October 23, 2017

Astro-Event: Ushering in Spring 2012.

The Double Shadow transit at 3UT on March 23rd.

(Graphic created by Author in Starry Night).

Residents of the northern hemisphere take heart; the spring or Vernal Equinox occurs this week on March 20th. This is the moment that the Sun crosses the celestial equator as seen from our Earthly vantage point and begins its march north into positive declinations. The exact moment occurs at 05:14UT/01:14 EDT early Tuesday morning, the earliest its occurred since 1896 and the earliest until 2016 when it slides back another 44 minutes. [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...]

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 year’s 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 don’t always coincide. In fact, this year’s date is the earliest that an Eastern Orthodox Easter can fall. [Read more...]

March 2010: Life in the Astro-Blogosphere.

The Full Snow Moon that rounded off February. (Phot by Author).   

The Full Snow Moon capping off February as seen from Astroguyz HQ! (Photo by Author). 

    This month, spring and the vernal equinox are in the air in the northern hemisphere; time for warmer temps, shortening nights and hopefully, a buffer between the cold of winter and the eventual swarms of summer mosquitoes that are the bane of many an observer. What follows is a brief rundown of all things astronomical that are floating through our respective transom here at Astroguyz HQ; [Read more...]