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AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2018/06/14 Astronomy @ Apache

Thursday, June 14th, 2018
Here are the links from tonight’s show:
Diane recounted her visit to Apache-Sitgreaves Observatory:
One notable observation she made was of this:
Halfway through the show, Diane needed to sign out. Marty continued on, starting with…
A small bit of sunspot activity coming around the bend:
Also up in the night sky:
Wed, Jun 13, 20h NEW MOON
Fri, Jun 15, 00h Moon at perigee
Sat, Jun 16, 13h Venus 2° N. of Moon
Tue, Jun 19, 12h Neptune stationary
Tue, Jun 19, 20h Vesta at opposition
Wed, Jun 20, 11h FIRST QUARTER
Thu, Jun 21, 10h Solstice
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
Marty talked about observing Jupiter and BP posted this neat source for Observing info:
A dust storm cropped up on Mars (scroll down for this article)
Twistedge added theses links during the program:
(20:28:10) (twistedge):​d41586-018-05425-1 Massive Martian dust storm endangers NASA rover Fifteen-year-old Opportunity rover enters low-power mode in attempt to survive extreme tempest.
Another dust story: Diamond dust shimmering around distant stars

The Event^Horizon 2018/06/09

Saturday, June 9th, 2018
Thanks to Star Storm  for the links.

AFM_Space Pirate Radio 2018/06/07 Juno Any Space Pirates

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Here are some links from tonight’s program-
Up in the sky the coming week:
Wed, Jun 06, 02h Mercury in superior conjunction
Wed, Jun 06, 18h Neptune 2° N. of Moon
Wed, Jun 06, 19h LAST QUARTER
Sat, Jun 09, 01h Venus 5° S. of Pollux
Sun, Jun 10, 03h Uranus 5° N. of Moon
Wed, Jun 13, 20h NEW MOON
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
Stargazers breaking a world record:
Some astronauts returned:
Distant Moons May Harbor Life UCR researchers have identified 121 giant planets that may have habitable moons
Dawn mission back in the news:
Pluto is a comet in disguise?
And gravitational waves- surf’s up!
Galaxy simulations are at last matching reality—and producing surprising insights into cosmic evolution:
Galaxies, bursting with stars…
How fast do you want that coffee? Here’s a super hot water heater:

AFM Space Pirate Radio 2018/05/31 And Then There Were Four

Friday, June 1st, 2018
Here are tonight’s program links:
Catch it before it’s gone! A small group is decaying after a day of activity:
We lost more astronauts:
Moving on to what’s going on in the night sky:
Tue, May 29, 14h FULL MOON
Fri, Jun 01, 01h Saturn 1°.6 S. of Moon
Sat, Jun 02, 17h Moon at apogee
Sun, Jun 03, 12h Mars 3° S. of Moon
Wed, Jun 06, 02h Mercury in superior conjunction
Wed, Jun 06, 18h Neptune 2° N. of Moon
Wed, Jun 06, 19h LAST QUARTER
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:
Marty talked about his visit to Yerkes Observatory. It may be closing soon, visit while you can.
Guess the cuisine on the ISS is not gourmet quality…
Then Diane wanders off beyond Neptune:
Going even further out, Marty brings up…
Diane mentioned Vesta:
Marty pointed out this about star cluster galaxies:
Twistedge popped these links in the chatroom
Gaia Turns Up 13,928 White Dwarfs Nearby the Sun
The Case of the Backwards Orbiting Asteroid
Coronal Rain on the Sun

AFM’s Space Pirate Radio 2018/05/23

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Here are tonights links:
Jupiter has an alien asteroid!​mers-discover-asteroid-captured-f​rom-another-star-system/
While preferring donut holes, Marty and John moved on to black holes:​ews/astronomers-find-fastest-grow​ing-black-hole-known-in-space
And Star parties​ews/anu-congratulates-everyone-in​volved-in-world-record-attempt
Then telescopes:​018/05/house-spending-bill-could-​brighten-prospects-two-giant-tele​scopes
Peek-a-Boo! There is a small sunspot that just came around and maybe a couple more coming.
Speculation over Planet 9 abounds:​-new-worlds-extraordinary-orbit-p​oints-to-planet-nine-20180515/
If you want to see what is tripping around overhead…

Comet Watch 2018/05/20 The Oort cloud and Scholz’s star with Jim Scotti

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

This Month  Mary and I  discussed The Oort cloud and Scholz’s star with Jim Scotti. Neil couldn’t be with us this month


How our solar system survived a ‘near miss’ with another star – 70,000 years ago

The Oort Cloud

Oort Cloud Facts


Space Probes to Halley

B612 studying smallsat missions to search for near Earth objects

BAA Comet Section page 

BAA YouTube Channel

The Astronomer

The Astronomer  Youtube Channel

The German Comet Group