May 25, 2017

Astro-Event-Perseid Weekend: “It’s Raining Meteors!”

How ‘bout that sky-crane landing Curiosity made on Mars, huh? Over a ton of the finest in human science engineering all moving from 3.6 miles per second to stationary on the surface of Mars in seven minutes flat. It must’ve truly lit up the Martian atmosphere for any would-be Martians on the ground… [Read more...]

Review-Rock Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man by Geoffrey Notkin.

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(All photos courtesy of & copyrighted by Geoffrey Notkin; used with permission).

A confession; I’ve always wanted to own a space rock. I suspect I’m not alone in this desire in the astronomical community, a realm where we must resign ourselves to observing what we love from afar. It was this yearning that led me to pick up one of the very few pieces of jewelry that I own from a Discovery Store in Anchorage, Alaska; a meteorite fashioned into a guitar pick. Here was a perfect melding of two passions in my life; music & space. [Read more...]

Astro-Event: Will the 2011 Perseids Perform?

A classic summer astronomical standby may be in trouble this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking. That’s right, we’re talking about the Perseids, the “old faithful” of meteor showers that gets northern hemisphere residents bundled up and out under the summer stars every mid-August.

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Astro-Event: The Perseid Meteor Shower.

 

looking Northwest at about 2AM. (Created by the Author in Starry Night).

looking Northwest at about 2AM. (Created by the Author in Starry Night).

 

   This week sees a yearly summer astronomical event that may be termed “The old faithful of meteor showers;” the Perseid meteors. Other showers are often fickle, on and off events, but the Perseids routinely perform with zenithal hourly rates around 60 per hour or about one swift moving meteor per minute. Like the Mars email hoax, the Perseids also have a knack for generating a media frenzy around August, forever disenfranchising hoards of would be astronomers with promises of “the meteor storm of the century!” every year… [Read more...]

August 2010: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

 Summer Lightning as seen from Astroguyz HQ. (Photo by Author).

   Summer lightning as seen from Astroguyz HQ. (Photo by Author). 

   The sultry days of summer are now upon us, in what’s usually the last of the traditional northern hemisphere summer months. You can almost feel the darkness beginning its slow creep back into our daily lives. Although we continue to operate in “stripped down mode” new Astroguyz content will  still continue to be generated on a bi-weekly basis. Here’s what you can expect coming to an astro-blog near you; [Read more...]

See the Orionid Meteor Shower at its Peak.

The Orionid radiant. (Credit: Stellarium).

The Orionid radiant. (Credit: Stellarium).

Meteor season is now well underway. About midway between the August Perseids and the November Leonids is an often over-looked shower; the Orionids. The good news this year is the Orionids occur around the morning of October 21st, when the light-polluting moon is only three days past new and thus safely out of the morning sky. Expect to see up to 20-30 fast moving meteors, as was generally the reported case last year. For best results, be sure to watch several hours before dawn, or about 2-5 PM local. [Read more...]

7.9.09: The September Perseids…an Encore?

   This weeks’ potential astro-event is a total wild card. Last year, automated all-sky cameras and the few dedicated observers that maintained a lone early AM vigil noted a sharp upswing in a previously unknown meteor shower. Informally dubbed the “September Perseids,” this shower appeared to have a brief peak over North America on September 9th and spawned a flurry several bright fireballs over a span of about four hours. The progenitor comet remains a mystery, as does much about this shower…could a new meteor stream be evolving? The only way to know for sure is to watch! [Read more...]

Meteor Shower Observing.

   Stand outside on any clear, moonless night, and watch the sky. Odds are within a few minutes a meteor will slide silently by. While most things in universe and astronomy seem to happen on geological time scales, meteors are quick and fleeting, and a meteor storm can be one of the most awesome spectacles, such as the great Leonid outburst in 1833 and 1966. [Read more...]

Astro-Event of the Week, August 5th-11th, 2008: The Perseid Meteors!

   August always meant one thing for me as a kid; the Perseid Meteor shower . Arguably one of the  best, or at least most dependable meteor showers of the year, this shower also has the advantage of occurring in the middle of the northern hemisphere summer, when conditions are conducive to laying out under the stars for long stretches of time. [Read more...]