Author Archives: Edwin L. Aguirre

A South American Ring Eclipse

Guyana, Surinam, and French Guiana were the places to be to see last Friday's annular eclipse of the Sun. These small tropical countries on the northern coast of South America were the only solid ground touched by the path of annularity at sunrise that day; the rest of its narrow, 13,800-kilometer-long track traversed the open…

John Broughton

Comet Discoverers Honored

An American, a Brazilian, and an Australian will share the eighth annual Edgar Wilson Award for amateur comet discovery. The award is given to amateur astronomers (or professional astronomers acting in an amateur capacity) who find one or more new comets using privately owned equipment.


Imaging a Solar Eclipse

A total eclipse of the Sun is a spectacular sight. With a little preparation and advance planning, you can capture your own souvenir portrait of this awe-inspiring sight.

Canadian Amateurs Access Big Hawaiian Scopes

How would you like to obtain observing time with the 8.1-meter Gemini North reflector and the 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) atop Hawaii's legendary summit of Mauna Kea? Sound like an amateur astronomer's pipe dream? Well, two amateur clubs in Canada did just that, and they have the images to prove it. The Club d'astronomie de…

2004 Comet Award Winners

Two Australians will share the sixth annual Edgar Wilson Award for amateur comet discovery. According to IAU Circular 8372 issued by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams last July 12th, the winners are Vello Tabur (Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory) for discovering C/2003 T3 and William A. Bradfield (Yankalilla, South Australia) for C/2004 F4. In addition…

Benson Prize Winner

Public-school teacher and amateur astronomer Leonard L. Amburgey of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is receiving the Benson Prize for his discovery of Earth-approaching asteroid 2000 NM. Established by Space Development Corp. founder James W. Benson in 1997, the award gives a cash prize of $500 for the first 10 discoveries of near-Earth asteroids by amateurs. Amburgey stumbled…