October 20, 2017

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...]

Astro-Events: Stellar Action Near & Far.

Sunspot active region 1520 as seen from Astroguyz HQ on July 10th.

We interrupt our mundane earthbound corner of the galaxy to bring you this exciting installment of the column a tad early to hopefully get your eyes skyward for some exciting astronomical events, both scheduled and unscheduled.

Don’t mess with Active Sunspot Region 1520! (Photo by Author).

First up, massive sunspot group and active region 1520 reaches the center of the solar disk and Earthward firing position around July 12th. This is one of the most massive sunspots seen in recent years and one of the largest thus far for solar cycle #24. As of this writing on July 12th, AR1520 can easily be seen with the unaided (but safely filtered) eye. [Read more...]