December 18, 2017

AstroEvent: Exploring the Lunar Apennines & Ina Caldera.

Ina Caldera as seen from LRO. (Credit: NASA).

Whew! With yet another “Super-Moon” weekend has come and gone, and lunar exploration can now be safely left up to those who know and love the Moon. This week, as said Full Moon gives way to waning gibbous, I’d like to draw your attention to a famous mountain range on the edge of the Mare of Imbrium. The Lunar Apennines or Montes Appenninus lie at the edge of a volcanic scarp and feature some of the largest peaks on the Moon rising as high a 5 kilometers above the surrounding terrain (there’s no sea-level on the Moon). [Read more...]

Astro-Event: A Proxigean (Or do you say “Super?”) Full Moon.

Behold last year’s 2011 Super-Moon! (Photo by Author).

Put away the telescope; this week’s astro-event requires nothing more than a properly functioning set of eyes. Last year, the Internet was abuzz with tales of the “Super-Moon,” one of the closest perigee Full Moons of the century. [Read more...]

April 2011: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

The Best yet of our Quest… A “wing-transit!” (Photo by Author). 

Wow. April 2011 already… and what a year it’s already been in history, astronomy and science. This month sees a look at some celebrity astronomers, another shuttle retirement, and the return of the most photogenic planet to evening skies. Here is what’s on our astro-radar for the month of April 2011; [Read more...]

20.03.11: An Occultation Update.

Mu Geminorum ingress…(Photo by Author).

This Super-moon Sunday, we’d just like to give a brief self promotional shout-out to an astronomical success we had last weekend. Last Sunday we managed to catch the occultation of the 4th magnitude star Mu Geminorum by the waxing gibbous moon from Astroguyz HQ here in Hudson, Florida; [Read more...]

19.03.11: Our Moon… in Cosmic Rays.

The tech behind the map: LRO’s Cosmic RAy Telescope for the Effects of Radiation instrument. (Credit: NASA/LRO).

Sure, you’ve seen the Moon countless times, and perhaps you’ve been drawn out, zombie-like to view this weekend’s “Super-Moon,” but have you ever seen the moon in… cosmic rays?  This is but one gem that has come out of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). [Read more...]

16.03.11: The LIGO/Virgo Collaboration Passes “The Envelope.”

On the hunt for Gravitational Waves in the heart of Louisiana… (Photo by Author).

Amidst a week of killer-moons and earthquake paranoia, a real science story with potentially big implications was shaping up in Arcadia, California.  On March 14th, the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) and European-based Virgo scientists gathered to “pass the envelop” (their spelling!) On a hoped-for first detection of a gravitational wave. [Read more...]

AstroEvent: An Equinox, a Full Moon, and a Perigee.

NOTE: The post that follows was written and loaded for timed release before the March 11th earthquake & resulting tsunami  off of the coast of Japan. We decided to relase it early to combat much of the pseudo-science that was already afoot about the “Super-Moon…” To re-iterate much of what follows, perigee is perigee, and varies little (<4.5%) from lunation to lunation.  Astronomers are not predicting earthquakes, Nibiru, or Sheen-zombie apocalypse as a result of an apsidal Full Moon…  

  

All hail the rising Worm Moon… (Photo by Author).

A perfect storm of astronomical events is transpiring at the end of the week, one that will no doubt trigger the worldwide Woo and break with much shoddily composed pseudo-science journalism. But you’ve arrived here at Astroguyz in search of astronomical knowledge, so we’ll give you the straight up-low down on the street; [Read more...]