October 20, 2017

AstroEvent(s): A Week of Moons, Tri-Conjunctions, & Lunar Features!

Venus, Vesta, & Pluto in a 5 degree field of view. (Created by Author in Starry Night).

This week offers a grab bag of unique events, far from the humdrum wide conjunctions and difficult to see pairings. The action starts on February 8th with a rare chance to see Saturnís moons†in 1 -8 order. This occurs in a narrow window from 19:01-19:38 UT, and thus favors the Asian Far East. The planet currently rises around 11PM local, and a majority of the moons should still be in order from your corresponding latitude. [Read more...]

April 2010: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

The Moon and Pleiades as seen recently from Astroguyz HQ! (Photo by Author).

The Moon and Pleiades as seen recently from Astroguyz HQ! (Photo by Author).

Spring is now in full swing in the northern hemisphere, as the nights draw shorter and the climes hopefully warmer. Here is a brief rundown of all-things-Astroguyz in the coming month as we delve into the perpetual quest for the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything astronomy related;†† [Read more...]

Astro-Event:The Vernal Equinox.

Clouds & Sky 110

Watch for that rising/setting equinox Sun! (Credit: Art Explosion).

†††† Batten down the hatches; spring is here in a most astronomical way. The vernal equinox occurs this Saturday, March 20th at 17:32 Universal Time; expect uniform amounts of sunshine and darkness worldwide as well as a Sun rising directly due east and setting due west. The spring equinox is also used in the reckoning of Easter; this yearís Paschal or Easter Full Moon falls on March 29th and the proceeding Sunday and Easter falls on April 4th. This year, Eastern Orthodox Easter also falls on the same date; The Orthodox church uses the older Julian calendar and hence the two donít always coincide. In fact, this yearís date is the earliest that an Eastern Orthodox Easter can fall. [Read more...]

Astro Event of the Week: 24-30 June, 2008

Early morning risers next Monday are in for a treat;†a rare occultation of the star cluster, the Pleiades, by the Moon.

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