On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at the announcement by scientists that they may have found evidence for life on Mars. The Curiosity rover has discovered not only methane in the Martian atmosphere but that this amount of methane varies during the course of the of the Red Planets' year. Could this be due to some biological process or is it a geological event? I will be looking at the evidence plus a look at the history of the search for life on Mars.
June is not a good month for looking at the night sky from Britain with very short periods of night time, but to compensate for this June marks the beginning of the Noctilucent Cloud season, I will be explaining just what these electric blue looking clouds are and where you can see them. I will also take a look at just what can be seen in the sky during the following few nights.
The other regular features include the latest astronomy news including news that another of the NASA rovers Opportunity is trying to survive a massive Martian dust storm, why the Galilean moons are so big and that days on the Earth are getting longer thanks to the fact that the Moon is moving away from us. The A-Z of constellations is now at Pegasus the Flying Horse while the Messier marathon reaches M63 in Canes Venatici.
The astronomical scrapbook looking at events this week in history includes Venera 7 the first successful probe to land on Venus, the first woman in space and the German school boy hit by a meteorite! There will also be the usual round up of what is going on in the astronomical societies in the north of England.
The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5FM, you can listen live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the later on the Drystone podcast.