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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

Live Program Hiatus Dec 25 – Jan 1

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

NGC 2265 – Credit ESO


AFM*Radio’s Original Programs ~ Event Horizon, Space Pirate Radio, First Light, and York Universe ~ will air previously-recorded programs during the week of December 25 thru January 1 and will return to live programs on January 3.






The Event^ Horizon 2017/12/15

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Thank you StarStorm for taking part in  the show tonight​rtswithabang/2017/12/15/why-nasas​-kepler-mission-is-toast/#630dc29​01da0​UCLA_DiR1FfKNvjuUpBHmylQ​cexchannel​bserving/sky-at-a-glance/this-wee​ks-sky-at-a-glance-december-15-23​/​/bright-areas-on-ceres-suggest-ge​ologic-activity​uno-spacecraft-probes-jupiters-gr​eat-red-spot/​-giants-like-Jupiter-emit-radiati​on​=1LDhOvrxmi4S0eXYUQnj5DWN2LZeFwln​8

Triple-Treat SkyWatching This Week!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

This week’s night sky offers a solar system triple-treat, with the Geminid meteor shower on Wednesday night/Thursday morning (12/13-12/14) – a close grouping of Jupiter, Mars, and the crescent Moon on Thursday morning (12/14) – and a near-Earth pass of the Geminids’ source, 3200 Phaethon, on Saturday night (12/16).



Geminids, NASA/JPL

The Geminids; so-called because the shower appears to radiate from constellation Gemini; is a typically prolific event, with frequent fireballs and peak rates of dozens of meteors per hour – and the  meteors, themselves, are bright and often leave long trails. This year’s event should be especially fruitful, with a morning crescent moon offering darker skies for better viewing. has already reported 40+ fireballs in the past three days, so peak night could be especially exciting. UPDATE: reported 475 Geminid fireballs, as of 12/14!


The Event^Horizon 2017/12/08

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

My thanks as always  to Starstorm  for the links this week

BlackProjects ISS Image

ISS TRAIL across the Stars


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: