Tuesday, 22 May 2018

No Astronomy Show on 23.05.18

No astronomy Show on 23.05.18

I will be taking my planetarium into a school on Wednesday 23rd May which means that there will be no Astronomy Show on  this day.  I will be back on Wednesday 30th May.




Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Astronomy Show 16.05.18

The Astronomy Show 16.05.18


On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at the latest evidence that suggests there might be water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa. And again its the Hubble Space Telescope that has spotted them. However this evidence has been complemented by information from a probe that visited Jupiter 20 years ago, the Galileo mission. I will be exploring what's going on.

There will be the regular tour of what can be seen in the night sky during the next 7 nights, together with a look at a constellation in the spring sky, today Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair). The A-Z of constellations reaches probably the most spectacular of all constellations, Orion the Hunter. The Messier marathon is at M61 another of the Virgo galaxies.

The latest astronomy news includes NASA's helicopter for Mars, the 'lost' asteroid that near missed us yesterday May 15th, and the exiled asteroid from our solar system. The astronomical scrapbook looks at astronomical history this week including in 1882 the first comet to be discovered during an eclipse of the Sun using photography. This plus the regulr round up of what is going on in the astronomical societies in the north of England.

The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio 103.5FM every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. The  show can be heard on live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or you can listen later on the drystone podcast.

  

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Astronomy Show 09.05.18

The Astronomy Show 09.05.18

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at how our solar sysytem formed. Until recently it was assumed that the solar system formed in a fairly orderly way from a cloud of dust and gas. Now however evidence suggests that the early early period of the solar system's formation was chaos and mayhem. If you want to find out more tune in to the show today.

There will be the regular look at what can be seen in the night sky during  the next seven nights. The A-Z of constellations has now reached the large but faint summer constellation of Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder. The Messier Marathon today is a double bill looking at the galalxies M59 and M60 which are so close together in Virgo that it made sense to do them together.

The latest astronomy news includes the launch of the InSight mission to Mars and that the pop singer Ariana Grande likes the planet Neptune a little bit more than Jupiter! The Astronomical Scrapbook looks  at what happened this week in history including in 1861 the birth of the Austarlian astronomer John Tebbut and  in 1866 the discovery of the star T Corona Borealis the 'Blaze Star'. This plus the usual round up of what is going on in the astronomical societies in the north during the next week.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00pm and 5.00pm, only on Drystone Radio 103.5FM, you can hear the show live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the show later on the Drystone Podcast.


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The Astronomy Show 02.05.18

The Astronomy Show 02.05.18

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at how the DAWN mission which has been exploring the dwarf planet Ceres which is located in the Asteroid Belt between the planets Mars and Jupiter  has been shedding light on our knowledge of asteroids. Ceres was referred to as an asteroid until 2006 when it was  re-classified as a dwarf planet.

There will be the regular tour around the night sky during the next few days. The latest astronomy news will include the sunspots that are vanishing much faster than expected, and the new star map with 1.7 billion stars.

The A-Z of constellations reaches Octans the Octant an obsure constellation in the southern sky which is noteable only because it contains the faint South Pole Star, while the Messier Marathon has reached M58 in Virgo. Our look into the astronomical scrapabook this week includes the brightest supernova star ever seen in this galaxy and the closest comet to pass the Earth in 200 years. All this plus the round up of news from astronomy societies in the north of England.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00pm - 5.00pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5FM, you can hear the show live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or listen later using the Drystone Radio Podcast.


 


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Astronomy Show 25.04.18

The Astronomy Show 25.04.18

On today's programme I will be looking at the new list of names giving by the International Astronomical Union for features on one of the largest objects in the Kuiper Belt,Charon the largest moon of Pluto. The Pluto- Charon system was visited by the New Horizons mission in the summer of 2016 and is now on its way deeper into the Kuiper Belt to visit asteroid Mu69 on January 1st 2019.

I will be taking a look at what can be seen in the night sky over the next week including a focus on the constellation of Virgo, other regular features include the latest astronomy news including the idea that a giant impact created the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, some rare Blue Aurora have been seen , and did you know that Uranus smells like rotten eggs.

The A-Z of constellations is at the obscure Norma the Level in the southern hemisphere but to compensatefor this  the Messier Marathon has now reached M57 the Ring Nebula. The astroniomical scrapbook will be looking at highlights from history this week including the launch of the first all British satellite, Ariel 1. This plus a round up of the latest news from the astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, every Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm -5.00pm.  You can listen live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the show later on the Drystone podcast.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Astronomy Show 18.04.18

The Astronomy Show 18.04.18

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at NASA's new TESS satellite, TESS stands for
Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite which has been rescheduled for launch today to look for planets around other stars and in particular at red dwarf stars, however in a paper published at the European Astronomical Society in Liverpool recently there are doubts about life surviving on such palnest due to the nature of flares seen on red dwarf stars. So is the satellite looking at the wrongs stars?

All the regular features will be on the show today including looking at what can be seen in the night sky during the next seven nights, including the first of the spring meteor showers the Lyrids, this plus  the astronomy news including another asteroid near miss and it was a whopper!! The A-Z of constellations looks at the southern sky to Musca the Fly which started life as a Bee! The Messier Marathon has now reached M56 in Lyra. The astronomical scrapbook takes a look at what happened in astronomical history this week. This plus the news from the astronomical societies of the north of England.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm - 5.00p only on Drystone Radio 103.5FM, you can hear the show live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the show later on the Drystone podcast .   


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Astronomy Show 11.04.18

The Astronomy Show 11.04.18

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at cosmic rays, they are bad and they are getting worse, what could this mean for us today and in the future, I will try to find out what is going on.

I will be looking at the night sky this week including a closer look at  Leo, one of the most imporatnt of the spring constellations. There will of course be the regular A-Z of constellations, today we are at Monoceros the Unicorn. The Messier Marathon is at M55 in Sagittarius one of the most southerly of the messier objects.

There other regular features include  the astronomy news this week plus what happened in astronomy history this week in the past, this plus a round up of what is happening with the astroonmical sociteies in the north.

The Astronmomy Show every Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm-5.00pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5FM, you can hear the the show live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or listen later on the Drystone podcast.