Tuesday 3 April 2018

The Astronomy Show 04.04.18

The Astronomy Show 04.04.18

Apologies for my absence over the last few weeks this was due to me presenting lectures on a cruise ship in January and being very busy with my Stardome Planeatrium in schools during the rest of the winter.

On the Astronomy Show this week I will be looking at death astronomers, following the award winning short film The Silent Child about a deaf child born to a hearing family. I will be looking at the work of the deaf astronomers John Goodricke one of the Fathers of Variable Star Astronomy who lived in York and discovered the variablily of the star Delta Cepheus in 1784 and of Henrietta Leavitt who in 1912 discovered some cepheid variables in the Large Magellanic Cloud and was able to work out how far away this galaxy was, plus Annie Jump Canon who would put together the letter sequence  on the HR diagram showing the temperatures of the stars.

I will also resume with all the regular features, now in Spring I will have a review of what we can see in the night sky during  the spring months. The latest astronomy news incluing the end of the Tiangong 1 space station plus the Earth was near missed about 70,000 years ago by a dwarf star an event that would have been seen by early humans.  The astronomical scrapbook looks at events this week in history including the launch of the first weather satellite Tiros 1. The Messier Marathon continues with M54 a globular cluster in Sagiattrius plus the A-Z of constellations which is now at the impressively named Microscopium the Microscpe which sadly is a very faint group. A round up of the news from the astronomical societies in the north and if there is time I will also play a little music.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm to 5.00pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5FM, you can also listen to the live on line at www.drystoneradio.com or hear the Astrononmy Show later on the Drystone podcast.

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