Monday 16 December 2019

The Astronomy Show 16.12.19

The Astronomy Show 16.12.19

On the Astronomy Show today I will be looking at the weather, not for the Uk or even Earth but a weather report from Mars. With the rovers and orbiters around the Red Planet scientists are better able to forecast the weather on Mars and highlight issues that future explorers will face when they go to Mars.

I will look at the night sky for the next seven nights, I will also take a closer look at two of the fainter but important constellations because of their variable stars, namely Cepheus and Cetus. On the 22nd it will be the winter solstice when the Sun will be at its lowest point in the sky during the year,

The other regular features include the latest astronomy news stories including the Juno mission at Jupiter which has seen a huge new storm but only after a death dodging maneuver. The Geminid meteor shower's parent debris trail has been spotted for the first time. The Geminids are associated  with an asteroid rather than a comet. There will also be a cosmic ray update.

The astronomical scrapbook will be looking at events that happened in history this week including in 1958 Project Mercury was announced by NASA, in 1973 the Skylab mission took the famous picture of the solar loop on the Sun and in 1968 Apollo 8 was launched. All this plus a round up of  the 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 the programme can also be heard later on the Drystone Radio podcast.

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