AFM’s Space Pirates 2018/02/01

February 1st, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Thanks to Dale for the links…….

The Moon scores a Hat Trick! Super Moon, Blue Moon, and Blood (eclipsed) Moon!
Tonight’s links:
Here is an eclipse photo from Mr. Eclipse, Fred Espenak:
http://en.es-static.us/upl/2018/01/eclipse-lunar-1-31-018-Fred-Espenak-e1517414546162.jpg

They talked a bit about the water issues for Cape Town:
https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/31/africa/cape-town-satellite-images-trnd/index.html
We celebrate the anniversary of our first successful satellite launch:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/explorer-1/
https://explorer1.jpl.nasa.gov/
Speaking of satellites, we discover an undead one:
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/amateur-astronomer-discovers-revived-nasa-satellite
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-image-confirmed

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/01/amateur-search-for-dead-spy-satellite-turns-up-
undead-nasa-mission/

Here’s what’s up in the sky:
Tue, Jan 30, 10h Moon at perigee
Wed, Jan 31, 13h FULL MOON, Eclipse
Wed, Jan 31, 13h Ceres at opposition
Thu, Feb 01, 19h Regulus 1°.0 S. of Moon, Occn.
Wed, Feb 07, 16h LAST QUARTER
Wed, Feb 07, 20h Jupiter 4° S. of Moon
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
http://asa.usno.navy.mil
No mention of the sun, apart from its role in the lunar eclipse.
Diane had a thought or two about this opinion piece:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/is-the-golden-age-of-astronomy-nearly-over/
Marty came up with an of AAVSO notice:
https://www.aavso.org/aavso-alert-notice-613
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circinus
Then we got this thing called a “Humanity Star”
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/twinkle-twinkle-satellite-vermin/
https://gizmodo.com/astronomers-say-giant-disco-ball-in-space-sets-a-bad-pr-1822454265
Crew member Twistedge posted these extra links
Close-up on a giant star
http://earthsky.org/space/detailed-images-surface-giant-star
Dark matter near black holes sends gamma rays from galaxy’s core

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2159759-dark-matter-near-black-holes-sends-gamma-
rays-from-galaxys-core/

What’s Hiding Inside Egypt’s Great Pyramid? Tiny Robots May Find Out
https://www.livescience.com/61435-great-pyramid-mysterious-voids.html

Truck Driver Plows Over Peru’s 2,000-Year-Old Nazca Lines, Leaving ‘Deep Scars’

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/31/582269403/truck-driver-plows-over-perus-
The Complete Guide to 2018’s Best Meteor Showers
http://www.sciencealert.com/2018-guide-best-meteor-showers
Here is APOD’s pic of explorer 50 years ago
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Crew member Cassi posted this extra bit:

http://www.themarsgeneration.org/24-under-24-2018-leaders-and-innovators-in-steam-and-
space/

Crew member Aqua4U is going comet hunting:
http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/

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