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/
Space X is going to SPLASH DOWN on Sunday! Their Dragon capsule has been up there orbiting the planet for two months, so its time to come home. Endeavor Voyages Home! How exciting! How awesome! And you can bet LD and Jonathan are really looking forward to it! Wait, what? You’re like Sam and have no idea what’s going on? Well, tune in! https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-dragon-demo-2-test-flight-explained.html https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public
Space X just launched a giant tin can into space! Well, if you’re going to over simplify things, that is. But to get to this point there’s a LOT of history and backstory. Which, hey, Jonathan is happily going to be talking about! AMERICA RETURNS TO SPACE Fun, additional reading: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/29/tech/spacex-nasa-launch-may-30-scn/index.html https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/todays-the-day-weather-permitting-america-is-returning-to-space/ https://www.space.com/spacex-demo2-nasa-astronaut-launch-success.html https://www.npr.org/2020/05/30/864514995/spacex-and-nasa-try-once-more-to-launch-astronauts
A tech reporter from Ananadtech did research finding that one smartphone company’s fast-recharge tech ages your battery prematurely. Wowzers! How do you keep your laptop, phone, and tablet batteries going for a long time? The Battery Episode Taking care of your laptop batteries! https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-care-for-your-laptops-battery/ Laptop batteries have a lifespan of X-many power cycles (0%-100%). Going from 100% to 0% is one power cycle. Going from 100% to 50% is half a power cycle. Cycles are like mileage. As the battery gets older and has more cycles, it starts holding less charge per cycle. Using your laptop’s more power efficient settings will help you get more mileage out of each charge. Windows Battery Saver – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/component-guidelines/battery-saver Windows Power Slider – https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/windows-10-give-power-slider-optimize-speed-battery Mac Energy Saver – https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202824 Shutting down programs or suspending services (like cloud services), wifi, etc., when not in use will help extend battery life. Reducing screen brightness will help as well. Nickel-Metal hydride (NiMH) versus Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Old NiMH batteries used to develop “memories,” where they would not fully charge. This was a problem with the tech at the time. Li-Ion doesn’t have this problem. You do NOT have to completely discharge the battery before recharging a Li-Ion. Best practice is currently getting down to maybe 20% or so before recharging. You CAN keep Li-Ion batteries plugged in as power management is better now, and the device should stop charging once it hits 100%. Keeping it comfortable. Batteries do not like to get hot! If you’re doing resource heavy work, be sure to give your …
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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?
Last week we graded ourselves on our 2019 predictions. We nearly broke 60% right as a group, but not quite. Predictions 2020 – Part 1 How will we do this year?
Mercury will be passing between the Sun and the Earth! Are you ready for this? We talk with our astronomical guests Dr. Armstrong, Dr. She, and Tag! Transit of Mercury! https://www.space.com/32819-mercury-transit-how-to-watch-safely-equipment.html https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-blogs/imaging-foundations-richard-wright/how-safely-photograph-sun/
UH Maui is having a little astronomy event on-campus in Kahului! Join Dr. Armstrong, Dr. She, and Tag from the Kihei Charter School Astronomy Club for this fun time! UH Maui Astronomy! Join us Thursday, November 14th 2019, 6pm til 9pm! For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com