AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2018/01/04 Pirates At Perihelion!

January 5th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Here are the links from tonight’s episode with thanks to Dale 🙂

First off, let’s get this out of the way-nothing happening with the sun.

http://www.spaceweather.com

http://www.spaceweather.com/images2018/03jan18/hmi1898.gif?PHPSESSID=scsettvq7mrgp2i4iogcrd11o2

Of course, since the earth is at perihelion, Marty pointed out that we were enjoying a “Super Sun”

Diane mentioned that we also were getting the Quadrantids:

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/pla​nets/meteors/quadrantids

Which reminded Marty of other meteor showers:

https://www.amsmeteors.org/2017/​12/meteor-activity-outlook-for-de​cember-30-2017-january-5-2018/

And all that precipitated a comet/asteroid discussion-

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ro​ck_comet

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl​/arecibo-radar-returns-with-aster​oid-phaethon-images

 

But, sky stuff is happening elsewhere:

Wed, Jan 03, 06h Earth at perihelion

Fri, Jan 05, 08h Regulus 0°.9 S. of Moon, Occn.

Sun, Jan 07, 04h Mars 0°.2 S. of Jupiter

Mon, Jan 08, 22h LAST QUARTER

Tue, Jan 09, 07h Venus in superior conjunction

Tue, Jan 09, 10h Pluto in conjunction with Sun

Thu, Jan 11, 06h Jupiter 4° S. of Moon

Thu, Jan 11, 10h Mars 5° S. of Moon

Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:

http://asa.usno.navy.mil

Plus, Marty has a list of occultations for 2018:

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

Crew member Aqua4U posted a comet link for the chatroom discussion regarding an incoming comet:

http://cometchasing.skyhound.com​/comets/2017_T1.pdf

Alien megastructure not the cause of dimming of the ‘most mysterious star in the universe’:

https://phys.org/news/2018-01-al​ien-megastructure-dimming-mysteri​ous-star.html

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/​3/16843678/alien-megastructure-ta​bbys-star-kic-8462852-dust

Diane came up with the perfect storm:

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/fa​cts/bombogenesis.html

And Marty found a hungry star:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/god​dard/2017/new-study-finds-winking​-star-may-be-devouring-wrecked-pl​anets

A kilometer-size asteroid slammed into Earth about 800,000 years ago with so much force that it scattered debris across a 10th of our planet’s surface:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2​018/01/glassy-debris-points-relat​ively-recent-asteroid-impact-sout​heast-asia

Crew member Twistedge posted some additional links in the chatroom:

Astronomers find close correlation between the mass of a galaxy’s central black hole and its star formation history:

https://news.ucsc.edu/2018/01/su​permassive-black-holes.html

Tomorrow NASA will host a briefing at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 4, agency’s upcoming science mission to explore where Earth’s atmosphere meets space.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-relea​se/nasa-briefing-previews-mission​-to-explore-nearest-reaches-of-sp​ace

Life may have originated on Earth 4 billion years ago, study of controversial fossils suggests:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2​017/12/life-may-have-originated-e​arth-4-billion-years-ago-study-co​ntroversial-fossils-suggests

On Mars, atmospheric methane—a sign of life on Earth—changes mysteriously with the seasons:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2​018/01/mars-atmospheric-methane-s​ign-life-earth-changes-mysterious​ly-seasons

 

And that’s it for the show tonight, Happy New Revolution Around the Sun!

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