Welcome to FarFarOut!

The official newsletter of the South Texas Astronomical Society

The objective of the FarFarOut! newsletter is to provide an exciting platform to spread education and awareness for astronomy and space science, and give field experts the opportunity to share their unique perspectives with the community. The FarFarOut! team ranges from accomplished cosmologists and astrophysics researchers to amateur astronomers and science communicators. Any community member interested in contributing to the mission is encouraged to reach out and expand their horizons.

Volume 1 Issue 1
First Light

In this issue, First Light, we open with an exciting discovery – the loneliest black hole in existence, detected by the changes in star light caused by the bending of spacetime. We then delve into black holes themselves, exploring their mathematics, taxonomy, and the first direct image ever taken of one. We turn toward the March equinox and  investigate the notion of time, particularly the historical practice of saving it, and its relevant impact on us. We tour the March night sky with our founder, collect celestial treasures, and capture images of distant cosmic light with a telescope surrounded by birds and palms. I introduce to you, dear reader, to our wonderful crew of newsletter contributors and illustrators, without whom this newsletter would be far, far out of the question, and to begin a journey of friendship in science as we explore our cosmos together. 

    Contents include: 

    • The Loneliest Dude in the Hood by Dr. Mario Díaz
    • Black Holes: The Birth of the Destroyer by Victor Perez
    • The How and Why the Clock Changes by Andrew Maurer
    • RGV Highlight: Capturing Light from the Other Side of the Cosmos by Victor De Los Santos
    • Carol’s Corner of the Cosmos by Carol Lee Lutsinger
    • Cosmic Coordinates – March 2022

    … And more! 

    FarFarOut! was named in honor of the most distant object known in the Solar System, (2018) AG37, nicknamed FarFarOut. In 2018, astronomers Scott Sheppard, David Tholen, and Chad Trujillo saw a faint (>25 magnitude) object moving relative to the stars using the Mauna Kea Observatory. The object has an orbit bringing it out to beyond 130 AU and takes it on a seven-century journey around the Sun. And, when a farther object is eventually discovered, one can justifiably call that, too, “far, far out!”