December 14, 2017

Astro Vid Of the Week: Catch the Moon Occulting Saturn Live!

Coming up this Wednesday.

Credit: The Virtual Telescope Project.

One of the most photogenic celestial events of the month occurs this Wednesday, as the waxing gibbous Moon meets the planet Saturn.

And although this conjunction will be a near miss for most of the planet, observers in southern Australia and New Zealand will see the Moon occult (pass in front of) the ringed planet around 12:00 Universal Time (UT) on the evening of May14th/15th. [Read more...]

AstroEvent: 2xBright Planets in the Dawn Sky.

Jupiter, Venus, & Mercury+a 1 degree FOV on the morning of May 11th.

(Created by the author in Starry Night).

The planetary conjunctions reach a climax this week, with a close apparent pass of the two brightest worlds in our solar system, Jupiter and Venus in the dawn sky.  These worlds seem to meet on the morning of May 11th, with Jupiter shinning at magnitude -1.9 about 0.5 degrees from -3.8 magnitude Venus. This will place both within the same field of view using a low power eyepiece, and may illicit queries of “what are those two stars low in the sky?” [Read more...]

Astro-Challenge: Spot a “Dark Asteroid.”

The path of 10 Hygiea during the month of May 2011.

(Created by the Author in Starry Night & Paint).

This week, the planetary conjunctions continue in the dawn skies, one of the better southern hemisphere meteor showers revs up, and we’ll turn you attention to an asteroid you’ve never heard of, but should have. [Read more...]

May 2011: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

April’s rising Pink Moon. (Photo by Author).

The month of May brings with it the beginnings of true summer-like weather for most of the northern hemisphere. We’ve survived a wacky weather spring, and the planets are just starting to peep out from behind the Sun in the dawn sky. What follows is projects in the works and goings-on that are up and coming this month from all things Astroguyz;   [Read more...]