November 25, 2014

AstroEvent: A Pacific-Spanning Annular Eclipse!

(Credit: NASA/A.T. Sinclair).

Live on the west coast of the United States? This weekend, you will get to witness a rare astronomical spectacle, the likes of which the continental U.S. has not seen since 1994.  On May 20th (21st across the International Date Line) an annular solar eclipse graces our fair planet. This eclipse is “annular” in the aspect that the Moon will be only 31 hours from an apogee of 406,450 kilometers around the time it passes between the Earth and the Sun, and thus will appear too small to cover the disk of our nearest star, as it normally does during a total solar eclipse. [Read more...]

Astro-Event: A Proxigean (Or do you say “Super?”) Full Moon.

Behold last year’s 2011 Super-Moon! (Photo by Author).

Put away the telescope; this week’s astro-event requires nothing more than a properly functioning set of eyes. Last year, the Internet was abuzz with tales of the “Super-Moon,” one of the closest perigee Full Moons of the century. [Read more...]