The Space Show this week – Jan.4.2022

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome back Dr. Malcolm Davis from Australia. We will be discussing space in Australia, national security issues and more.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, Jan.  5, 2022; 1:00 pm PST (3:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm EST): Check the online schedule for the latest on the guest whom John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston will interview this week.

3. Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): We welcome back Marcia S. Smith of A great guest to start us out for the New Year. Don’t miss it.

4. Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): We welcome Dr. Anna Krylov from USC on the mixing of science and politics plus a look at peer review.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, Jan.2.2022 – An Open Lines program in which David led a “discussion with many phone calls and just a few emails on multiple topics“.

** Tuesday, Dec.28.2021Thomas A. Olson returned

for another year in review program mostly focusing on commercial space. We also talked some national security and planetary space news during the year, focused on the launch industry and talked about hot issues going into 2022.

** Sunday, Dec.26.2021Leonard David talked “about leading space news stories during the year and what to look for next year“.

** Wednesday, Dec.22.2021 – Hotel Mars – In this end of the year episode of Hotel Mars, John Batchelor and David Livingston

highlighted what we called out as top trends and guests during the year. John went for three trends including commercial activities, the ISS and SpaceX with Starship and Superheavy changing paradigms. I called out the guests we had on talking about what Earth would look like to a being on a distant exoplanet. In addition, I shouted out for Avi Loeb and his ET research regarding fast moving interstellar objects plus work only being tolerated due to his tenure status per his recent book which we discussed on Hotel Mars. Finally, I also shouted out for the commercial fusion industry and our fusion guest, Stephanie Thomas from Princeton Satellite Systems. This Hotel Mars program was one segment timing out at about 10.5 minutes.

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

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Night sky highlights for January 2022

** What’s Up: January 2022 Skywatching Tips from NASA – NASA JPL

What are some skywatching highlights in January 2022? Stargazing is at its best on the nights around the new moon, Jan. 2. Later that night, catch the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower. Then look for the Moon with Jupiter on Jan. 5, and with Mars and Venus on Jan. 29.

0:00 Intro
0:10 New Moon
0:30 Quadrantid meteors

1:28 Dusk / Dawn Highlights
2:28 Moon Phases

Additional information about topics covered in this episode of What’s Up, along with still images from the video, and the video transcript, are available at….

** Tonight’s Sky: January 2022Space Telescope Science InstituteTonight’s Sky

In January, the northern hemisphere features beautiful views of Capella, a pair of giant yellow stars; Aldebaran, a red giant star; and two star clusters—the Hyades and the Pleiades. Keep watching for the awe-inspiring space-based views of the Crab Nebula, the remains of a star that exploded as a supernova. About this Series “Tonight’s Sky” is a monthly video of constellations you can observe in the night sky. The series is produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of science operations for the Hubble Space Telescope, in partnership with NASA’s Universe of Learning. This is a recurring show, and you can find more episodes—and other astronomy videos—at

** What to see in the night sky: November 2021BBC Sky at Night Magazine

What can you see in the night sky tonight? Astronomers Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel reveal the best night-sky highlights to observe throughout January 2022.

** What’s in the Night Sky June 2021 #WITNS | Comet Leonard | Quadrantid Meteor Shower Alyn Wallace

** Night Sky Notebook March 2021Peter Detterline

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