Posts Tagged ‘asteroid’

Triple-Treat SkyWatching This Week!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

This week’s night sky offers a solar system triple-treat, with the Geminid meteor shower on Wednesday night/Thursday morning (12/13-12/14) – a close grouping of Jupiter, Mars, and the crescent Moon on Thursday morning (12/14) – and a near-Earth pass of the Geminids’ source, 3200 Phaethon, on Saturday night (12/16).



Geminids, NASA/JPL

The Geminids; so-called because the shower appears to radiate from constellation Gemini; is a typically prolific event, with frequent fireballs and peak rates of dozens of meteors per hour – and the  meteors, themselves, are bright and often leave long trails. This year’s event should be especially fruitful, with a morning crescent moon offering darker skies for better viewing. has already reported 40+ fireballs in the past three days, so peak night could be especially exciting. UPDATE: reported 475 Geminid fireballs, as of 12/14!


YorkUniverse Show Notes – 26 March 2013 – The Sequester walks the Planck

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Show Notes for the 26th of March 2013 (GMT)

Hosts: Paul, Jesse, Lianne
Title: The Sequester Walks The Planck

A little extra time on the show tonight allowed us to pontificate on the political strife in the United States. The sequestration has caused a massive amount of public funding cuts, including NASA public outreach and education. Of course, the Planck Telescope delivers its news with big bang; the Universe is slightly older than we once thought. Paul, ‘the dean,’ gripes over his failing Aussie cricket team (but mostly off-air). Astronomy Night in Canada starts with York Universe, thanks for listening! See our show notes and podcast below.


The*SkyGuide: Asteroid Apophis Risk Update

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

I’m passing on an inter-office memo that folks may find interesting…  For those who don’t know this particular rock, 99942 Apophis is a near-Earth asteroid that caused a brief period of concern in 2004 because initial observations indicated a probability of up to 2.7% that it would strike the Earth in 2029.  While the chance of an impact in 2029 has not been ruled out, we’re still unable to rule out with certainty that will remain the case in later orbits.


AFM’s Event^Horizon! 2011.11.05: Close Encounters / Space Dust to Asteroids

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

On “The Event^Horizon!” hosts Nick Evetts and Marty Kunz are joined by Astronomy.FM’s newest SkyGuide – John Schroer (former Planetarium Director of  the Detroit Science Center, and host of the TV show “Astronomy for Everyone”)  Tonight:

  • Discussion about the giant and active sunspot group approaching the Sun’s meridian
  • Asteroid 2005 YU55’s visibility as it screams past the Earth next week
  • Meteor watching via radio
  • A night of planets.

Links discussed in tonight’s show:

AFM Classic Podcast: “GRAS Spotlight – Andrew Lowe”

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

In an effort to publish past programs as podcasts, we are making available an interview with minor planet hunter Andrew Lowe from February 1, 2010. He is interviewed by AFM*Radio SkyGuide Marleen Bryan. (more…)