October 25, 2014

AstroEvent: Can You Spy the Zodiacal Light?

The Zodiacal Light as seen from Paranal. (Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky).

This week’s astronomy challenge is seasonal for mid-latitude observers. Around the time of the equinox, the ecliptic meets the horizon at a favorable angle and a unique phenomenon may become apparent: the zodiacal light. This diffuse band of light can be briefly seen after sunset or before sunrise from a moderately dark location. [Read more...]

Review: Agora

Agora Movie Poster.

Agora Movie Poster.

 

This week, I thought I’d give a quick Astroguyz shout-out to a historical astronomy movie that recently graced our Netflix inbox. Agora tells the tale of the astronomer and mathematician Hypatia and the last days of the library of Alexandria. The movie quietly came and went earlier this year, but it tells a tale that’s as timely as ever. [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...]