Podcast #38: Dr Pieter Kotzé at ScopeX 2018
Allen Versfeld | Urban Astronomer
Episode 38 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast features a recording of a public lecture on space weather, by Dr Pieter Kotze of the South African National Space Agency
A 2018 Outburst From the December Andromedids?
David Dickinson | Universe Today
A relatively obscure meteor shower may put on a surprise performance in early December 2018. Chances are, you’ve never heard of the Andromedids, though it’s worth keeping an eye out for these swift-moving meteors over the next week.
The shower was actually the source of some of the great meteor storm outbursts of the late 19th century, with zenithal hourly rates topping 15,000 (!) in 1885 and 6,000 in 1892. The source of the shower is thought to be the defunct Comet 3D/Biela, and you sometimes see the Andromedids listed as the ‘Bielids’ in older astronomical texts. In 2018, the radiant of the shower has…
There Could be Hundreds of Interstellar Asteroids and Comets in the Solar System Right Now That we Could Study
Matt Williams | Universe Today
On October 19th, 2017, the first interstellar object – named 1I/2017 U1 (aka. ‘Oumuamua) ...