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AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2018/01/11 Eating Jupiter With A Zuma Chaser

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Here are tonight’s links:
The sun is slip-sliding into a deep solar minimum, apparently:
One small spot, though:​data/synoptic/sunspots_earth/mdi_​sunspots_1024.jpg
Followed by some talk about the sun’s anticipated magnetic field flip (to start the next cycle)​terplanetary_magnetic_field​/en/help/the-interplanetary-magne​tic-field-imf
Plus we have a comet to watch:​ndiv_upload.php?upload_id=141810​full_image.php?image_name=Michael​-Jaeger-2016R220180106ut2010RGBmj​aeger_1515318084.jpg&PHPSESSID=p1​4bn48qoc7j95sht910teqr31
And check out this live cam view of auroras:​bcams/
Marty reported on the Juno project:​re/jpl/pia21973/high-above-jupite​r-s-clouds
Plus some discussion on comet Heinze:​nfo
Diane mentioned the loss of yet another Apollo astronaut: John Young​y-planet/john-young-true-believer​-180967784/
The sky still has other things to look at-
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
Fri, Jan 12, 04h Vesta 0°.4 N. of Moon, Occn.
Sat, Jan 13, 07h Mercury 0°.6 S. of Saturn
Mon, Jan 15, 02h Saturn 3° S. of Moon
Mon, Jan 15, 02h Moon at apogee
Mon, Jan 15, 07h Mercury 3° S. of Moon
Wed, Jan 17, 02h NEW MOON
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
Diane pointed out that there will be a Mercury Transit in 2019:​pse/transit/2019-november-11
Marty found a 360 degree movie of the center of the Milky Way​es/chandra/news/scientists-take-v​iewers-to-the-center-of-the-milky​-way.html
And a satellite launch shouted in mystery​09/science/spacex-zuma-satellite.​html?_r=0​2018/01/what-we-know-and-what-we-​dont-about-the-secretive-zuma-pay​load/
Plus the collection of links Twistedge sprinkles throughout the program:
Finding Extragalactic Supermassive Black Holes.​ws/ESMBHmasses/
Fast radio bursts may be from a neutron star orbiting a black hole​cle/fast-radio-bursts-may-be-neut​ron-star-orbiting-black-hole?tgt=​nr
First ELT Main Mirror Segments Successfully Cast​so1801/
Media are invited to see a test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft and the hardware that will be used to recover the spacecraft upon its return from space, and talk with team members involved in the recovery operations at 9 a.m. PST Thursday, Jan. 25, at U.S. Naval Base San Diego.​se/nasa-invites-media-to-view-ori​on-test-capsule-recovery-hardware​-0
An international research team led by Université de Montréal astrophysicist Lauren Weiss has discovered that exoplanets orbiting the same star tend to have similar sizes and a regular orbital spacing.​ecent/entry/Pea_Planets

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

Friday, January 5th, 2018

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.

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:​nets/meteors/quadrantids


AFM Space Pirate Radio 2017/12/21 Space Pirates Of The Long Night

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

As for what’s up in the sky for the coming week:
Thu, Dec 21, 16h Solstice
Thu, Dec 21, 21h Saturn in conjunction with Sun
Thu, Dec 21, 21h Ceres stationary
Sat, Dec 23, 03h Mercury stationary
Sun, Dec 24, 06h Pallas stationary
Sun, Dec 24, 13h Neptune 1°.4 N. of Moon
Tue, Dec 26, 09h FIRST QUARTER
Wed, Dec 27, 18h Uranus 5° N. of Moon
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:

Diane talked about visiting a radio telescope while visiting California:

Marty and Diane went on a jog through the Greek alphabet while discussing occultations:​m/iota/bstar/bstar.htm

Marty has a comet report-​urrent.html​/

Diane tells us that the Keck II telescope is getting an upgrade:

Here are some links Twistedge dropped in the chatroom-

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity:

The Most Precious Bronze Age Artefacts Were Made With Cosmic Materials

Vandals Have Damaged a 115 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint in Australia

After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters

AFM_SpacePirateRadio_2017/12/06_Its A Space Pirate Cluster

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

The sun’s blank right now. Not even bothering with a link.What’s up in the sky:
Fri, Dec 08, 23h Regulus 0°.7 S. of Moon, Occn.
Sun, Dec 10, 08h LAST QUARTER
Wed, Dec 13, 02h Mercury in inferior conjunction
Wed, Dec 13, 16h Mars 4° S. of Moon
Thu, Dec 14, 14h Jupiter 4° S. of Moon
Thu, Dec 14, 19h Vesta 0°.2 N. of Moon, Occn.
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:


AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2017/11/30 Pirates From Triangulum

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Picked up the show with Marty talking about a Mars picture:

Then talk went on to meteor showers: The Geminids.

Then Diane mentioned


AFM’s Space Pirate Radio! 2017/11/09 Icy With Rum!

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Here are the links from tonight’s program:

The sun is still drawing a blank:
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the sky:
Fri, Nov 10, 21h LAST QUARTER
Sat, Nov 11, 17h Regulus 0°.4 S. of Moon, Occn.
Sun, Nov 12, 15h Mercury 2° N. of Antares
Mon, Nov 13, 06h Venus 0°.3 N. of Jupiter
Wed, Nov 15, 01h Mars 3° S. of Moon
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at: