November 19, 2017

Astro-Event: A Difficult Occultation.

Looking west from Tampa, Fl at about 5:40PM EST. (Created in Starry Night). 

   This week, interesting planetary goings-on are afoot low in the western dusk skies, if you have the patience to observe them. On the evening of Monday, December 6th, visual athletes will want to try and spot an extremely thin crescent Moon occult a fading planet Mars. [Read more...]

AstroEvent of the Week: 6.7.09: Can you spot the Penumbral?

 

 

This week, I give you what is surely the meekest of all eclipses; a very shallow penumbral eclipse. At about 5:38 Eastern Standard time on the morning of Tuesday, July 7th, the northern edge of the Moon will find itself not quite a quarter submerged in the Earth’s penumbra, the light outer part of the planet’s shadow. The geometry for most of the continental United States is not good, as the Moon will be setting in the brightening dawn twilight. So why should you care to wake up early for an almost non-eclipse? [Read more...]

Observing Challenge: Sighting Extremely Slender Moons Part I

 

   We here at Astroguyz always love a good challenge. Maybe I’ll never climb Everest or run an ultra marathon in Death Valley, but visual observation challenges happen in our local sky nightly.  [Read more...]