On today's Astronomy Show I will be looking news that astronomers are closer to solving a 200 year old mystery regarding the eclipsing variable star Epsilon Aurigae, astronomers have until now been unsure just what types are stars form this binary system. I remember monitoring this star way back in the 1980s when at that time no one had any idea of what was actually happening to the star.
Tomorrow on June 21st we have the summer solstice when we have the shortest night of the year astronomers have been battling with the lack of long periods of darkness for the past few weeks and after tomorrow the length of the nights will slowly begin to increase although this will be a long process and it will be many weeks before this becomes noticeable. However even allowing for the short nights four of the planets are putting on a great display in the late evening sky for us and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. Although we are now in the Noctilucent Cloud season I have yet to see any this year.
The regular features include the latest astronomy news looking at how the Apollo astronauts caused a slight Lunar warming, why Venus spins so weirdly and the half mile wide asteroid whizzing past us, but don't worry it will miss us by around 3.7 million miles. The A-Z of constellations reaches the mythical hero Perseus, the Messier marathon reaches M64 the Black Eye galaxy in Coma Berenices. The astronomical scrapbook looks at events this week in history and includes the discovery of Charon the large moon of Pluto. This plus the round up of news from the astronomical societies in the north.
The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, the show can be listened to live on line at www.drystoneradio.com, or you hear the show later on the drystone podcast.