Wednesday 27 June 2018

The Astronomy Show 27.06.18

The Astronomy Show 27.06.18

On the Astronomy Show today, the first since the summer solstice I will be looking at the new telescope at Greenwich which means that the Royal Observatory is to start studying the sky again.

In the night sky at the moment there are four bright planets in the sky, with Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars all being easily seen as bright dots against a fairly bright sky after 11.00 pm. The Noctilucent Cloud season is in full swing at the moment with reports from all over the UK and the rest of Europe. There is a good chance of seeing some Aurora tonight but, to see it you will have to be in the southern hemisphere where of course the skies are dark as at the moment they are in winter.

The A-Z of constellations reaches the faint southern hemisphere constellation of Phoenix named after the mythical bird, the Messier marathon is a double bill today with the galaxies M65 and M66 which are very close together in Leo. The astronomical news includes details of the Japanese Hayabusa2 probe reaching the asteroid Ryugu and NASA's new plan to destroy asteroids which might threaten the Earth. The astronomical scrapbook includes anniversaries of the Yorkshire eclipse of the Sun in 1927 and the Tunguska comet strike in 1908. This plus the news from the astronomical societies in the north of England.

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

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