WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #13-17 "The Moon Kisses the Stars of Winter and Jupiter Good-Bye"
Air Dates April 29, 2013 - May 5, 2013



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

MARLENE: AND I'M MARLENE HIDALGO, SCIENCE TEACHER FROM MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FLORIDA

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

DEAN: SPRING IS REALLY COMING INTO ITS OWN DURING THE DAY TIME BUT THE NIGHT SKY IS STILL HANGING ON TO SOME TRACES OF WINTER. LET'S SHOW YOU.

MARLENE: WE HAVE OUR SKIES SET UP FOR JUST AFTER SUNSET FACING WEST NEXT WEEK. AND STARLIGHT, STAR BRIGHT, THE FIRST STAR WE SEE TONIGHT ISN'T A STAR AT ALL.

JAMES: DOES THAT MEAN MY WISH WON'T COME TRUE?

DEAN: NOPE, BECAUSE IT'S THE PLANET JUPITER. AND JUPITER ISN'T THE WISHING PLANET.

JAMES: DRAT!

MARLENE: BUT JUPITER IS VERY BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL IN THE EVENING SKY AND WILL BE THE FIRST THING YOU'LL SEE IN THE WEST AFTER SUNSET. AS THE SKY GETS DARKER, JUPITER WILL BE SURROUNDED BY SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF WINTER GIVING US ONE LAST CHANCE TO ENJOY WATCHING THEM.

DEAN: LET'S START WITH THE STARS CLOSEST TO THE HORIZON AS THEY'LL DISAPPEAR FIRST.

JAMES: JUST BELOW JUPITER IS ALDEBARAN, THE RED EYE OF TAURUS THE BULL. IT WILL FADE AND DISAPPEAR FIRST SO TRY TO FIND IT AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

MARLENE: TO THE LEFT OF ALDEBARAN YOU MAY STILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE THREE BELT STARS OF ORION BUT IF NOT, ABOVE THEM THE RED GIANT STAR BETELGEUSE WILL DEFINITELY STILL BE EASY TO SEE.

JAMES: AND LAST AND CERTAINLY NOT LEAST OF OUR HORIZON CRAWLERS IS SIRIUS, THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE BIG DOG, CANIS MAJOR, AND IT'S ALSO THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY. AND WITH SIRIUS THIS CLOSE TO THE HORIZON IT WILL MOST LIKELY BE FLASHING AND SPARKLING LIKE A DIAMOND IN A JEWELER'S WINDOW.

DEAN: UP ABOVE SIRIUS AND COMPLETING A FAIRLY OBVIOUS TRIANGLE OF BRIGHT STARS IS PROCYON IN CANIS MINOR, THE LITTLE DOG. THEN UP TO THE RIGHT ABOVE PROCYON ARE THE TWIN STARS, POLLUX AND CASTOR IN THE BROTHERS GEMINI.

MARLENE: AND TO FINISH OFF OUR SET OF BRIGHT WINTER STARS LOOK DOWN TO THE RIGHT OF GEMINI FOR THE BRIGHT STAR THAT'S SEEN MOST OFTEN, CAPELLA, IN AURIGA THE CHARIOTEER.

JAMES: AND IF YOU WATCH EVERY NIGHT NEXT WEEK THESE STARS WILL DROP A BIT LOWER EACH NIGHT. LET'S START ON MONDAY, MAY 6; TUESDAY, MAY 7; WEDNESDAY, MAY 8; THURSDAY, MAY 9; FRIDAY, MAY 10 AND SATURDAY, MAY 11.

DEAN: HEY LOOK! THERE'S A CRESCENT MOON AND WHATS THAT BRIGHT SPOT OF LIGHT JUST ABOVE THE HORIZON?

JAMES: LET'S GO AHEAD ONE MORE DAY TO SUNDAY THE 12TH AND THE MOON IS A BIT FATTER AND HAS MOVED UP AND TO THE LEFT OF JUPITER AND THAT BRIGHT LIGHT IS EVEN HIGHER.

MARLENE: THAT BRIGHT LIGHT IS THE PLANET VENUS MAKING HER RETURN TO EVENING SKIES AFTER LEAVING THEM ALMOST A YEAR AGO IN LATE MAY OF 2012.

DEAN: SO LET'S GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN. THERES JUPITER, AND ALDEBARAN...

