September 21, 2017

Review: Rocket Girl by George D. Morgan


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The untold tales of the early Space Age are legion. Many of these were shrouded in secrecy, while others simply fell to the bureaucratic wayside. There’s no doubt some amazing stories are still left to tell in the piles of dusty documents and long lost archival footage in vaults that no one remembers… [Read more...]

AstroChallenge: Hunting the Vanguards.

Vanguard 1, the “Flying Grapefruit.” (Credit: NASA).

Looking for something new in the realm of satellite hunting? A few weeks ago, a discussion popped up on Twitter for the possibility of spotting an elusive set of targets still in space. In early 1958, the United States orbited the Vanguard 1 spacecraft, the first of a series of three successful launches of Project Vanguard and only the second successful object placed in orbit by the United States following Explorer 1. [Read more...]

February 2010: Life in the Astro-blogosphere.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory being readied for launch at the Cape. (Credit: NASA/SDO).

The Solar Dynamics Observatory being readied for launch at the Cape. (Credit: NASA/SDO).

 (Late breaking news: looks like Astroguyz will be tweeting live from the Johnson Space Center in Houston Feb. 17th as part of the STS-130 NASA Tweetup! Now is a good time to follow us on Twitter, as we partake in all things STS, and give you the blow-by-blow live!) 

Cheer up, ye benighted souls of terrestrial northern hemisphere winter; astronomical things are afoot! The month of February sees the return of the Shuttle Endeavour to low Earth orbit, as well as the long anticipated launch of NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory. So, without further adieu, here’s a sneak peak at what we’re watching here in the month of February from Astroguyz HQ; 

February Skies:  February sees the passing of the not so close opposition of Mars from late January, although the Red Planet will be placed favorably for viewers throughout the northern hemisphere in February. A recent posting here at Astroguyz will tell you how to accomplish a rare feat: how to spot the Martian Moons.  A more curious and exceptional event happens on the Feb 9th close passage of NEO asteroid 2009 UN3. The Full Snow moon occurs on February 28th at 11:38 AM EST. [Read more...]