Wednesday 13 September 2017

The Astronomy Show 13.09.17

The Astronomy Show 13.09.17

On the Astronomy Show today I will be investigating the Sun, there have been 7 massive flares on the Sun in just 7 days and this is during solar minimum, there should not be this kind of activity. So what is going on?

I will be looking at the night sky this week with the centre of attention moving to the morning sky when there will a dance of the planets with Mercury and Mars passing each other in the sky just before the Sun rises. There will be a much closer look at the constellation Lyra with its bright star Vega being one of the stars of the summer triangle, plus an update on everything else we can see in the sky this week.

The regular features include the A-Z  of constellations this week Lacerta the Lizard another small modern constellation but with a few surprises. The Messier marathon reaches M 44 the Beehive in Cancer. The astronomical scrapbook includes the anniversary of one of the greatest nights in variable star history when two new variable stars were discovered in York in 1784 and the Ulysses probe reached the south pole of the Sun. The latest astronomy news including the discovery of Boron on Mars which is more evidence that Mars could have hosted life in the distant past.  This plus the news from the astronomy societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM listen on line at or hear the show on the podcast.

Tuesday 5 September 2017

The Astronomy Show 06.09.17

The Astronomy Show 06.09.17

On the Astronomy Show this week I will be looking at the discovery of a nova that occurred over
600 years ago and has been discovered in Chinese and Korean astronomical records. The location of the star has been discovered by astronomers who are now able to study a 600 year long time line for a nova.

There will be the regular weekly features, looking at the night sky this week and with the longer nights starting to make themselves felt  I will be taking a closer look at the three constellations where we find the summer triangle of stars beginning this week with Cygnus as Deneb is virtually overhead at the moment .

The other regular features include the latest astronomy news,in  the A-Z of constellations this week I will be looking at Indus the Indian another modern but faint constellation, to make up for this the Messier Marathon reaches M42 the Orion Nebula one of the most spectacular sights in the sky. The astronomical scrapbook looks at events that happened this week in history including the landing of Viking 2 on Mars in 1976 and the great meteor event of 1511. This plus what's happening in the astronomy societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00 - 500 pm, the show can be heard live at or listen to the  show on the Drystone Radio Podcast.