September 25, 2017

December 2013: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere: Of MAVENs and Dark Sky Adventures

Contemplating the universe from Westgate River Ranch.

(All photos by author).

Florida isnít the first place most people think of when it comes to astronomy. As part of the southern tip of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, the Sunshine State has two big strikes against it when it comes to deep sky observing; light pollution and moisture. Even on the clearest of nights, we can expect dew to begin collecting on every surface and start to run in rivulets down the side of our telescope tube shortly after placing it out under the often turbulent sky. [Read more...]

September 2013-Life in the Astro-Blogosphere: Touching Mars

A fragment of the Zagami meteorite!

Itís a long journey, from the shores of the Florida Space Coast to the surface of Mars. This past week, we made the journey from Astroguyz HQ in Florida to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASC) to attend the New Media Workshop in Boulder, Colorado for the upcoming launch of MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: A MAVEN for All (Martian) Seasons

An artist’s conception of MAVEN in orbit around Mars. (Courtesy NASA/GSFC).

Its almost here. †Mars mission launch season†is almost upon us. About every 24 to 26 months, the orbits of the Earth and Mars align, making a launch possible using minimal expenditure of energy. This usually occurs about 5-6 months before Opposition season, which comes up for the Red Planet next year on April 8th. [Read more...]