Wednesday 5 December 2018

The Astronomy Show 05.12.18

The Astronomy Show 05.12.18

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at cave paintings that are 40,000 years old and show that people living all those years ago had a good knowledge of astronomy. This information must have been preserved in various forms and ultimately ended up in  Greece over 2,500 years ago leading to the so called beginning of science.

Astronomers are watching comet Wirtanen as it gets higher in the sky and hopefully brighter, I will be looking at the latest details. I will also be taking a look at what stars can be seen during the next few nights and the very close encounter between the planets Mars and Neptune.

The other regular features include the A-Z of constellations which is now at Triangulum the Triangle, one of the few constellations that look like the object it is supposed to represent. The Messier Marathon has reached M83 in Hydra the Water Snake. The astronomy news this week includes an asteroid that exploded 3,700 years ago and wiped out part of the Middle East and astronomers determine the distance to the Cygnus Loop often known as the Veil,Nebula.

The Astronomical Scrapbook which looks at anniversaries this week includes the discovery of the Supernova in 185 AD and the birth of Annie Jump Cannon in 1863. There will also be the usual roundup of meetings of the 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 103.5 FM. The show can be heard on line at or you can listen to the show later on the Drystone Radio Podcast.

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