Monday, 24 February 2020

The Astronomy Show 24.02.20

The Astronomy Show 24.02.20

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at news that China's Yutu 2 mission to the far side of the |Moon has been making some strange and fascinating discoveries.

I will look at the night sky for the next 7 nights plus I will take an early look at the night sky for March.

Some of the other news stories this week include Mars InSight Lander's Heat Probe has been stuck for a year-but NASA has a new plan, Jupiter water mystery updated with findings from NASA Juno spacecraft, and  Saturn's moon Titan just failed a key test for alien life.

The astronomical scrapbook this week looks at the Black Saturday eclipse of 1582, in 1943 H D Taylor died he invented the Cooke portrait lens and in 1504 an eclipse of the Moon helped Columbus come back safely from the Carribbean. All this plus the usual round up of what is happening in the astronomical societies in the North of England.

The Astronomy Show every Monday evening between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM. The show can be heard live at www.drystoneradio.com or you can hear the show later on the Drystone Radio podcast


Due to a variety of factors including hospital visits the next Astronomy Show is scheduled for Monday April 6th.


Monday, 17 February 2020

The Astronomy Show 17.02.20

The Astronomy Show 17.02.20

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at news that the asteroid Pallas has a violent cratered past according to the latest news from astronomers.

I will look at the night sky for the next 7 nights including having a closer look at some of the winter constellations that can be seen at their best at this time of year.

Some of the other news stories includes details of how the Jet Stream at the moment is reducing the amount of aviaition radiation that people are exposed to, plus news that astroomers watched a newly found asteroid go past the Earth and then discovered that it had a Moon!!

 The astronomical scrapbook which looks at events that happened this week in history includes in 1930 the discovery of Pluto, and in 1962 the launch of Friendship 7 with John Glenn on board who became the first American to orbit the Earth. All this plus the round up of news from the astronomical societeis of the north of England.

The Astronomy Show every Monday evening between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM. The show can be heard live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or you can listen to the show later on the Drystone Radio podcast.




Monday, 10 February 2020

The Astronomy Show 10.02.20

The Astronomy Show 10.02.20

I am back with the astronomy show, January has been a bad month for me with frequent visits to the hospital and although I am not out of the woods yet I am going in the right direction.

To get back to the hear and the now, on the show today I will be looking at how the Webb Telescope when it is launched hopefully next year will continue the work that the Spitzer Space Telescope has produced during the past 16 years.

I will take a look at the night sky for the rest of winter and look at how we can see Mercury and Venus later this month in the evening sky in the west.

Some of the other news stories include the latest on the fading of the star Betelgeuse, the oldest impact crtaer on the Earth which is 2.2 billion years old may have ended an ice age and Voyager 2 bounces back from a glitch in interstellar space.

The astronomical scrapbook looking at anniversaries this week in history include in 1942 the channel dash by 2 German battlecruisers from France to Germany through the English Channel and the moon Miranda which  was discovered at Uranus in 1949. All this plus the round up of news from astronomical societies in the north of England.

The Astronomy Show every Monday evening between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM. You can hear the show live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the show later on the Drystone Radio podcast.


Monday, 6 January 2020

The Astronomy Show 06.01.20

The Astronomy Show 06.01.20

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Astronomy Show of 2020. On the show today I will be looking at news that the star Betelgeuse in Orion has become fainter and some experts are suggesting that it is getting ready to become a supernova. On the other hand Betelgeuse is a well known long period variable star so what is going on. The Astronomy Show will investigate.

The winter stars and constellations are now all on display, many astronomers believe that this is the best time of the year to start learning your way around the night sky. On the show today I will be taking a look at what can be seen in  the night sky not just for the next seven nights, we have a penumbral eclipse of the Moon on Friday 10th  but what can be seen during the winter months.

The other regular features include a round up of some astronomy news stories including how views of the night sky could be affected by thousnads of small satellites being launched, stratospheric clouds are seen around the artic circle, and the Parker soalr probe makes a second planet fly by. The astronomical scrapbook looks at events that happened this week in history including the death of Caroline Herschel in 1848. This plus a round up of news from the astronomical societies in the north of England.

The Astronomy Show every Monday evening between 7.00 pm and  9.00 pm only on Drystone Radion 103.5 FM. The programme can be heard live on line at www,drystoneradio.com or you can listen to the show later on the Drystone Radio podcast.

Monday, 23 December 2019

The Astronomy Show 23.12.19

The Astronomy Show 23.12.19

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas here on the Astronomy Show. In this festive edition I will be looking at that most famous of stars The Star of Bethlehem and trying to work out just what the star was?

There will of course be some of the regular features including the latest astronomy news including more exoplanets being discovered, China's far side of the Moon rover has broken another record and sunspots break a space age record.

 I will look at the night sky for the next seven nights and the astronomical scrapbook which looks at anniversaries this week  includes in 1965 the Barwell Meteorite and  in 1758 Halleys comet was seen as predicted.

The Astronomy Show every Monday evening between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm only on Drystone Raio 103.5 FM. The show can be heard live at www.drystoneradio.com you can hear the programme later on the Drystone Radio podcast


Monday, 16 December 2019

The Astronomy Show 16.12.19

The Astronomy Show 16.12.19

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at the weather, not for the Uk or even Earth but a weather report from Mars. With the rovers and orbiters around the Red Planet scientists are better able to forecast the weather on Mars and highlight issues that future explorers will face when they go to Mars.

I will look at the night sky for the next seven nights, I will also take a closer look at two of the fainter but important constellations because of their variable stars, namely Cepheus and Cetus. On the 22nd it will be the winter solstice when the Sun will be at its lowest point in the sky during the year,

The other regular features include the latest astronomy news stories including the Juno mission at Jupiter which has seen a huge new storm but only after a death dodging maneuver. The Geminid meteor shower's parent debris trail has been spotted for the first time. The Geminids are associated  with an asteroid rather than a comet. There will also be a cosmic ray update.

The astronomical scrapbook will be looking at events that happened in history this week including in 1958 Project Mercury was announced by NASA, in 1973 the Skylab mission took the famous picture of the solar loop on the Sun and in 1968 Apollo 8 was launched. All this plus a round up of  the news from the astronomical societies in the north of England.

The Astronomy Show every Monday evening between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, the show can be heard live on line at www.drystoneradio.com the programme can also be heard later on the Drystone Radio podcast.

Monday, 9 December 2019

The Astronomy Show 09.12.19

The Astronomy Show 09.12.19

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at news that NASA is predicting solar cycle 25 which is just starting will be the lowest for 200 years. What will this mean? It could make travelling in space a little safer, but it could also have an affect on Earth. We know that historically when sunspot numbers fall the temperature of the Earth drops. The last time this happened was during the Dalton minimum 200 years ago.

I will look at the night sky for the next seven nights which include the Geminid meteor shower and the Before Yule Moon. I will also look  the constellations Cassiopeia, Triangulum and Aries.

The other regular features include astronomy news with the asteroid Hygiea possibly becoming a dwarf planet, planetary waves supercharge Noctilucent Clouds and a planet discovered around a white dwarf, which should not be there!! The astronomical scrapbook which looks at anniversaries this week include in 1795 the Wold Cottage Meteorite, in 1962 Mariner 2 flew past Venus and  in 1970 Venera 7 landed on Venus. All this plus news from the astronomical socities in the North.

The Astronomy show every Monday evening between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM. The show can be heard live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or the programme can be heard later on nthe Drystone Radio podcast.