March 21, 2019

Week 22: Back on the Road and into Arizona

Astro-sculpture sighting:

Urania, the Muse of Astronomy in Salt Lake City

(All photos by the author).

They say that you can never go home again, but sometimes, you can still visit those old stomping grounds. This past week we’ve been heading in just such a direction as we crossed the border from Utah back in to Arizona.

Not that our stay in Salt Lake City wasn’t a much needed respite from the road. We actually used our week of ‘down time’ to write like the wind and catch up on those essentials, such as laundry, oil changes and bill paying. Yeah, those sorts of glamorous things tend  to follow you, even on the road. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Stalking the Elusive Annular Eclipse

A simulation of the April 29th eclipse from 1 km above the Arctic.

Created using Stellarium.

This Tuesday, a “ring of fire” annular eclipse will occur that no human eye will witness. This is because the path of the April 29th annular eclipse only briefly touches down for just over 12 minutes over a remote area of Antarctica. In fact, the central part of the Moon’s shadow — known as the “antumbra”— will be for the most part cast off into space, missing our planet entirely.

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