PyeongChang Olympics 2018: Korea’s Rich Astronomical Past

February 15th, 2018 by OceanStar

Did you watch the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea?

One of the most dazzling and enchanting parts of the ceremony was its tribute to Korea’s astronomical and celestial beginnings. At the beginning of the opening ceremony, we are introduced to a group of children who discover a celestial globe in the snow, and are led on an adventure through time that teaches them about Korea’s past and present. During their journey, they discover an ice cave with painted murals, one of which is an ancient dragon who stands out more than the rest. As if sensing their entrance into the cave and its discovery, a golden tiger appears from the tablet welcoming and guiding the children through unknown lands to meet others similar to him and telling the story of Korea’s celestial guardians. Unknown to many viewers, the golden tiger is not only a guide, but also one of ancient Korea’s celestial guardians Baekho (White Tiger), and he is introducing the children to the remaining celestial guardians, Chunryonga (Azure Dragon), Jujak (Vermilion Bird), Hyunmu (Black Turtle/Black Warrior), and Hwang-Ryong (Golden Dragon/Golden Emperor), as well as to Korea’s deep astronomical roots.

     

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Focus On: Tadpole Galaxy

February 5th, 2018 by Tavi Greiner

 

The Tadpole Galaxy, aka ARP 188 / UGC 10214, is a barred spiral galaxy that has been stretched and distorted by a long-ago interaction with a smaller galaxy. The resulting “tail” – an elongated region of dismantled stars, gas, and dust – spans a length of about 250,000 light years. The collision, itself, effected new starbirth, including some clusters hosting hundreds-of-thousands of new stars, two of which – seen as blue clumps in the tail – that will likely to form new dwarf galaxies.

This fascinating galaxy is located some 400-million-light years distant in the constellation Draco. The intruder galaxy is located another 300-thousand-light-years away and is visible through the Tadpole’s spiral arms!

FUN CHALLENGE: How many other galaxies can you see in this Hubble image?

Take a Hubble Image Tour of the Tadpole Galaxy!

 

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Afm’s Space Pirates 2018/02/15 Hearts, Diamonds & Rings In Space!

February 16th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Here are tonight’s links:
The sun has some spots!?!
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2018/14feb18/hmi1898.gif?

https://umbra.nascom.nasa.gov/newsite/images.html
Marty talked a bit about meteors and Glenn posted this:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/14/rare-70-pound-meteorite-sells-for-record-237500-at-christies.html

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The Event^Horizon 2018/02/09

February 10th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Links and shownotes from tonight’s show, with Skyguides Marty Kunz and John Foote. Nick Evetts and Starstorm will return next week!

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

The Tesla Orbit  http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9407876-3×2-700×467.jpg

SLS  https://www.sciencealert.com/images/2016-08/meet-rocket.jpg

BFR vs Saturn V https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7177153/Screen_Shot_2016-09-27_at_3.29.56_PM.0.png

http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/snimages/

http://archive.stsci.edu/proposal_search.php?mission=hst&id=15166

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AFM’s Space Pirates 2018/02/07 Drive-Thru on Mars

February 8th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Skyguide Nick was listening to BBC Radio 4 Midnight News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/playe​r/bbc_radio_fourfm before the show
Aqua4U shared 2 links of his telescopes swing arm
https://drive.google.com/open?id​=1u2lnSyT0um29TUi-xanJVwo36MAKht9​_
and
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sD5daii-V6Oh1BFTQ3H0wKc5taHlJ7-u

https://www.sciencedaily.com/rel​eases/2018/02/180201141432.htm Meet the ‘odderon’: Large Hadron Collider experiment shows potential evidence of quasiparticle sought for decade

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The Event^Horizon 2018/02/02

February 3rd, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Featuring Skyguides Marty Kunz and John Foote – Skyguide Nick Evetts will return in two weeks!

http://www.lunar-occultations.co​m/iota/bstar/bstar.htm

http://asa.usno.navy.mil/

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