Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The Astronomy Show 03.01.18

The Astronomy Show 03.01.18

Welcome to 2018 and to the first astronomy show of the new year. Today I will be trying to discover exactly what a Blue Moon is, why? because there will be a blue moon in January. There will also be not one but two super moons this month!

Our home planet is in the news today because at the moment the Earth is at its closest to the Sun for the year, yet we are in the middle of winter in Britain at the moment, I will try to explain what is going on. There will be a tour of the night sky now we are really into the winter observing season. 

The regular features include the A-Z of constellations, today looking at Lyra and the Messier marathon is now at M 52 in Cassiopeia. The astronomical scrapbook looks at what happened in history this week while there will be a quick look at  some of the astronomical and space flight highlights for 2018. This plus the round up of what is happening in the astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM every Wednesday between 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm, you can hear the programme on line at www.drystoneradio.com or you can hear the show on the drystone podcast.


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Astronomy Show 20.12.17

The Astronomy Show 20.12.17

The last astronomy show of 2017, I will be looking at what is going on with the Sun. Is it changing? Very small sunspot cycles and other effects have led astronomers to speculate the something might be going on within our local star, the Sun.

I will be looking at the night sky over the Christmas period including one of the most understudied meteor showers the Ursids which will peak on the night of December 21/22, normally only a few meteors are seen but this shower can and has produced surprisingly large numbers of meteors in the past.

The other regular features include the  Messier Marathon, today  looking at the Whirlpool Galaxy M 51. The A-Z of constellations by comparison is at the rather obscure constellation of Lynx. There will be the latest astronomy news plus the astronomical scrapbook looking at events that happened this week in astronomy including the Barwell Meteorite which landed on Christmas Eve 1965, and the famous bible reading by the crew Apollo 8 crew when they saw Earthrise from the Moon.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00 pm and 5 .00 pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5FM. You can hear the show on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the show later on the Drystone podcast.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Astronomy Show 29.11.17

The Astronomy Show 29.11.17


There will be a Super Moon on December 3rd, it is the closest full moon of the year and when it rises it will appear larger than normal, the Astronomy Show will be looking at exactly what is going on. In addition as it December full moon it will be the Before Yule Moon, I will explain more this afternoon.

The regular features include the latest astronomy new including the problems of light pollution increasing and that streaks on Martian hills might be dry flows rather than wet ones. There will be all the latest details of what can be seen in the night sky this week. The A-Z of constellations is in the zodiac today with Libra the Scales, the Messier Marathon is at M 49 in Virgo. The astronomical scrapbook looks at events that happened this week in history.  All this plus the round up of the news from astronomical societies in the north.

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


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Astronomy Show 22.11.17

The Astronomy Show 22.11.17

On the Astronomy Show today it is planet Earth that is in the news, I will be looking at new research that suggests that a tiny slow down in the speed of the Earth's rotation might be responsible for the increase in the number of earthquakes.

The regular features include visiting the constellation of Lepus the Hare in the A-Z of constellations, the Messier Marathon is now at M 48 in Hydra the Water Snake one of the famous 'missing' messier objects. There will be the astronomical news this week and we dive into the astronomical scrapbook looking at what happened this week in history including the first observation of a Transit of Venus and the discovery of a comet in York by Edward Pigott. There will of course also be our review of what is happening in the astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio every Wednesday from 3 00 pm to 5.00 pm on 103.5 FM you can hear me live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the show on the drystone podcast.


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.