The Astronomy Show 25.07.18
We may be in the middle of a wonderfully hot summer, and the nights are only now beginning to get darker earlier in the evenings, but there is still lots going on in the night sky. On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at the Blood Moon Rising, this is an eclipse of the Moon, but this is no ordinary lunar eclipse, this one is the longest one of the century. If that's not enough the Red Planet, Mars rises just after the Moon it is very bright and looks very red at the moment, this is because Mars is now at its closest point to the Earth in 15 years.
I will be having a look at the night sky over the next week plus starting to look more closely at the constellations of the summer sky. I will begin not with any members of the summer triangle because they are going to be around for quite a while but starting with the constellation of the Scorpion, its very low in the sky and Antares its brightest star which is known at the Rival of Mars will be the first of the bright stars to leave the summer sky. There is also a warning of possible Northern Light activity tonight.
The regular features include the A-Z of constellation which has now reached Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish, while the Messier Marathon is now at M69 in Sagittarius. The latest astronomy news includes our Milky Way galaxy had a big sibling but the Andromeda galaxy ate it!!, scientists are chasing dust storms on Mars and their could be another Volcano on the Io one of Jupiter's moons. The astronomical scrapbook includes the discovery of comet Hale Bopp in 1995. All this plus the round up of news from 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 103.5 FM. You can hear the show live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or catch the show later on the Drystone Radio podcast.