Monday 6 January 2020

The Astronomy Show 06.01.20

The Astronomy Show 06.01.20

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Astronomy Show of 2020. On the show today I will be looking at news that the star Betelgeuse in Orion has become fainter and some experts are suggesting that it is getting ready to become a supernova. On the other hand Betelgeuse is a well known long period variable star so what is going on. The Astronomy Show will investigate.

The winter stars and constellations are now all on display, many astronomers believe that this is the best time of the year to start learning your way around the night sky. On the show today I will be taking a look at what can be seen in  the night sky not just for the next seven nights, we have a penumbral eclipse of the Moon on Friday 10th  but what can be seen during the winter months.

The other regular features include a round up of some astronomy news stories including how views of the night sky could be affected by thousnads of small satellites being launched, stratospheric clouds are seen around the artic circle, and the Parker soalr probe makes a second planet fly by. The astronomical scrapbook looks at events that happened this week in history including the death of Caroline Herschel in 1848. This plus a 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 Radion 103.5 FM. The programme can be heard live on line at www, or you can listen to the show later on the Drystone Radio podcast.