Today NASA is testing the engines of their SLS (Space Launch System) booster rocket. BIG Rocket Test! This is the biggest test for the project. Its being livestreamed, NASA is recording TERABYTES of test data, and Jonathan could NOT resist talking about it! Whoot! Space Launch System | NASA Space Launch System – Wikipedia WATCH LIVE: NASA test-fires SLS megarocket for moon missions (msn.com) SLS: Nasa’s ‘megarocket’ set to fire up engines in crucial test – BBC News
Its a new year and we’re looking ahead! 2021 in Astronomy! Well, we’re looking up, to be more specific. Dr. Armstrong from the UH Institute for Astronomy is joining us this show! Plan on viewing those meteor showers, full moons, and more ahead of time! The top astronomical events to look forward to in 2021, from ‘supermoons’ to eclipses | The Seattle Times 2021 Astronomical Calendar: Full Moons, Meteor Showers, and Eclipses to Watch for This Year | Travel + Leisure (travelandleisure.com) 2021 astronomy calendar: When to see full moons, planets, eclipses and meteor showers – CNN
Our favorite astronomer is back! What are we talking about? OSIRIS REX! Osiris-Rex! https://www.asteroidmission.org/ https://www.theverge.com/2020/10/29/21540873/nasa-osiris-rex-spacecraft-asteroid-sample-bennu-storage-success Also, for the really adventurous out there? We had a caller asking about Linux on Android! Whoo! Now, that said, this is for advanced users who are ready to write off a whole tablet in case things go south. https://beebom.com/install-linux-on-dex/ https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/10/samsung-linux-dex-cancelled https://linuxonandroid.com/ https://hackaday.com/2020/10/07/linux-fu-the-linux-android-convergence/
Scumbag jerky hackers and ransom-ware. We hates them. Hostageware on the rise And yet, they don’t go away! So, what happened this time? https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/10/us-government-warns-of-imminent-ransomware-attacks-against-hospitals/ https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hospitals-being-hit-in-coordinated-targeted-ransomware-attack-from-russian-speaking-criminals/ar-BB1auEpi?ocid=uxbndlbing https://www.zdnet.com/article/first-death-reported-following-a-ransomware-attack-on-a-german-hospital/ Also, if you saw the lights in the Maui sky the other night but don’t know what they were? https://mauinow.com/2020/10/25/cluster-of-mysterious-lights-observed-across-maui/
A Talk with Doc Armstrong – Part 1 Its one of our favorite times of the year when Dr. Armstrong joins us to talk SPACE! And in particular? Starlink! 30,000 satellites providing internet around the world sounds great, but how does that affect astronomy? https://www.starlink.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink https://heavens-above.com https://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/satellites/spacex-confident-about-its-starlink-constellation-for-satellite-internet-others-not-so-much
A Talk with Doc Armstrong – Part 2 Meteors zoom by us all the time! But many? And how close do they get? https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/solar-system/a33644295/asteroid-earth-closest-recorded-flyby/ https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/asteroids-comets-and-meteors/meteors-and-meteorites/overview/?page=0&per_page=40&order=id+asc&search=&condition_1=meteor_shower%3Abody_type https://astronomy.com/news/2018/07/tracking-asteroids https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan-STARRS https://fallingstar.com/home.php Side note: If you want a piece of space-rock, you might want to check out Big Kahuna Meteorites on eBay! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelyabinsk_meteor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_event https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/asteroids-comets-and-meteors/comets/oumuamua/in-depth/
President Trump signed an executive order concerning TikTok and its owner ByteDance, plus Wechat and parent company Tencent. But on top of that? Their subsidiaries and companies they have a business interest in might be affected too! TikTok and slippery slopes Join Jonathan, LD, Sam and special guest Danno! https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-tiktok/ https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-wechat/ For more reading: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/trump-plans-tiktok-wechat-ban-declares-apps-national-emergency/ https://www.pcgamer.com/every-game-company-that-tencent-has-invested-in/ https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/7/21358252/tencent-wechat-ban-trump-executive-order-consequences https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/beware-of-find-my-phone-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-nsa-tells-mobile-users/ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/centre-bans-59-mobile-apps-including-tik-tok-uc-browser-others/articleshow/76694828.cms#:~:text=India%20Business%20News%3A%20The%20government%20of%20India%20on,apps%20terming%20them%20to%20be%20prejudicial%20to%20the https://www.zdnet.com/article/pentagon-bans-military-from-using-devices-with-gps/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-mostly-and-love-my-threat-model/
“You can’t be here anymore! Nyah!” Deplatforming! What is deplatforming? What is going on? Who is doing it? Join Jonathan, LD, Sam and special guest Danno as we talk about this pretty hot topic!
Fake news. Fake News! Or is it? Whether we like it or not, its now a part of our cultural landscape, just like annoying reality TV shows and pop songs that get stuck in your head. “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” ~H.L. Mencken Newsguard, one of our favorite plugins, is getting a subscription. It might be worth checking out. And some fun links to help examine your thinking: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ https://yourbias.is/ The podcast and the Wednesday replay is brought to you by Audible! Get a free audiobook and 30-day trial at http://www.audibletrial.com/MauiOnline !
Today’s show we’ve got our favorite local astronomer, Dr. JD! And what are we talking about? Astronomy 2020 with Dr. Armstrong! – Part 1 Links we mention: Betelguse! Betelguse! Betelguse! There’s also a story about Dark Matter! Spitzer! Not as famous as Hubble, but still quite awesome! What is the Precession of Mercury?