June 20, 2019

Astronomy Video of the Week: Alice Sees Pluto Occult the Sun

Welcome to Pluto!

Image credit: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI

It was a crazy wild ride last week, as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft whizzed through the Pluto system in a historic encounter. We did’t get much work done last Tuesday, that’s for sure. But among the stunning images of Pluto and its moons and amazing close-up flyby sequences, another fascinating observation was made, that we feel is worth mentioning here today. [Read more...]

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...]