December 14, 2017

AVOW: Watch the Launch and Docking of Progress 58 Live

Progress-58P rolls to the launch pad.

Credit: Roscosmos.

It’s back!

By popular demand and the never ending quest for content, we’re proud to be reinstituting one of our most popular features from over the years here on Astroguyz, the Astronomy Video Of the Week (AVOW).

Hardly a day goes by in our online adventures that we don’t come across an amazing lecture, live broadcast or animated gif highlighting the wonders of space. It’s a brave new world out there, and with AVOW, we strive to distill ‘em down to the very ‘best of the best’ along with some brief commentary. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Exotic SETI

Cepheid variable star RS Puppis. Credit: NASA/HST.

It’s arguably one of the greatest questions in modern science. Where are they? Are we truly rare as an intelligent species, or does our brand of curiosity permeate the cosmos?  We recently watched a fascinating presentation in the SETI Talks series by Tony Zee that brought up one interesting possibility, a mode of communication that might be staring us in the face right now. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Down with Daylight Saving Time

Time for sundown on DST? (Photo by author)

This coming weekend, most of North America will perform that yearly Spring ritual of setting their clocks one hour ahead to Daylight Saving Time, or DST.  Now reckoned as the second Sunday of March, the DST shift for 2014 on March 9th falls nearly as early as early as it can this year, missing that mark by just one day. And three Sundays later, the European Union follows suit, shifting forward to Summer Time on March 30th. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Happy 55th, NASA!

Astronaut Chris Cassidy snaps a pic during a recent spacewalk. (Credit: NASA).

‘Tis both the best of times & the worst of times for our noble national space agency. On this day way back in 1958, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) became known as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA. Over the past 55 years, NASA’s list of achievements have included landing men on the Moon, placing a permanent human presence in low Earth orbit, and sending probes to explore every planet from Mercury to Neptune. NASA is also a wonderful public resource, a reference for students of space to mine for a wealth of information about our universe. As a science-writer, I find myself searching NASA daily as a rich resource, all in the public domain. [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: To The Asteroids & Beyond

An artist’s concept of asteroid capture.

(Credit: NASA).

We never miss a chance to catch the fascinating series of talks posted weekly on YouTube via the SETI Institute. Beyond just aliens, these thought expanding seminars cover the length and breadth of space science. Often, the talks are highly technical, but we almost always grab something out of even the advanced ones. [Read more...]

Astronomy Video of the Week: The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

Commemorative stamp for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

(Credit: US Postal Service).

Apollo 11 isn’t the only space-related event commemorated in mid-July.

History was made on this day back in the summer of 1975 with the link up of Soyuz-19 and Apollo in low Earth orbit.  This was the last flight of the Apollo space program, and the symbolic end of the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union. [Read more...]