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Last Minute Astronomer - December 2023

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Release Date: 12/02/2023

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The 365 Days of Astronomy

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 708: What Goes Into Sample Return Missions From Asteroids & Comets? show art Astronomy Cast Ep. 708: What Goes Into Sample Return Missions From Asteroids & Comets?

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Travelers in the Night Eps. 241E & 242E: Lunar Village & Blinded show art Travelers in the Night Eps. 241E & 242E: Lunar Village & Blinded

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Awesome Astronomy - Ep. 140: Giant European Space Lasers! show art Awesome Astronomy - Ep. 140: Giant European Space Lasers!

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The 365 Days of Astronomy

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Actual Astronomy - Astronomy Books show art Actual Astronomy - Astronomy Books

The 365 Days of Astronomy

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Astronomy Cast Ep. 707: What Goes Into A Sample Return Mission? Moon & Mars show art Astronomy Cast Ep. 707: What Goes Into A Sample Return Mission? Moon & Mars

The 365 Days of Astronomy

Streamed live on Feb 5, 2024. We’ve sent robots to other worlds, but the amount of science we can deploy to another planet can’t compare with the vast science labs we have on Earth. That’s why more and more missions are for a sample return, bringing pieces of alien worlds back to Earth, where we study them with proper equipment.   This video was made possible by the following Patreon members: Jordan Young BogieNet Stephen Veit ( rhymes with right) Jeanette Wink Siggi Kemmler Andrew Poelstra Brian Cagle David Truog Ed David Gerhard Schwarzer THANK YOU! - Fraser and Dr. Pamela  ...

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Travelers in the Night Eps. 239E & 240E - Fresh Lunar Crater & The King show art Travelers in the Night Eps. 239E & 240E - Fresh Lunar Crater & The King

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Dr. Al Grauer hosts. Dr. Albert D. Grauer ( ) is an observational asteroid hunting astronomer. Dr. Grauer retired from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006. Today's 2 topics: - The moon is being hit by objects in the present epoch. Fresh lunar craters tell us about objects which enter the Earth-Moon system. - Jupiter protects us as well as directs some objects our way. Jupiter, the king of our solar system, has provided us with a place to stand and air to breathe.   We've added a new way to donate to 365 Days of Astronomy to support editing, hosting, and production...

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Some slight changes to Saturn and Jupiter in the sky, the start of a big change for Venus, and even more rocks fall from the sky this December here on the Last Minute Astronomer, bringing astronomy to normies and nerds, with little time to spare.  Let’s start by talking about the naked eye planets visible this month, the lunar phases, and then the meteor shower and other events, so you can plan ahead better than me. 

 

13th/14th – Geminid Meteor Shower – A VERY good year for this shower, as there is only a thin crescent Moon which sets early.  So get out there and take advantage of the possible 100 meteors per hour!  

When? Really, any time of the night is good, though the closer you are to dawn on the 14th, the better.

Where do I look? The whole sky, but note Gemini is where the radiant is - where the meteors will appear to be coming from. Gemini will be in the East after sunset, South after midnight, West in the morning.

But be well prepared…

  • Commit yourself to staying out at least 20 minutes.
  • Find a dark location and lie down in a reclining chair or hammock
  • Check the weather to see if the skies will be clear 
  • Adapt your eyes to the dark by staying away from light sources or using a red light if you need to look at a star chart or not trip over something.  
  • You never know when a nice meteor will burn up, so take a nice look at the sky in general, noting that the meteors will appear to go from the radiant and outward.
  • Dress warmly! Layers!

 

We've added a new way to donate to 365 Days of Astronomy to support editing, hosting, and production costs. 

Just visit: https://www.patreon.com/365DaysOfAstronomy and donate as much as you can!

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