Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The Astronomy Show 12.12.18

The Astronomy Show 12.12.18

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at Voyager 2 which has finally reached interstellar space. This venerable space craft which was launched in 1977 is now saying goodbye to the solar system. I will be looking at what Voyager 2 achieved and what will happen to it next,

There will be the regular review of the night sky, including the Geminid meteor shower which peaks on the night of December 13/14. The Geminid meteor shower is the best of the year, plus the latest news on comet Wirtanen. I will also look at one of the main early winter constellations Perseus which is now high in the sky, plus a round up of the other constellations visible at the moment.

The A-Z of constellations has reached Triangulum Australe, the Southern Triangle, the Messier Marathon is a double helping with the galaxies M84 and M86 in Virgo. This is the first time that the Messier Marathon has gone out of sequence with M85 to follow next time. There will be the latest astronomy news including China launches the first mission to land on the far side of the Moon, the Osiris-REX mission arrives at the asteroid Bennu and news that a Near Earth asteroid has been removed from the list of objects that could hit the Earth. This plus the latest news from the astronomy 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. The show can be heard live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or you can listen to the programme later via the Drystone Radio Podcast.

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