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

January 5th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

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

Which reminded Marty of other meteor showers:​12/meteor-activity-outlook-for-de​cember-30-2017-january-5-2018/

And all that precipitated a comet/asteroid discussion-​ck_comet​/arecibo-radar-returns-with-aster​oid-phaethon-images


But, sky stuff is happening elsewhere:

Wed, Jan 03, 06h Earth at perihelion

Fri, Jan 05, 08h Regulus 0°.9 S. of Moon, Occn.

Sun, Jan 07, 04h Mars 0°.2 S. of Jupiter

Mon, Jan 08, 22h LAST QUARTER

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

Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:

Plus, Marty has a list of occultations for 2018:​m/iota/bstar/bstar.htm

Crew member Aqua4U posted a comet link for the chatroom discussion regarding an incoming comet:​/comets/2017_T1.pdf

Alien megastructure not the cause of dimming of the ‘most mysterious star in the universe’:​ien-megastructure-dimming-mysteri​ous-star.html​3/16843678/alien-megastructure-ta​bbys-star-kic-8462852-dust

Diane came up with the perfect storm:​cts/bombogenesis.html

And Marty found a hungry star:​dard/2017/new-study-finds-winking​-star-may-be-devouring-wrecked-pl​anets

A kilometer-size asteroid slammed into Earth about 800,000 years ago with so much force that it scattered debris across a 10th of our planet’s surface:​018/01/glassy-debris-points-relat​ively-recent-asteroid-impact-sout​heast-asia

Crew member Twistedge posted some additional links in the chatroom:

Astronomers find close correlation between the mass of a galaxy’s central black hole and its star formation history:​permassive-black-holes.html

Tomorrow NASA will host a briefing at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 4, agency’s upcoming science mission to explore where Earth’s atmosphere meets space.​se/nasa-briefing-previews-mission​-to-explore-nearest-reaches-of-sp​ace

Life may have originated on Earth 4 billion years ago, study of controversial fossils suggests:​017/12/life-may-have-originated-e​arth-4-billion-years-ago-study-co​ntroversial-fossils-suggests

On Mars, atmospheric methane—a sign of life on Earth—changes mysteriously with the seasons:​018/01/mars-atmospheric-methane-s​ign-life-earth-changes-mysterious​ly-seasons


And that’s it for the show tonight, Happy New Revolution Around the Sun!

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