Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The Astronomy Show 28.11.18

The Astronomy Show 28.11.18

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at the latest mission to Mars the InSIGHT probe which safely landed on Mars on Monday evening. The probe will be hoping to explore the interior of the Red Planet and investigate beneath the surface of Mars something that no other robot has been able to do so far.

I will take my regular weekly look at the night sky including checking up on comet Wirtanen which  should be visible in the sky during December, as well as checking on where to find the planets Mars and Venus. The A-Z of constellations has reached  the faint obscure constellation of Telescopium the Telescope, while the Messier marathon is a double act today with M 81 and M 82 the famous pair of galaxies in Ursa Major.

The astronomical scrapbook which looks at anniversaries this week includes the launch of Mariner 4 which when it reached Mars in 1965 destroyed many peoples view of the red planet, and the discovery in 1967 of the first Pulsar. The Astronomy news includes how would we save Earth from a killer asteroid and the news that the Martian moon Phobos may have been formed from an impact with its home planet. This plus a round up of news from the astronomical societies in the north of England.

The Astronomy Show every Wednesday between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm only on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM, you can hear the show live on line at, or hear the show later on the Drystone Radio podcast.

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