October 23, 2014

20.03.11: An Occultation Update.

Mu Geminorum ingress…(Photo by Author).

This Super-moon Sunday, we’d just like to give a brief self promotional shout-out to an astronomical success we had last weekend. Last Sunday we managed to catch the occultation of the 4th magnitude star Mu Geminorum by the waxing gibbous moon from Astroguyz HQ here in Hudson, Florida; [Read more...]

AstroEvent: When will Epsilon Aurigae Brighten?

  

Epsilon Aurigae: A finder chart. (Photo and graphics by the Author).

One of the strangest variable stars is worth watching this spring.  Back in 2009, we alerted viewers to monitor the curious variable Epsilon Aurigae. Once every 27.06 years, this star dips nearly a magnitude in brightness down to about +3.8, markedly discernable to the naked eye. This drop lasts for over a year before Epsilon Aurigae returns to its former self. This spring should witness such an occurrence. [Read more...]

Astro-Event of the Week: September 2nd-8th 2008; A Double Shadow Transit!

Double Transit.

Jupiter; The Evening of September 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT.

(Credit: Stellarium). 

   The Jovian system of moons is a place where things happen. Shadow transits are probably the most dramatic event to be seen in this “mini solar system.” It’s definitely cool to watch the inky black dot shadow of a moon sliding silently above the cloud tops of Jupiter. [Read more...]