Walkabout the Galaxy
meteor shower; archeoastronomy; ancient aurorae
Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physics
The title has nothing to do with the episode except what could be more fundamental than simply measuring how far away something is? The astroquarks tackle this deceptively complex question on cosmological scales as well as the origins of meteor showers and archeoastronomy of ancient aurorae.
While the International Astronomical Union may not consider Quadrans Muralis to be a constellation, the IAU does not have the greatest reputation when it comes to categorizing what gets to be called what. Am I right Pluto? Le Mural, its original nom du ciel, is home to the radiant of the Quadrantids, bringing you a meteor shower of origin from near-Earth object and extinct comet 2003 EH1. While they may not be as flashy as those easy cometary showers such as the Perseids, the Quadrantids are the only meteor shower to boast a home in a banished and forgotten constellation, Quadrans Muralis. The Mural, now subsumed by the silly-ly-named Boötes, is happy to bring you the annual Quadrantids meteor shower and this episode of Walkabout the Galaxy.
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Colwell, Joshua; Dove, Adrienne; and Cooney, James, "Hashtag Fundamental" (2020). Walkabout the Galaxy Podcast. 101.