Wednesday 25 April 2018

The Astronomy Show 25.04.18

The Astronomy Show 25.04.18

On today's programme I will be looking at the new list of names giving by the International Astronomical Union for features on one of the largest objects in the Kuiper Belt,Charon the largest moon of Pluto. The Pluto- Charon system was visited by the New Horizons mission in the summer of 2016 and is now on its way deeper into the Kuiper Belt to visit asteroid Mu69 on January 1st 2019.

I will be taking a look at what can be seen in the night sky over the next week including a focus on the constellation of Virgo, other regular features include the latest astronomy news including the idea that a giant impact created the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, some rare Blue Aurora have been seen , and did you know that Uranus smells like rotten eggs.

The A-Z of constellations is at the obscure Norma the Level in the southern hemisphere but to compensatefor this  the Messier Marathon has now reached M57 the Ring Nebula. The astroniomical scrapbook will be looking at highlights from history this week including the launch of the first all British satellite, Ariel 1. This plus a round up of the latest news from the astronomical societies in the north.

The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, every Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm -5.00pm.  You can listen live on line at or hear the show later on the Drystone podcast.

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