Monday 15 July 2019

The Astronomy Show 15.07.19

The Astronomy Show 15.07.19

On the Astronomy Show today there will be a big focus on the Moon for the reason that we are very close to the 50th anniversary of the Apoll 11 landing with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon. With this in mind our lead story today is about the Moon with news that India is planning to lauch their second mission to the Moon, this is the Chandrayaan 2 mission and if successful India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon.

There will be the regular round up of what is happening in the night sky this week, the Moon attracts the atention again because there will be a partial eclipse of the Moon on the 16th July, this will be visible from Britain. The giant planets Jupiter and Saturn can still be seen as soon as it becomes dark.

The usual round up of astronomy news includes details of  the launch of the Spektr-RG Russian X Ray telescope, and the Japanese Hayabusa 2 mission which has grabbed  a second sample from the Ryugu asteroid. The astronomical scrapbook looking at anniversaries this week is dominated by the Apollo 11 Moon landing but other events were happening including in 1994 comet Shoemaker Levy 9 started to crash into Jupiter. All this plus the round up of news from the astronomical societies in the north of England.

The Astronomy Show, every Monday evening between 7.00 pm and 9. 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 Radio podcast.

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