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

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Lunar Event of the Year!

January 30th, 2018 by Tavi Greiner

The news is everywhere! Tonight’s Full Moon is a special phenomenon, featuring three lunar events in one: a Perigee Full Moon, the second Full Moon of the month, and a Total Lunar Eclipse!

While tonight’s Full Moon may not look any more spectacular than usual – except for those who manage to see passing through Earth’s shadow – the coincidental combination of these three events makes it a moment not to be missed.

PERIGEE FULL MOON: Because the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical, there are closest and furthest points along the path. Perigee describes the closest point, and apogee relates the furthest point. A Perigee Full Moon (informally called a “Supermoon”) occurs when a Full Moon closely coincides with Luna’s closest orbital point.

A New Moon can also coincide with perigee, and both – Full and New Moons – often coincide with apogee (sometimes called a “Micromoon”.) Perigee Full Moons are not especially rare; they can occur a few times each year; but coinciding with other lunar events, such as the second Full Moon in a month or a Total Eclipse – is a less common occurrence. Coinciding with both is actually rare! You can learn more about Perigee and Apogee Moons, here.

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Cometwatch 2018/01/28 with Wendy Clark

January 29th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

A Great Start to 2018 with  our first guest of the year Wendy Clark, My Thanks as always to my co-hosts  Mary McIntyre and Neil Norman and to the Northolt crew for the entertainment as we recorded!

Astro Farm France

Minor Planets Center (IAU)

BAA Comet Section page 

BAA Comet Section Visual Observations Page

BAA YouTube Channel

The Astronomer

The Astronomer  Youtube Channel

The German Comet Group

Seiichi Yoshida’s page

Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia

Comet chasing

The Sky Live (Comets) 

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The Event^Horizon 2018/01/26

January 27th, 2018 by Nick Evetts
My Thanks to Starstorm for the links right up to when chat crashed . My Thanks to Rob for fixing the website so we can post the show notes and apologies for the Skype Comedy of errors towards the end of the show!

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Project:Star Ocean Introduction Q & A: Part 1

January 27th, 2018 by OceanStar

Welcome to Project: Star Ocean’s first post! Rather than start with a pop-culture feature right away, I thought it would be best to start the blog with a short Q & A introduction so our readers would have a better understanding of who we are and what we write about! If you still have questions after we have finished our two-part introduction, feel free to email me or comment below and I’ll be glad to answer any questions you have! Now onward to the Q & A segment!

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AFM’s Space Pirates 2018/01/25 The Other Hubbell

January 25th, 2018 by Nick Evetts

Tonight’s links are:
We interviewed Jerry Hubbell from Explore Scientific about the Mark Slade Remote
Observatory:
https://www.raclub.org
https://www.raclub.org/v3/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/MSRO2.jpg
https://www.raclub.org/msro/
https://www.facebook.com/remotetelescope/
Jerry tells us that they used the scope to capture data on an exoplanet transit observation:
http://var2.astro.cz/tresca/transit-detail.php?id=1515202863

165mm f/7 FPL-53 Air-Spaced Triplet ED APO Refractor

Jerry and Martin took courses at AAVSO to get ready for the exoplanet observing
https://www.aavso.org
We have a lunar eclipse coming: 31 January
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/january-lunar-eclipse/
https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2018-january-31
Plus some occultations:
http://www.lunar-occultations.co​m/iota/bstar/bstar.htm

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