Tuesday 17 July 2018

The Astronomy Show 18.07.18

The Astronomy Show 18.07.18

On this weeks' astronomy show I will be looking at a new report asking if Lunar Dust can damage our health. Lunar Dust is made of sharp, abrasive and nasty particles, but how toxic is it for humans?

The night sky will be dominated by the summer triangle stars Altair, Deneb and Vega, with Vega located in the overhead position. The summer triangle will be on view for the rest of the summer months. The four bright planets from west to east Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars easily visible with Mars now brighter than Jupiter and by next week it will be at its brightest this year. 

The A-Z of constellations has now reached Pisces the Fishes a faint group in the zodiac which is important because it contains the Vernal Equinox the point at which the Sun moves across the celestial equator into the northern hemisphere each year. The Messier marathon is now at M68 a globular cluster in Hydra. Our weekly look into the astronomical scrapbook includes the anniversaries of Mariner 4 reaching Mars in 1965 and comet Shoemaker- Levy 9 starting to crash into Jupiter in 1994.

The latest astronomy news includes details of 2 small asteroids that flew past the Earth at the weekend, scientists spot a neutrino at an observatory in Antarctica and the end is nigh for the planet hunting Kepler space telescope. All this plus the news from astronomical societies in the north of England.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm only on  Drystone Radio 103.5FM, you can listen to the show live on line at www.drystoneradio.com, or catch the programme later on the Drystone  Radio podcast.

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