WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #13-14 "Astronomy Day and More"
Air Dates April 8, 2013 - April 14, 2013



FIVE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
DEAN: HEY THERE STAR GAZERS. I'M DEAN REGAS, ASTRONOMER FOR THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY.

JAMES: AND I'M JAMES ALBURY, DIRECTOR OF THE KIKA SILVA PLA PLANETARIUM IN GAINESVILLE FLORIDA.

MARLENE: AND I'M MARLENE HIDALGO, SCIENCE TEACHER FROM MIAMI DADE COUNTY FLORIDA. SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH IS NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY, A DAY WHEN MOST ASTRONOMY CLUBS, PLANETARIUMS AND SCIENCE CENTERS WILL BE CELEBRATING STARGAZING WITH ALL KINDS OF THINGS ASTRONOMICAL, INCLUDING LOOKING THROUGH TELESCOPES, AND USUALLY FREE OF CHARGE.

JAMES:  SINCE 1973 NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY HAS BEEN OBSERVED IN SPRING ON A SATURDAY CLOSEST TO THE 1ST QUARTER MOON. NOW WHY IS THAT?

MARLENE: WELL, 1ST QUARTER MOONS ARE ALWAYS HIGH IN THE SKY AND EASILY VISIBLE IN EARLY EVENING AND THEY'RE MUCH MORE INTERESTING TO OBSERVE THROUGH TELESCOPES THAN A FULL MOON.

DEAN: SO A SATURDAY CLOSE TO A 1ST QUARTER MOON IN APRIL OR MAY, WHEN THE WEATHER IS TURNING NICE JUST FITS THE BILL.

MARLENE: SO CALL YOUR LOCAL PLANETARIUM OR ASTRONOMY CLUB TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING ON ASTRONOMY DAY AND CHECK OUR WEBSITE <STARGAZERSONLINE.ORG> FOR MORE INFO.

JAMES: AND ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE AND CELESTRON TELESCOPES ARE ONCE AGAIN  SPONSORING ASTRONOMY DAY ACTIVITIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH CELESTRON PROVIDING TELESCOPES AS DOOR PRIZES AND A SPECIAL GRAND PRIZE TELESCOPE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

MARLENE: NOW THERE WILL BE TWO EXQUISITE PLANETS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING JUST AFTER SUNSET ON ASTRONOMY DAY AND FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. LET'S SHOW YOU.

MARLENE: O.K., WE'VE GOT OUR SKIES SET UP FOR THE WEEKEND BEFORE ASTRONOMY DAY, SATURDAY APRIL 13TH JUST AFTER SUNSET, FACING WEST WHERE YOU'LL SEE, VERY LOW IN THE HEAVENS, THE BRIGHT PLANET JUPITER WHICH HAS BEEN PROVIDING A SPECTACULAR SKY SHOW FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

DEAN: JUST BELOW JUPITER YOU'LL ALSO SEE ALDEBARAN, THE BRIGHT RED EYE OF TAURUS THE BULL. AND AN EXQUISITE CRESCENT MOON WITH "THE OLD MOON IN THE NEW MOON'S ARMS" WILL BE HOVERING JUST OFF TO THE ITS RIGHT. THEN ON SUNDAY THE 14TH A SLIGHTLY FATTER CRESCENT MOON WILL BE JUST TO THE LEFT OF JUPITER. ONCE AGAIN, THE 13TH AND THE 14TH.

JAMES: NOW KEEP WATCHING EACH NIGHT NEXT WEEK AND YOU'LL SEE THE MOON MOVE FARTHER TO THE EAST EACH EVENING. SO PLEASE, IF YOU HAVE A TELESCOPE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A LOOK AT JUPITER NOW BECAUSE IT WILL SOON LEAVE THE EVENING SKY IN LATE MAY.

DEAN: AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE A TELESCOPE MOST ASTRONOMY CLUBS, PLANETARIUMS AND SCIENCE CENTERS WILL BE SHOWING YOU JUPITER AND THE MOON THROUGH THEIR TELESCOPES ON ASTRONOMY DAY.

MARLENE: AND DON'T WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT JUPITER LEAVING THE EVENING SKY BECAUSE SATURN IS JUST ENTERING IT. LET'S TURN TO THE EAST AFTER ENJOYING JUPITER AND JUST AS IT'S GETTING DARK THE RINGED PLANET SATURN WILL BE CLIMBING HIGHER IN THE SKY JUST A BIT SOUTH OF DUE EAST. SATURN IS BRIGHTER THAN IT WAS AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, IN FACT IT'S BRIGHTER THAN IT HAS BEEN FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS. BUT WHY?

