Comet Watch: March 2018 – with Special Guest Bob King

March 8th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Welcome to the March episode of Comet Watch, featuring special guest, Bob King.  Our thanks, as always to co-hosts Mary McIntyre and Neil Norman!

Bob’s  Blog is at  http://astrobob.areavoices.com

Bob also writes a weekly blog for Sky & Telescope called “Explore the Night.” His Books are “Night Sky with the Naked Eye” http://amzn.to/2FaOLSI and “Wonders of the Night You Must See Before you Die” http://amzn.to/2oPKJ7t

http://cometography.com/pcomets/017p.html

Brian Marsden  http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/brian-g-marsden-1937-2010/

“IF IT MOVES OR EXPLODES, MARSDEN WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT IT”

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The Event^ Horizon 2018/07/06

July 7th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

My Thanks to Star Storm for the links

http://www.televue.com/engine/TV​3b_page.asp?id=61&Tab=_back

http://www.stellarcat.com/Pages/​servocat.html
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/aldebarans-last-occultation-2033-beauty/
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/​astronomy-news/are-organics-insid​e-enceladus-complex-enough-for-li​fe/
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/​astronomy-news/observing-news/mar​tian-dust-storm-2018/
https://www.space.com/28286-euro​pe-beagle-2-mars-lander-found.htm​l
https://scitechdaily.com/the-maj​or-collision-that-changed-the-mil​ky-way-galaxy/
http://auroresimonnet.com/category/press-release/
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AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2018/06/28 Moon Over India

June 28th, 2018 by Nick Evetts
Here the links from tonight’s program:
Tonight’s show opened with a Greenwich report:
A rather lengthy lunar eclipse is coming up:
Marty’s tracking space rocks again:
Wed, Jun 27, 09h Vesta 0°.3 S. of Moon, Occn.
Wed, Jun 27, 13h Saturn at opposition
Thu, Jun 28, 04h Saturn 1°.8 S. of Moon
Thu, Jun 28, 05h FULL MOON
Thu, Jun 28, 14h Mars stationary
Sat, Jun 30, 03h Moon at apogee
Sun, Jul 01, 02h Mars 5° S. of Moon
Wed, Jul 04, 00h Neptune 3° N. of Moon
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
We took a detour to look at Telrads:
Getting back to outer space, more news about our inter-stellar visitor from a while back:
And fun with Sagittarius:
Hyabusa is getting there, there being an asteroid:
Diane pointed out a neat discovery:
Crew member Twistedge added these links in the chat room:
Japanese mission reaches unexplored asteroid
The Longest Lunar Eclipse in This Century
A new model of the solar system suggests we have our gas giants to thank for our watery Earth
A new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows off the massive globular cluster NGC 6139.
Oumuamua Is An Interstellar Comet After All
The universe is a greasy place…
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The Event^ Horizon 2018/06/22

June 23rd, 2018 by Nick Evetts
 Thanks to Star Storm for the links tonight

Ryugu seen from a distance of 220-100km http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/topics/20180621je/index_e.html

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Comet Watch June 2018 Asteroid Day with Prof Alan Fitzsimmons and Guy & Daniel from Northolt Observatories 

June 23rd, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Hello Everyone  this months show was recorded in two parts , First we Interviewed Prof Alan Fitzsimmons from Queens  University Belfast  and then our friends  Guy Wells and Daniel Bamberger form Northolt Observatories  joined us later for our  Asteroid Day show

https://asteroidday.org/event/northolt-branch-observatories/

The event we have planned  for Asteroid Day.

In case you’re watching: We took part in two of the documentaries shown Saturday (“Man vs Asteroid” and “How to survive an asteroid strike”).

