February 18, 2020

Astronomy Video of the Week: Alice Sees Pluto Occult the Sun

Welcome to Pluto!

Image credit: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI

It was a crazy wild ride last week, as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft whizzed through the Pluto system in a historic encounter. We did’t get much work done last Tuesday, that’s for sure. But among the stunning images of Pluto and its moons and amazing close-up flyby sequences, another fascinating observation was made, that we feel is worth mentioning here today. [Read more...]

Astro-Event: A September Occultation Bonanza.

Jupiter & the Moon the morning of September 8th as seen from Central Florida.

(All graphics unless otherwise noted where created by the author using Starry Night).

I love the term occultation. Use it around the astronomically uninitiated, and it just confirms every suspicion they’ve ever had that you’re REALLY a secret astrologer, further confusing the pseudoscience with astronomy in their minds. I sometimes think that even many astronomers feel a bit odd using the term, as it hints at astronomy’s astrological roots before it became a respectable science. [Read more...]