Is Pluto a planet? A new paper recently published has opened the decade long debate. I know that some people want Pluto to be re established as a planet while many want it left as a dwarf planet. On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at this argument that has been rumbling on for the last 12 years.
There will be the usual look at the night sky including Mars which is still visible low in the south west sky and on the 16th September will be at Perihelion or closest point to the Sun in its annual orbit. There are also some close encounters between the planets Jupiter and Saturn with the Moon just after sunset.
Other regular features include the astronomical scrapbook looking at anniversaries that happened this week in history including on the 17th September 1764 the birth of John Goodricke the deaf astronomer based in York who was one of the 'Fathers of Variable Star Astronomy'. This plus the A-Z of constellations in which we look at Scorpius the Scorpion with the Messier Marathon has reached M75 in Sagittarius. This plus a round up of all the latest astronomy news from the past few days. There will also be a round up of what is happening in the astronomical societies in the north.
The Astronomy Show only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, every Wednesday afternoon between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm. You can hear the show live via the internet at www.drystoneradio.com or listen later on the Drystone Radio podcast.
There will be no Astronomy shows on the following Wednesdays, September 19th, September 26th and October 3rd. The next Astronomy Show will be on Wednesday October 10th. This is due to me working in schools with my Stardome Planetarium when I will be teaching children all about the wonderful world of astronomy.