah, the seventh month of the calendar year is upon us. July brings our home-world of Earth to aphelion, the start of a new saros, and a look at a fascinating asteroid… and oh yes, the end of a certain low-Earth orbit delivery system. What follows is a sneak peak of what’s up in the July sky and coming to an astro-blog near you;

Coming to a Sky near You: July 1st sees a remote partial solar eclipse and the start of a new saros #156… but will any obsessed eclipse chaser be on hand off the shores of Antarctica to witness it? The 4th sees our planet Earth at aphelion and its farthest point from the Sun, a fact that ameliorates our northern hemisphere climate somewhat during the current epoch. We’ll also take a look at the fascinating close double star Porrima this month, a star that’s been getting a fair amount of telescopic attention as it pairs with Saturn. And by some celestial reckonings, the 12th is the planet Neptune’s “Birthday” as it completes one full orbit since it was first spotted in 1846. [Read more...]