PyeongChang Olympics 2018: Korea’s Rich Astronomical Past

February 15th, 2018 by OceanStar

Did you watch the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea?

One of the most dazzling and enchanting parts of the ceremony was its tribute to Korea’s astronomical and celestial beginnings. At the beginning of the opening ceremony, we are introduced to a group of children who discover a celestial globe in the snow, and are led on an adventure through time that teaches them about Korea’s past and present. During their journey, they discover an ice cave with painted murals, one of which is an ancient dragon who stands out more than the rest. As if sensing their entrance into the cave and its discovery, a golden tiger appears from the tablet welcoming and guiding the children through unknown lands to meet others similar to him and telling the story of Korea’s celestial guardians. Unknown to many viewers, the golden tiger is not only a guide, but also one of ancient Korea’s celestial guardians Baekho (White Tiger), and he is introducing the children to the remaining celestial guardians, Chunryonga (Azure Dragon), Jujak (Vermilion Bird), Hyunmu (Black Turtle/Black Warrior), and Hwang-Ryong (Golden Dragon/Golden Emperor), as well as to Korea’s deep astronomical roots.

     

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Focus On: Tadpole Galaxy

February 5th, 2018 by Tavi Greiner

 

The Tadpole Galaxy, aka ARP 188 / UGC 10214, is a barred spiral galaxy that has been stretched and distorted by a long-ago interaction with a smaller galaxy. The resulting “tail” – an elongated region of dismantled stars, gas, and dust – spans a length of about 250,000 light years. The collision, itself, effected new starbirth, including some clusters hosting hundreds-of-thousands of new stars, two of which – seen as blue clumps in the tail – that will likely to form new dwarf galaxies.

This fascinating galaxy is located some 400-million-light years distant in the constellation Draco. The intruder galaxy is located another 300-thousand-light-years away and is visible through the Tadpole’s spiral arms!

FUN CHALLENGE: How many other galaxies can you see in this Hubble image?

Take a Hubble Image Tour of the Tadpole Galaxy!

 

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Cometwatch 2018/01/28 with Wendy Clark

January 29th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

A Great Start to 2018 with  our first guest of the year Wendy Clark, My Thanks as always to my co-hosts  Mary McIntyre and Neil Norman and to the Northolt crew for the entertainment as we recorded!

Astro Farm France

Minor Planets Center (IAU)

BAA Comet Section page 

BAA Comet Section Visual Observations Page

BAA YouTube Channel

The Astronomer

The Astronomer  Youtube Channel

The German Comet Group

Seiichi Yoshida’s page

Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia

Comet chasing

The Sky Live (Comets) 

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Afm’s Space Pirates 2018/02/15 Hearts, Diamonds & Rings In Space!

February 16th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Here are tonight’s links:
The sun has some spots!?!
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2018/14feb18/hmi1898.gif?

https://umbra.nascom.nasa.gov/newsite/images.html
Marty talked a bit about meteors and Glenn posted this:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/14/rare-70-pound-meteorite-sells-for-record-237500-at-christies.html

Besides the sun and falling stars, we have:
Wed, Feb 14, 11h Juno in conjunction with Sun
Thu, Feb 15, 21h NEW MOON, Eclipse
Sat, Feb 17, 12h Mercury in superior conjunction
Tue, Feb 20, 08h Uranus 5° N. of Moon
Fri, Feb 23, 08h FIRST QUARTER
Fri, Feb 23, 18h Aldebaran 0°.7 S. of Moon, Occn.
Tue, Feb 27, 15h Moon at perigee
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
http://asa.usno.navy.mil
Marty takes a Valentine’s day look at the sky:
Rosette Nebula
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120214.html
https://scitechdaily.com/new-insight-into-the-hole-at-the-heart-of-the-rosette-nebula/
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140311.html
Then Marty wanted to track launches and satellites:
http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=43211
Venus
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/akatsukis-amazing-views-of-venus/
Going back to nebulas,
The Ring Nebula: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_Nebula

The Flame Nebula: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/online-gallery/horsehead-and-flame-
nebula-3/

The Tulip Nebula: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141115.html
The Veil Nebula: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/veil-nebula-supernova-remnant
Diamonds anyone?
Space Today Online — Deep Space Astronomy – Lucy Diamond White …
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-24477667
https://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/1999/1006/diamonds.html
Feeling thirsty?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/51271/there-are-giant-clouds-alcohol-floating-space
Twistedge posted some extra links:
APOD Valentine pic: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
The Heart and Soul Nebula: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap161116.html
Photo of Strontium atom:
https://www.sciencealert.com/photo-of-a-single-trapped-atom-wins-uk-science-photo-prize

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The Event^Horizon 2018/02/09

February 10th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Links and shownotes from tonight’s show, with Skyguides Marty Kunz and John Foote. Nick Evetts and Starstorm will return next week!

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

The Tesla Orbit  http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9407876-3×2-700×467.jpg

SLS  https://www.sciencealert.com/images/2016-08/meet-rocket.jpg

BFR vs Saturn V https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7177153/Screen_Shot_2016-09-27_at_3.29.56_PM.0.png

http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/snimages/

http://archive.stsci.edu/proposal_search.php?mission=hst&id=15166

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AFM’s Space Pirates 2018/02/07 Drive-Thru on Mars

February 8th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Skyguide Nick was listening to BBC Radio 4 Midnight News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/playe​r/bbc_radio_fourfm before the show
Aqua4U shared 2 links of his telescopes swing arm
https://drive.google.com/open?id​=1u2lnSyT0um29TUi-xanJVwo36MAKht9​_
and
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sD5daii-V6Oh1BFTQ3H0wKc5taHlJ7-u

https://www.sciencedaily.com/rel​eases/2018/02/180201141432.htm Meet the ‘odderon’: Large Hadron Collider experiment shows potential evidence of quasiparticle sought for decade

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The Event^Horizon 2018/02/02

February 3rd, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Featuring Skyguides Marty Kunz and John Foote – Skyguide Nick Evetts will return in two weeks!

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

http://asa.usno.navy.mil/

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