Comet Watch: March 2018 – with Special Guest Bob King

March 8th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Welcome to the March episode of Comet Watch, featuring special guest, Bob King.  Our thanks, as always to co-hosts Mary McIntyre and Neil Norman!

Bob’s  Blog is at  http://astrobob.areavoices.com

Bob also writes a weekly blog for Sky & Telescope called “Explore the Night.” His Books are “Night Sky with the Naked Eye” http://amzn.to/2FaOLSI and “Wonders of the Night You Must See Before you Die” http://amzn.to/2oPKJ7t

http://cometography.com/pcomets/017p.html

Brian Marsden  http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/brian-g-marsden-1937-2010/

“IF IT MOVES OR EXPLODES, MARSDEN WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT IT”

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AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2018/06/21 Summer Pirates, and Some Aren’t

June 21st, 2018 by Nick Evetts
Happy Solstice, y’all
Here are the links from tonight’s program:
Surprise! New activity in Sunspot Land:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2018/20jun18/hmi1898.gif?PHPSESSID=aectfa040b3ic4g4spoto3uu47
https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/​data/synoptic/sunspots_earth/mdi_​sunspots_1024.jpg
Looking what is up in the night sky:
Wed, Jun 20, 11h FIRST QUARTER
Thu, Jun 21, 10h Solstice
Sat, Jun 23, 19h Jupiter 4° S. of Moon
Mon, Jun 25, 16h Mercury 5° S. of Pollux
Wed, Jun 27, 09h Vesta 0°.3 S. of Moon, Occn.
Wed, Jun 27, 13h Saturn at opposition
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
http://asa.usno.navy.mil
Coming up on an asteroid…
http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/top​ics/20180619je/index_e.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science​-environment-44521599
Mars is getting close and then a dust storm kicks up…
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/god​dard/2018/curiosity-photos-show-m​artian-dust-storm-growing
Speaking of dust…
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activitie​s/Space_Science/XMM-Newton_finds_​missing_intergalactic_material
An astronaut has his doubts about a Mars mission:
http://www.techtimes.com/article​s/230513/20180618/retired-astrona​ut-believes-that-nasa-spacex-rock​ets-could-not-bring-people-to-mar​s.htm
JAXA’s Mercury Orbiter gets a new name:
http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2018​/06/20180608_mmo.html
Then, it was a dark and stormy night…on Jupiter?
https://www.nasa.gov/image-featu​re/jpl/dark-and-stormy-jupiter
Let’s wreck a star!
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl​/Astronomers-See-Distant-Eruption​-as-Black-Hole-Destroys-Star
Diane shared some more sights in the sky from her Arizona trip:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mi​ce_Galaxies
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An​tennae_Galaxies
In the chatroom, Twistedge added this link:
Colliding stars will light up the night sky in 2022:
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2​017/01/colliding-stars-will-light​-night-sky-2022
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The Event^Horizon 2018/06/15

June 16th, 2018 by Nick Evetts
Thank you StarStorm for the Links

http://www.seasky.org/constellat​ions/constellations-june.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-​type_main-sequence_star
https://www.aavso.org/aavso-aler​t-notice-637
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/40557981922/in/datepost​ed-public/
 http://the-moon.wikispaces.com/R​ukl+4
http://www2.lpod.org/wiki/June_1​4,_2018
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/27736508928/in/datepost​ed-public/
 http://the-moon.wikispaces.com/S​pecial%20Features%20Lists
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/25575714657/in/datepost​ed-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/25575714687/in/datepost​ed-public/
http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc_bro​wse
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/26552895038/in/datepost​ed-public/
 http://astronomy.com/news/2018/0​6/the-story-of-the-apollo-sextant
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pag​es/LRO/news/3d-moon.html
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/25024085717/in/datepost​ed-public/
http://astronomy.com/-/media/Ima​ges/News%20and%20Observing/News/2​018/06/IMG_2874.JPG?mw=1000&mh=80​0
 http://www.airliners.net/photo/Q​antas/Boeing-747-438/968767/L

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=​-fs8gkiap6U

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AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2018/06/14 Astronomy @ Apache

June 14th, 2018 by Nick Evetts
Here are the links from tonight’s show:
Diane recounted her visit to Apache-Sitgreaves Observatory:
One notable observation she made was of this:
Halfway through the show, Diane needed to sign out. Marty continued on, starting with…
Peek-a-boo!
A small bit of sunspot activity coming around the bend:
Also up in the night sky:
Wed, Jun 13, 20h NEW MOON
Fri, Jun 15, 00h Moon at perigee
Sat, Jun 16, 13h Venus 2° N. of Moon
Tue, Jun 19, 12h Neptune stationary
Tue, Jun 19, 20h Vesta at opposition
Wed, Jun 20, 11h FIRST QUARTER
Thu, Jun 21, 10h Solstice
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
Marty talked about observing Jupiter and BP posted this neat source for Observing info:
A dust storm cropped up on Mars
http://www.spaceweather.com/ (scroll down for this article)
Twistedge added theses links during the program:
(20:28:10) (twistedge): https://www.nature.com/articles/​d41586-018-05425-1 Massive Martian dust storm endangers NASA rover Fifteen-year-old Opportunity rover enters low-power mode in attempt to survive extreme tempest.
Another dust story: Diamond dust shimmering around distant stars
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The Event^Horizon 2018/06/09

June 9th, 2018 by Nick Evetts
Thanks to Star Storm  for the links.
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AFM_Space Pirate Radio 2018/06/07 Juno Any Space Pirates

June 7th, 2018 by Nick Evetts
Here are some links from tonight’s program-
Up in the sky the coming week:
Wed, Jun 06, 02h Mercury in superior conjunction
Wed, Jun 06, 18h Neptune 2° N. of Moon
Wed, Jun 06, 19h LAST QUARTER
Sat, Jun 09, 01h Venus 5° S. of Pollux
Sun, Jun 10, 03h Uranus 5° N. of Moon
Wed, Jun 13, 20h NEW MOON
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
Stargazers breaking a world record:
Some astronauts returned:
Distant Moons May Harbor Life UCR researchers have identified 121 giant planets that may have habitable moons
Dawn mission back in the news:
Pluto is a comet in disguise?
And gravitational waves- surf’s up!
Galaxy simulations are at last matching reality—and producing surprising insights into cosmic evolution:
Galaxies, bursting with stars…
How fast do you want that coffee? Here’s a super hot water heater:
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AFM Space Pirate Radio 2018/05/31 And Then There Were Four

June 1st, 2018 by Nick Evetts
Here are tonight’s program links:
Catch it before it’s gone! A small group is decaying after a day of activity:
We lost more astronauts:
Moving on to what’s going on in the night sky:
Tue, May 29, 14h FULL MOON
Fri, Jun 01, 01h Saturn 1°.6 S. of Moon
Sat, Jun 02, 17h Moon at apogee
Sun, Jun 03, 12h Mars 3° S. of Moon
Wed, Jun 06, 02h Mercury in superior conjunction
Wed, Jun 06, 18h Neptune 2° N. of Moon
Wed, Jun 06, 19h LAST QUARTER
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
Marty talked about his visit to Yerkes Observatory. It may be closing soon, visit while you can.
Guess the cuisine on the ISS is not gourmet quality…
Then Diane wanders off beyond Neptune:
Going even further out, Marty brings up…
Diane mentioned Vesta:
Marty pointed out this about star cluster galaxies:
Twistedge popped these links in the chatroom
Gaia Turns Up 13,928 White Dwarfs Nearby the Sun
The Case of the Backwards Orbiting Asteroid
Coronal Rain on the Sun
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