Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Astronomy Show 15.11.17

The Astronomy Show 15.11.17

It's back! The Astronomy Show on Drystone Radio, I have been away for the last few weeks lecturing on a cruise ship in the Arctic Circle where we have be looking  for and seeing some incredible Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights plus I have been doing my normal work with my planetarium in schools teaching astronomy to children.

However back to the hear and now, on Wednesday I will be taking a close look at the Kuiper Belt and discovering what we know about it and what we still have to find out.

I will be taking a look at what is happening in the night sky this week including explaining what happened with  the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in the morning sky, it was seen by lots of people.

The latest astronomy news includes features on the star that would not die and that the James Webb telescope launch has now been put back until 2019. This week's Messier Marathon is an  amazing double serving with M46 and M47 in Canis Major, by comparison the A-Z of constellations is at Leo Minor which is very faint and obscure group. The astronomical scrapbook this week includes the birth of William Herschel,  Mariner 9 the first probe to enter orbit around a planet and the first  entry in John Goodricke's diary. This plus all the latest news from the astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoons between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm only on Drystone Radio, 103.5 FM or listen live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or catch the show on the drystone podcast.



 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Astronomy Show 04.10.17

The Astronomy Show 04.10.17

The Astronomy Show has been a bit disrupted recently with my work schedule, the last two weeks taken up with me working in schools with my Stardome planetarium and I shall be in the Arctic Circle for a fair part of October lecturing on-board a cruise ship on various astronomy subjects including the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights. I will be back on Wednesday November 1st.

However on today's programme I will be looking at the autumn sky, October is the best time to look for the autumnal constellations the transition from summer to autumn is pretty well complete.

In the astronomy news there are lots of stories about asteroids and meteors, plus news of a comet that is the furthest active comet ever seen by astronomers, it could be a monster when it arrives in the inner solar system. 

The astronomy scrapbook is dominated by the anniversary of the beginning of the space age with the launch of Sputnik, the A-Z of constellations is at Leo one of the more spectacular constellations of the spring sky while the Messier marathon has now reached M 45 the Pleiades or Seven Sisters. This plus all the news from the astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday (usually) between 3 pm and 5 pm on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, listen on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the show on the podcast.




Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The Astronomy Show 13.09.17

The Astronomy Show 13.09.17

On the Astronomy Show today I will be investigating the Sun, there have been 7 massive flares on the Sun in just 7 days and this is during solar minimum, there should not be this kind of activity. So what is going on?

I will be looking at the night sky this week with the centre of attention moving to the morning sky when there will a dance of the planets with Mercury and Mars passing each other in the sky just before the Sun rises. There will be a much closer look at the constellation Lyra with its bright star Vega being one of the stars of the summer triangle, plus an update on everything else we can see in the sky this week.

The regular features include the A-Z  of constellations this week Lacerta the Lizard another small modern constellation but with a few surprises. The Messier marathon reaches M 44 the Beehive in Cancer. The astronomical scrapbook includes the anniversary of one of the greatest nights in variable star history when two new variable stars were discovered in York in 1784 and the Ulysses probe reached the south pole of the Sun. The latest astronomy news including the discovery of Boron on Mars which is more evidence that Mars could have hosted life in the distant past.  This plus the news from the astronomy societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM listen on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the show on the podcast.


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The Astronomy Show 06.09.17

The Astronomy Show 06.09.17

On the Astronomy Show this week I will be looking at the discovery of a nova that occurred over
600 years ago and has been discovered in Chinese and Korean astronomical records. The location of the star has been discovered by astronomers who are now able to study a 600 year long time line for a nova.

There will be the regular weekly features, looking at the night sky this week and with the longer nights starting to make themselves felt  I will be taking a closer look at the three constellations where we find the summer triangle of stars beginning this week with Cygnus as Deneb is virtually overhead at the moment .

The other regular features include the latest astronomy news,in  the A-Z of constellations this week I will be looking at Indus the Indian another modern but faint constellation, to make up for this the Messier Marathon reaches M42 the Orion Nebula one of the most spectacular sights in the sky. The astronomical scrapbook looks at events that happened this week in history including the landing of Viking 2 on Mars in 1976 and the great meteor event of 1511. This plus what's happening in the astronomy societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00 - 500 pm, the show can be heard live at www.drystoneradio.com or listen to the  show on the Drystone Radio Podcast.


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The Astronomy Show 30.08.17

The Astronomy Show 30.08.17

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at a report that says scientists have discovered that some stars in the Pleiades or seven sisters seem to be varying in brightness, the Pleiades are an easily seen feature in the winter sky.  I was observing the seven sisters back in the 1980s and it was clear then that something was going on in this cluster!

There will be the regular weekly look at the night sky including a look at the stars that are circumpolar in this country, circumpolar stars never set as seen from Britain.

The astronomical scrapbook which looks at astronomical anniversaries this week and  includes the Great Carrington Solar Flare in 1859 which destroyed communications around the world  and the launch of Mariner 2 the first probe to Mercury.

The latest astronomy news features the beginning of the Aurora season and the revival of the Phoenicid meteor shower. The A-Z of constellations is now at Hydrus the Lesser Snake while the Messier marathon is visiting M 41 in Canis Major. All this plus the latest astronomy news from the northern astronomical societies.

The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or listen later on the Drystone podcast.




Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The Astronomy Show 23.08.17

The Astronomy Show 23.08.17

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at the news that NASA scientists have discovered that Mars may experience snowstorms at night. We have snowstorms here on Earth but they can occur both in the day and night, I will be looking further into this latest news.

I will be taking the regular look at the night sky this week now all the excitement of the solar eclipse has passed,  I watched it on NASA TV and it was just incredible.

The other normal features include the latest astronomy news including  the NASA mission to study the Sun, and a white dwarf that may have survived a supernova explosion. The A-Z of constellations has now reached Hydra which although the largest constellation is not the brightest and has only one brightish star, the Messier Marathon continues with M 40 which is not even a nebula or cluster!

The astronomy scrapbook looks at events this week in history including  lots of voyager anniversaries, plus the great Moon hoax. This and the latest events at the astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM with Martin Lunn every Wednesday afternoon between 3 pm and 5 pm, listen on line at www.drystoneradio.com  or hear the programme on the podcast.


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Astronomy Show 16.08.17

The Astronomy Show 16.08.17

Everyone has been talking about it the Great American Eclipse of the Sun which will occur on August 21st and will be seen from the West Coast to the East Coast, sadly we can't see it in Britain but on the  Astronomy Show I will be looking at exactly what an eclipse of the Sun is how it happens and what astronomers can learn, plus the mythology attached to what is probably the most spectacular event that can be seen in the sky.

There will be the weekly look at the night sky and a report on the Perseid meteor shower, despite the brightness of the Moon I was able to see some meteors.

The regular features include the A-Z of constellations which this week looks at Horologium the Pendulum Clock a southern constellation which is faint and obscure. The Messier Marathon is now at M 39 an open cluster in Cygnus.

The latest astronomy news will be featured plus the astronomical scrapbook which looks at astronomical anniversaries this week, and all the news from the astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday from 3 p to 5 pm with Martin Lunn only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, you can listen on line at www.drystoneradio.com or catch the show later on the podcast.