August 1, 2014

Astro-Events: Stellar Action Near & Far.

Sunspot active region 1520 as seen from Astroguyz HQ on July 10th.

We interrupt our mundane earthbound corner of the galaxy to bring you this exciting installment of the column a tad early to hopefully get your eyes skyward for some exciting astronomical events, both scheduled and unscheduled.

Don’t mess with Active Sunspot Region 1520! (Photo by Author).

First up, massive sunspot group and active region 1520 reaches the center of the solar disk and Earthward firing position around July 12th. This is one of the most massive sunspots seen in recent years and one of the largest thus far for solar cycle #24. As of this writing on July 12th, AR1520 can easily be seen with the unaided (but safely filtered) eye. [Read more...]

26.07.11: Naming P4; A Humble Proposal.

The many worlds of Pluto! (Credit: NASA/HST/SETI Institute).

By now, you’ve heard the news and read the tweets; Pluto has a fourth moon to accompany Charon, Nix, & Hydra. The discovery announcement came last week from a team of astronomers led by the SETI Institutes’ Mark Showalter utilizing the Hubble Space Telescope. The observation campaign is part of an ongoing effort to survey the environs of Pluto in anticipation of NASA’s New Horizons flyby in July of 2015. [Read more...]