MARLENE: VENUS, BETLEGEUSE AND SIRIUS...

JAMES: PROCYON AND POLLUX AND CASTOR...

DEAN: AND ENDING OUR CIRCUIT WITH CAPELLA. AND NEXT MONTH WHEN THE CRESCENT MOON RISES IN THE EVENING SKY JUPITER WON'T BE THERE TO GREET HER. SO BE SURE TO CATCH THIS END OF WINTER SPECIAL NOW.

MARLENE: SO THIS WEEK WE CAN SEE FOUR OF THE TOP TEN BRIGHT STARS IN THE SKY...SIRIUS #1, CAPELLA #6, PROCYON #8 AND BETELGEUSE AT #10.

JAMES: BUT THREE OF THOSE TOP TEN BRIGHT STARS CAN'T EVEN BE SEEN FROM MOST OF NORTH AMERICA...CANOPUS #2, ALPHA CENTAURI #3, AND ACHERNAR #9 ARE SO FAR SOUTH IN THE SKY THAT FROM MID AMERICA, LIKE IN CINCINNATI, THEY NEVER RISE HIGH ENOUGH TO BE SEEN.

MARLENE: BUT FROM MIAMI I GET TO SEE THEM EVERY WINTER AND SPRING.

DEAN: HMMPPH! SO REALLY WE HAVE HERE MORE THAN HALF OF THE BRIGHTEST STARS YOU CAN SEE.

MARLENE: AND THE TWO BRIGHTEST PLANETS...NOT A BAD WAY TO CELEBRATE THE END OF WINTER. BUT WHAT DO WE HAVE IN THE SKY HELPING US TO BRING IN SPRING?

STOP : FLY VENUS AND JUPITER FULL TO COVER

JAMES: WELL, LET'S SWING AROUND AND LOOK EAST AND TWO MORE OF THE TOP TEN BRIGHT STARS ARE RISING HIGHER IN THE EASTERN SKY: #4, ARCTURUS IN BOOTES AND E5, VEGA IN LYRA THE HARP, AND VEGA IS APPROPRIATELY ENOUGH, THE BRIGHTEST STAR OF THE SUMMER TRIANGLE.

DEAN: AND WE HAVE ANOTHER PLANET TO ADD TO THE LIST. THE RINGED BEAUTY SATURN IS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN SKY BELOW ARCTURUS.

MARLENE: SO WE HAVE SIX OF THE TOP TEN BRIGHT STARS, THREE BRIGHT PLANETS AND A CRESCENT MOON IF YOU JUST...

THREE: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #13-17 "The Moon Kisses the Stars of Winter and Jupiter Good-Bye"
Air Dates April 29, 2013 - May 5, 2013



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
DEAN: SPRING IS REALLY COMING IN TO ITS OWN IN THE DAY TIME …

MARLENE: BUT THE NIGHT SKY IS STILL HANGING ON TO SOME TRACES OF WINTER. LET'S SHOW YOU.

MARLENE: WE ARE LOOKING JUST AFTER SUNSET FACING WEST NEXT WEEK. AND STARLIGHT, STAR BRIGHT, THE FIRST STAR WE SEE TONIGHT ISN'T A STAR AT ALL. IT'S THE PLANET JUPITER.

DEAN: JUST BELOW JUPITER IS ALDEBARAN, THE EYE OF THE BULL.

MARLENE: TO THE LEFT OF ALDEBARAN YOU MAY STILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE THREE BELT STARS OF ORION BUT IF NOT, ABOVE THEM THE RED GIANT STAR BETELGEUSE WILL DEFINITELY STILL BE EASY TO SEE.

DEAN: TO THE FAR LEFT IS SIRIUS, THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN CANIS MAJOR. ABOVE SIRIUS IS PROCYON IN CANIS MINOR. THEN UP TO THE RIGHT ABOVE PROCYON ARE THE TWIN STARS, POLLUX AND CASTOR IN GEMINI.

MARLENE: AND TO FINISH OFF OUR SET OF BRIGHT WINTER STARS LOOK DOWN TO THE RIGHT OF GEMINI FOR CAPELLA, IN AURIGA THE CHARIOTEER.

DEAN: A BRIGHT STARRY SEND OFF TO WINTER...

 BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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