 

People may also be interested to follow the Hayabusa spacecraft: http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/

Ryugu seen from a distance of 220-100km http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/topics/20180621je/index_e.html

This may be interesting, too. We didn’t talk about it, as it was published the day after we did the recording: https://www.space.com/40943-nasa-asteroid-defense-plan.html

In the show, Daniel the rate of impacts on the Moon. That’s from here:
https://www.space.com/34372-new-moon-craters-appearing-faster-than-thought.html

Reading this again, it turns out the number I gave was wrong. The actual number of impacts is much higher.
Up to 20 per day But since I gave the number to illustrate there are a lot of impacts, having underestimated it shouldn’t be too bad.

BAA Comet Section page 

BAA YouTube Channel

The Astronomer

The Astronomer  Youtube Channel

The German Comet Group

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AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2018/06/21 Summer Pirates, and Some Aren’t

June 21st, 2018 by Nick Evetts
Happy Solstice, y’all
Here are the links from tonight’s program:
Surprise! New activity in Sunspot Land:
http://www.spaceweather.com/images2018/20jun18/hmi1898.gif?PHPSESSID=aectfa040b3ic4g4spoto3uu47
https://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/​data/synoptic/sunspots_earth/mdi_​sunspots_1024.jpg
Looking what is up in the night sky:
Wed, Jun 20, 11h FIRST QUARTER
Thu, Jun 21, 10h Solstice
Sat, Jun 23, 19h Jupiter 4° S. of Moon
Mon, Jun 25, 16h Mercury 5° S. of Pollux
Wed, Jun 27, 09h Vesta 0°.3 S. of Moon, Occn.
Wed, Jun 27, 13h Saturn at opposition
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
http://asa.usno.navy.mil
Coming up on an asteroid…
http://www.hayabusa2.jaxa.jp/top​ics/20180619je/index_e.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/science​-environment-44521599
Mars is getting close and then a dust storm kicks up…
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/god​dard/2018/curiosity-photos-show-m​artian-dust-storm-growing
Speaking of dust…
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activitie​s/Space_Science/XMM-Newton_finds_​missing_intergalactic_material
An astronaut has his doubts about a Mars mission:
http://www.techtimes.com/article​s/230513/20180618/retired-astrona​ut-believes-that-nasa-spacex-rock​ets-could-not-bring-people-to-mar​s.htm
JAXA’s Mercury Orbiter gets a new name:
http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2018​/06/20180608_mmo.html
Then, it was a dark and stormy night…on Jupiter?
https://www.nasa.gov/image-featu​re/jpl/dark-and-stormy-jupiter
Let’s wreck a star!
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl​/Astronomers-See-Distant-Eruption​-as-Black-Hole-Destroys-Star
Diane shared some more sights in the sky from her Arizona trip:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mi​ce_Galaxies
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An​tennae_Galaxies
In the chatroom, Twistedge added this link:
Colliding stars will light up the night sky in 2022:
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2​017/01/colliding-stars-will-light​-night-sky-2022
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The Event^Horizon 2018/06/15

June 16th, 2018 by Nick Evetts
Thank you StarStorm for the Links

http://www.seasky.org/constellat​ions/constellations-june.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-​type_main-sequence_star
https://www.aavso.org/aavso-aler​t-notice-637
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/40557981922/in/datepost​ed-public/
 http://the-moon.wikispaces.com/R​ukl+4
http://www2.lpod.org/wiki/June_1​4,_2018
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/27736508928/in/datepost​ed-public/
 http://the-moon.wikispaces.com/S​pecial%20Features%20Lists
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/25575714657/in/datepost​ed-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/25575714687/in/datepost​ed-public/
http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc_bro​wse
https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/26552895038/in/datepost​ed-public/
 http://astronomy.com/news/2018/0​6/the-story-of-the-apollo-sextant
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pag​es/LRO/news/3d-moon.html
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/83​96454@N03/25024085717/in/datepost​ed-public/
http://astronomy.com/-/media/Ima​ges/News%20and%20Observing/News/2​018/06/IMG_2874.JPG?mw=1000&mh=80​0
 http://www.airliners.net/photo/Q​antas/Boeing-747-438/968767/L

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=​-fs8gkiap6U

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