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.