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.

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