DEAN: LET'S START BY REMEMBERING THE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STARS AND PLANETS. STARS PRODUCE THEIR OWN LIGHT, LOTS OF IT. WE CAN SEE PLANETS ONLY BECAUSE THEY REFLECT THE LIGHT OF ONLY ONE STAR, THE SUN. PLANETS ARE REALLY DINKY WHEN IT COMES TO PRODUCING LIGHT IN THE SKY. BUT SINCE THEY'RE REALLY CLOSE,  SOME OF THE PLANETS CAN APPEAR TO BE REALLY BRIGHT.

MARLENE: NOW SATURNS RINGS REFLECT A LOT OF THE LIGHT THAT SATURN GETS FROM THE SUN AND SENDS IT BACK OUR WAY HERE ON EARTH. BUT THE RINGS ARE NOT THE SAME ALL THE TIME. SIX YEARS AGO SATURNS RINGS WERE EDGE ON TO US AND REFLECTED VERY LITTLE, AND FOR A SHORT TIME, NO LIGHT. BUT THAT WAS SIX YEARS AGO, AND THINGS CHANGE. THINK ABOUT IT. WE'LL BE TALKING MORE ABOUT THE CHANGING BRIGHTNESS OF SATURN IN AN UPCOMING EPISODE OF STAR GAZERS.

MARLENE: ABOVE SATURN YOU CAN SEE TWO VERY BRIGHT STARS. UP TO THE LEFT OF SATURN IS ARCTURUS, ONE OF THE TOP TEN BRIGHT STARS, IN FACT IT'S NUMBER 4. ARCTURUS IS ABOUT 34 TIMES AS WIDE AS THE SUN, AND IT'S 37 LIGHT YEARS AWAY.

DEAN: TO THE RIGHT OF ARCTURUS IS SPICA. SPICA IS 10 TIMES THE SIZE OF OUR SUN BUT SINCE IT'S OVER 260 LIGHT YEARS AWAY IT'S NOT NEARLY AS BRIGHT AS ARCTURUS.

JAMES: SO WE HAVE TWO PLANETS AND THE MOON AND SOME BRIGHT STARS IN THE EVENING SKY. AT ANY RATE BE SURE TO ENJOY ALL THE FREE EVENTS AND FREE TELESCOPIC VIEWING ON NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY. IT WILL BE A GREAT OUTING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

THREE: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #13-14 "Astronomy Day and More"
Air Dates April 8, 2013 - April 14, 2013



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
DEAN: SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH IS NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY, WHEN MOST ASTRONOMY CLUBS AND PLANETARIUMS WILL BE CELEBRATING STARGAZING WITH ALL KINDS OF THINGS ASTRONOMICAL, INCLUDING LOOKING THROUGH TELESCOPES, AND THEY'RE USUALLY FREE OF CHARGE.

MARLENE: AND THERE WILL BE TWO BRIGHT PLANETS VISIBLE ON ASTRONOMY DAY. LET'S SHOW YOU.

STOP AND DROP

MARLENE: O.K., WE'VE GOT OUR SKIES SET UP FOR ASTRONOMY DAY, SATURDAY APRIL 20TH JUST AFTER SUNSET, FACING WEST WHERE YOU'LL SEE, VERY LOW IN THE HEAVENS, THE BRIGHT PLANET JUPITER WHICH HAS BEEN PROVIDING A SPECTACULAR SKY SHOW FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

DEAN: JUST BELOW JUPITER YOU'LL ALSO SEE ALDEBARAN, THE BRIGHT RED EYE OF TAURUS THE BULL.

MARLENE: LET'S TURN TO THE EAST AND THE RINGED PLANET SATURN WILL BE CLIMBING HIGHER IN THE SKY JUST A BIT SOUTH OF DUE EAST.

DEAN: SATURN IS BRIGHTER THAN IT WAS AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, IN FACT IT'S BRIGHTER THAN IT HAS BEEN FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS. BUT WHY?

MARLENE: THINK ABOUT IT, WHILE YOU ENJOY TWO EVENING PLANETS ON NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY.

ALL: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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