October 1, 2014

19.02.11: V1647 Orionis-A Request for Observations.

The region of M78 (Arrowed). (Credit: Clay M. Davis).

This past Tuesday, a call for observations went out from the American Association for Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) for observations past and present of a very poorly understood variable. In AAVSO Special Notice #235 Dr. Colin Aspin of the University of Hawaii has requested images past and present of the area surrounding M78 and the object known as McNeil’s Nebula. [Read more...]

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...]