May 30, 2017

Astro Event of the Week: The Heliacal Rising of Sirius.

Sirius Rising as seen from Astroguyz HQ on August 1st, at Lat. 28 North...Radio Telescopes pending! (Created in Starry night).

Sirius Rising as seen from Astroguyz HQ on August 1st, at Lat. 28 North...Radio Telescopes pending! (Created in Starry night).

 

   August is traditionally a real roaster for the northern hemisphere. This month usually sees the onset of what’s known as the Dog Days of summer… but did you know that this term has an actual astronomical tie-in? We’re talking about the dawn appearance of the Dog Star, Sirius.  The ancient Egyptians knew this star as the dog-headed god Anubis, and the first sightings of Sirius preceded that most important of calendar dates in their world; the flooding of the life-giving Nile. [Read more...]

Astrology: An Astronomical Perspective

Astronomy may well be man’s oldest scientific endeavour. When we weren’t busy eking out an existence, we were looking to the stars. The sky to our ancestors must have seemed enigmatic and mysterious. Removed from terrestrial affairs, the heavens seemed aloof. [Read more...]