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The Event^Horizon 2018/03/16…. Now We Are 3 Once More!

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

 A big welcome to Starstorm as she joins  Myself and Marty on the show full time!​bserving/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glan​ce-march-16-24/​b09th4hf


AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2018/03/15 3.141 Rates

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Farewell to Stephen Hawking, RIP
Now for tonight’s links:
For Steven:​zSgiXGELjbc
Of course, it’s also “pi Day”
Diane says we should stop celebrating pi and start going with tau:​18/3/14/17119388/pi-day-pie-math-​tau-circle-constant-mathematics-c​ircumference-diameter-radius-holi​day-truth
Twistedge added this bit, 18 Ways NASA Uses Pi:​rn/list/oh-the-places-we-go-18-wa​ys-nasa-uses-pi/
From her recent visit to England, Diane visited Greenwich, among other places:​hn_Harrison#The_first_three_marin​e_timekeepers​metallic_strip#/media/File:John_H​arrison_memorial_02.jpg
And now, what’s coming up in the next week:
Thu, Mar 15, 15h Mercury greatest elong. E.(18°)
Sat, Mar 17, 13h NEW MOON
Sun, Mar 18, 01h Mercury 4° N. of Venus
Sun, Mar 18, 18h Mercury 8° N. of Moon
Sun, Mar 18, 19h Venus 4° N. of Moon
Mon, Mar 19, 16h Uranus 5° N. of Moon
Tue, Mar 20, 16h Equinox
Tue, Mar 20, 21h Ceres stationary
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
Marty found an AAVSO notice:​t-notice-620
Then we catch up with Steve:​dard/2018/nasa-needs-your-help-to​-find-steve-and-heres-how​dard/2018/mystery-of-purple-light​s-in-sky-solved-with-help-from-ci​tizen-scientists
With the equinox approaching, talk turned to the Zodiacal Light and:​bserving/take-the-gegenschein-cha​llenge101420151410/
Twistedge adds these links
Captain Cook Chronometers ( one of my favorite youtube channels )​bnQkKtMVPfg
Tiangong-1 reentry updates The current estimated window is ~29 March to ~9 April; this is highly variable.​ce/2018/01/12/tiangong-1-reentry-​updates/

Project Snoopy Update with Nick Howes FRAS

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Earlier this week Nick Howes FRAS was on twitter about Project Snoopy, so today I caught up with  Nick to find out  how things are going . Project Snoopy is about the Recovery  of the Apollo 10 Lunar Module Callsign Snoopy , The Apollo 10  Command Module was called Charlie Brown and flown by  Capt. John Young .  While Snoopy was flown by  Cmdr Thomas P. Stafford &  Capt. Eugene Cernan  down to within 50,000 feet of the Lunar surface.

Apollo 10 Mission Report :

Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in the  Apollo space program, and the second (after Apollo 8) to orbit the Moon. Launched on May 18, 1969, it was the F mission: a “dress rehearsal” for the first Moon landing, testing all of the components and procedures, just short of actually landing.
Dates: May 18, 1969 – May 26, 1969
Launch date: May 18, 1969
Landing date: May 26, 1969
Operator: NASA
Crew size: 3
Members: Thomas P. Stafford, John Young, Eugene Cernan

Apollo Command Module  & Lunar Module Call Signs

Mission Command Module Lunar Module
Apollo 7 “Apollo 7”. None.
Apollo 8 “Apollo 8”. None.
Apollo 9 “Gumdrop”. Derived from the appearance of the spacecraft when transported on Earth. During shipment, it was wrapped in blue wrappings giving appearance of a wrapped gumdrop. “Spider”, derived from its bug‑like configuration.
Apollo 10 “Charlie Brown”, from a character in comic strip Peanuts© drawn by Charles L. Schulz. As in the comic, the CM “Charlie Brown” would be the guardian of the LM “Snoopy.” “Snoopy,” after the beagle dog character in the same comic strip. The name referred to the fact that the LM would be “snooping” around the lunar surface in low orbit. Also, at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Snoopy was symbol of quality performance. Employees who did outstanding work were awarded a silver Snoopy pin.
Apollo 11 “Columbia”, after “Columbiad”, the canon used to launch Jules Verne’s moonship (commonly thought to be the moonship itself which was referred to only as “the projectile”); also used because of the close relationship of the word to the United States’ origins. “Eagle,” after the eagle selected for the mission insignia.
Apollo 12 “Yankee Clipper”, selected from names submitted by employees of the command module prime contractor. “Intrepid”, selected from names submitted by employees of the lunar module prime contractor.
Apollo 13 “Odyssey,” reminiscent of the long voyage of Odysseus of Greek mythology. “Aquarius,” after the Egyptian god Aquarius, the water carrier. Aquarius brought fertility and therefore life and knowledge to the Nile Valley, as the Apollo 13 crew hoped to bring knowledge from the Moon.
Apollo 14 “Kitty Hawk”, the site of the Wright brothers’ first flight in Kitty Hawk, NC. “Antares”, for the star on which the LM oriented itself for lunar landing.
Apollo 15 “Endeavor,” for the ship which carried Captain James Cook on his 18th-century scientific voyages. “Falcon,” named for the USAF Academy mascot by Apollo 15’s all-Air Force crew.
Apollo 16 “Casper”, named for a cartoon character, “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” because the white Teflon suits worn by the crew looked shapeless on television screens. “Orion,” for a constellation, because the crew would depend on star sightings to navigate in cislunar space.
Apollo 17 “America”, as a tribute and a symbol of thanks to the American people who made the Apollo program possible. “Challenger,” indicative of the challenges of the future, beyond the Apollo program.

Excerpted and edited from Astronaut Mission Patches and Spacecraft Callsigns, by Dick Lattimer, unpublished draft in JSC History Office; Space Patches From Mercury to the Space Shuttle; and various NASA documents.

The Event^ Horizon 2018/03/09

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Thank you, Starstorm, for tonight’s links and taking part in the show!​ities/space-weather-enthusiasts​celand/hella/?cam=icela


AFM’s Space Pirate Radio! 2018/03/08 X-Rayted Stars!

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Here are the links from tonight’s show, “X-rayted Astronomy”
Marty and John talked about the sun’s arc through the sky this time of year and Mercury’s
showing currently, prompting BP to post this link:
Then we covered what is up in the sky for the coming week:
Wed, Mar 07, 07h Jupiter 4° S. of Moon
Fri, Mar 09, 10h Jupiter stationary
Fri, Mar 09, 11h LAST QUARTER
Sat, Mar 10, 01h Mars 4° S. of Moon
Sun, Mar 11, 02h Saturn 2° S. of Moon
Sun, Mar 11, 09h Moon at apogee
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:


Comet Watch: March 2018 – with Special Guest Bob King

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

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

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

Brian Marsden