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

December 1st, 2017 by Nick Evetts

Picked up the show with Marty talking about a Mars picture:  https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA22118

Then talk went on to meteor showers: The Geminids. https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/geminids.html

http://www.lunar-occultations.com/iota/bstar/bstar.htm

Then Diane mentioned  http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/first-reports-camelopardalid-shower-disappoints/

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Focus On: Soccerball Nebula

November 30th, 2017 by Tavi Greiner

Kronberger 61 / Kn61 (aka the Soccerball) is a planetary nebula located some 13,000-LY away, in constellation Lyra, very near the border of Cygnus. Although it was imaged during a 1980s sky survey, our Focus On subject, Kn61, was not discovered until 2011, when amateur astronomer, Matthias Kronberger, noticed it during a collaborative search of the Digitized Sky Survey archives.

Kronberger’s discovery was confirmed by both Kitt Peak National and Gemini North observatories and even considered for target by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. Kroneberger’s amateur-professional collaboration group, Deep Sky Hunters, have found more than 250 planetary nebula candidates, more than half of which were detected in the last three years.

When a low- or intermediate-mass main sequence star, like our Sun, nears the end of its lifetime, it evolves into a red-giant and then into a planetary nebula. While they may appear as graceful bubbles or delicate wings, planetary nebulae are actually in the throes of violent interactions, as extreme winds from a hot stellar core crash into an outer gaseous shell, pushing it outward to create the various colorful shapes that we see. Scientists estimate that our galaxy is home to nearly ten-thousand planetary nebulae, but less than two-thousand have been detected. Some of the most famous examples include the Helix, Cat’s Eye, and Hourglass.

Planetary nebulae are challenging targets for visual observers – they do require serious magnification power and some star-hopping experience – but their ethereal beauty and fascinating science are worth further investigation, even if only through images and articles. You can visit the Hubble Space Telescope website, here, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory website, here, to see more of these cool and crazy “space bubbles”.

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The Event ^Horizon 2017/11/24

November 25th, 2017 by Nick Evetts

Thank you Starstorm for taking part in the live show and getting the links for this week………………….

https://www.npr.org/sections/the​two-way/2017/11/22/565926690/i-do​nt-believe-in-science-says-flat-e​arther-set-to-launch-himself-in-o​wn-rocket

Skyguide Paul Harper shared this  from his recent trip to Finland…. https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/ne​ws/polar_night_descends_on_northe​rnmost_finland/9947200

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The Event Horizon 2017/11/17

November 18th, 2017 by Nick Evetts

Thank you Starstorm  for this weeks links and joining us on the Air . I will add the podcast tomorrow after work.

https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/​data/synoptic/sunspots_earth/mdi_​sunspots_1024.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bl​ack_Holes_and_Time_Warps
http://www.skyandtelescope.co​m/astronomy-news/sky-scanning-tel​escope-sees-first-light/?utm_sour​ce=newsletter&utm_campaign=sky-jm​a-nl-171117&utm_content=982640_ED​T_SKY_171117&utm_medium=email
 http://discovermagazine.com/2009​/jan/30-the-father-of-dark-matter​-still-gets-no-respect#.UY1J7crNm​nk
https://www.firstlightoptics.com​/misc/zarkov-cloud-gun.html

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November 13th, 2017 by imelville

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

November 9th, 2017 by Nick Evetts

Here are the links from tonight’s program:

The sun is still drawing a blank:
 http://www.spaceweather.com/images2017/08nov17/hmi1898.gif?PHPSESSID=ckftq5tcquubco1mq527sb7083
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:
http://asa.usno.navy.mil 

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