August 27, 2014

27.07.9: What Ails Jupiter?

The "Black Spot" in Infrared! (Credit: NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility).

The "Black Spot" in Infrared! (Credit: NASA/JPL/Infrared Telescope Facility).

Something has slapped the largest planet in our solar system as of late. A large black spot has emerged in Jupiter’s southern polar region, reminiscent of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 collision of 15 years ago. Initially discovered by Anthony Wesley of Australia utilizing a 14.5” reflector early last week, the discovery was backed up mid-week by NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Looking similar to a Galilean satellite shadow, it has all the hallmarks of an impact. Will it evolve and develop over the coming weeks and months? By the time this goes to (word)press, we hope to get a glimpse of it here at Florida Astroguyz HQ. [Read more...]

Light Pollution: Know your Enemy.

Light pollution.

An Unwanted Constellation in a Backyard Near You. Seminole, Florida. (Photo by Author).

    If there’s one cause that “lights” our fire here at Astroguyz, it’s the fight against Light Pollution. Now, with the 2nd Annual Great Star count well under way, it’s a good time to reflect (OK, another bad metaphor!) on what we’ve done to our night skies and what can be done about it. [Read more...]

Join Forces with the Great Star Count!

Good news; its time to take action in the fight against light pollution!

Star Count.

A Distribution of North American Participants. (Credit: Windows on the Universe).

   On October 20th, 2008, Windows on the Universe will be launching the 2nd Annual World Wide Star Count  as part of its citizen sciece based initiative. The premise is dirt simple; look outside your particular locale and report what you see. Last year, we participated in the first annual star count, to much success! [Read more...]

Astro-Event of the Week: October 13th-19th 2008. Spot the Zodiacal Light!

   This week’s challenge is an elusive one. With the ecliptic at a high morning angle and the autumnal equinox behind us, now is a good time to attempt to spot the zodiacal light . Look to the east, about an hour or so before local sunrise. [Read more...]