Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Astronomy Show 24.05.17

The Astronomy Show 24.05.17

Today on the Astronomy Show I  will be looking at the North Star I mention it each week but I thought it was a good idea to take a closer look at this most important star.

It is tough looking at the sky this time of year because it is very late before it becomes dark and that period of darkness will continue to get shorter over the next few weeks, but there is still lots to see as I will explain on the show.

The news stories this week include details of the survey of the dusty ring surrounding the star Fomalhaut, with so many new planets being found other stars astronomers are now trying to figure out  how to classify them, and most of the dwarf planets seem to have moons!

A supernova bright enough to be seen in reasonable size telescopes has been discovered in the past few days, bright supernova are rare I will have the details.

The A-Z of the constellations and the Messier Marathon both look at the same constellation, this week its  Cygnus and M 29. The astronomical scrapbook looks at anniversaries including the death of Nicholas Copernicus in 1543. There will also be the weekly review of what astronomical societies in the north are doing. This plus a little bit of my music I like.

The Astronomy Show with Martin Lunn on Drystone Radio on 103.5 FM listen on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the show on the podcast.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Astronomy Show 10.05.17

The Astronomy Show 10.05.17

The Astronomy Show this week will be looking at the X-37B space plane mission. It seems to have been a 2 year mission clouded in secrecy, the conspiracy theories are going into overdrive. However the official line is that the X-37B was used to test new systems for the future. With that in mind I thought it would be a good idea to look at future missions to explore the solar system.

The A-Z of constellations has reached Crater the Cup and the Messier Marathon is now at M 27 the Dumbell nebula. The solar system ramble has reached Pluto and the dwarf planets. There will be the latest astronomical news including the Martian New Year celebrations that happened on May 5th, or maybe you missed that one!! The astronomical scrapbook will be looking at astronomical events in  history this week, plus the round up of events in astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM listen on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the programme on the Drystone Radio podcast.


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The Astronomy Show 03.05.17

The Astronomy Show 03.05.17

On the Astronomy Show this week I will be looking at an event which happened about 14,500 years ago when the last ice age finished and ask, Did a comet hit the Earth and push the humans into a technological overdrive? If you want to find out more listen to the show today.

As this is the first show of the month I will be taking a look at the night sky for May. The night sky this week is still dominated by the planet Jupiter, which is the bright white spot in the evening sky. Jupiter will be around for the rest of spring.

The regular features include the astronomy news with the latest from Cassini at Saturn, the A-Z of constellations continues with Corvus the Crow. The Messier Marathon is now at M 26 in Scutum. The ramble through the solar system has now reached  Neptune the most distant planet from the Sun. There will also be the astronomical scrapbook plus the latest news from the northern astronomical societies.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, you can also hear the show live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or listen to show on the podcast via the Drystone Radio web site.




Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Astronomy Show 26.04.17

The Astronomy Show 26.04.17

On the Astronomy Show this week I will be looking at the close encounter of the Cassini kind as the NASA  probe dives between the atmosphere of Saturn and the rings. The results should be fantastic but it is dangerous. Find out why this afternoon.

I am starting a new monthly feature I will be taking a flick through the pages of the two main British astronomical magazines Astronomy Now and Sky at Night as they become available towards the end of each month to see what they are featuring.

The regular features of the show include the A-Z of constellations this week Corona Borealis the Northern Crown while the Messier marathon continues with M 25 in Sagittarius.The astronomical scrapbook looks at what happened this week in history astronomically speaking. This together with details of astronomy meetings in the North.

The Astronomy Show with Martin Lunn every Wednesday afternoon on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM or listen on line at www.drystoneradio.com or even hear the show on the podcast.





Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Astronomy Show 19.04.17

Astronomy Show 19.04.17

Assuming that the astronomers have got heir calculations right and the asteroid 2014 JO25 does miss the Earth, I will be presenting the Astronomy Show today.

I will be looking at the crowded space around the Earth with all the satellites either working or non working and the thousands of  small pieces  of satellites that are now causing great problems for people trying to place more satellites including communications satellites in orbit around the Earth. All the suggestions are that there will be vast numbers launched in the near future.

The astronomical scrapbook will be looking at the anniversary of the death of John Goodricke in 1786 he was one of the 'Fathers of Variable Star Astronomy', plus the Titanic eclipse, an annular eclipse of the Sun a few days after the Titanic sunk.

The Messier Marathon continues with M 24 in Sagittarius, the A-Z of constellations takes us to Corona Australis, the ramble around the solar system continues with Saturn the famous ringed planet, this plus the latest astronomy news and a round up of what is going on in the astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, if you can't pick up the show on the radio you can also hear me on line at www.drystoneradio.com or listen to the programme on the podcast.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Astronomy Show 12.04.17

The Astronomy Show 12.04.17

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at the Plough or Big Dipper as our American friends prefer to call it. It is high overhead in the spring sky and of course it is one of the main signposts in the sky for for finding our way around the night sky.

The night sky is now being dominated by Jupiter, the largest planet,  it is also the next planet on our journey through the solar system.

The usual features will continue the A-Z of constellations this week looking at Coma Berenices, the Messier Marathon continues with M23 in Sagittarius. The latest astronomy news includes news that there is another asteroid passing by the Earth on April 19th, it will miss us by about 1 million miles which is just as well as it is about 1 miles across.

The astronomical scrapbook looking at historical events this week in history will include the death of Charles Messier on April 12th 1817. There will also be the usual look at what is happening in the astronomy societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show with Martin Lunn on Drystone Radio 103.5 from 3.00 pm - 5. 00 pm every Wednesday afternoon. You can listen on line at www.drystoneradio.com or catch the programme on the podcast.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Egg Moon

The Egg Moon

This has nothing at all to do with Easter Eggs!

We see a full moon each month of the year. The April full moon occurs on April 11th. They all have  their own names, these can be linked to seasonal changes and can be dated back to the monastic period of history from the 8th century.



April sees with the lengths of daylight increasing and the temperature getting warmer, which means people who keep free range Ducks,Hens and Geese will see them start to lay more eggs.

The monks would have kept these birds and would have been aware that April would have seen the increase in the number of eggs being laid, hence the name of the April Full Moon, the Egg Moon!