WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #13-31 "Dont Miss Next Week's Perseid Meteor Shower"
Air Dates August 5, 2013 - August 11, 2013



FIVE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
MARLENE: HEY THERE STAR GAZERS. I'M MARLENE HIDALGO, FROM MIAMI, FLORIDA.

JAMES: AND I'M JAMES ALBURY, FROM GAINESVILLE FLORIDA.

DEAN: AND I'M DEAN REGAS FROM CINCINNATI OHIO.

MARLENE: WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF WATCHING THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER NEXT WEEK.

DEAN: YES INDEED, NEXT MONDAY NIGHT AUGUST 12TH FROM AFTER MIDNIGHT THROUGH DAWN TUESDAY MORNING THE 13TH, CONDITIONS WILL BE IDEAL FOR OBSERVING THE ANNUAL PERSEID METEOR SHOWER WHICH IS USUALLY ONE OF THE BEST METEOR SHOWERS OF THE YEAR.

JAMES: NOW BY IDEAL CONDITIONS, WE MEAN THAT THIS YEAR THERE'LL BE NO MOON LIGHT WHATSOEVER TO INTERFERE WITH THE SHOWER BECAUSE WHENEVER THERE'S A BRIGHT MOON IN THE SKY, MANY OF THE METEORS ARE HIDDEN FROM VIEW.

MARLENE: SO IF YOU FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE  RULES FOR OBSERVING YOU SHOULD SEE A VERY NICE SHOW. LET'S SHOW YOU.

DEAN: LET'S START BY LOOKING WEST ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER SUNSET AND WE'LL SEE A SIX DAY OLD CRESCENT MOON ABOUT 5 DEGREES BELOW THE RINGED PLANET SATURN. AND OFF TO THE RIGHT OF THE MOON WE CAN SPOT SPICA THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN VIRGO.

JAMES: THEN WELL OFF TO THE RIGHT OF SPICA IS THE BRILLIANT PLANET VENUS.

MARLENE: HEY COME ON BOYS, FOCUS! WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE TELLING PEOPLE HOW THEY CAN BEST SEE THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER.

DEAN: WELL, THE PHASE AND POSITION OF THE MOON ARE IMPORTANT FOR WATCHING THE METEORS.

JAMES: BECAUSE SINCE THE MOON WILL SET SHORTLY AFTER SUNSET IT WILL BE COMPLETELY OUT OF THE WAY WHEN THE METEOR SHOWER DOES GET STARTED AFTER MIDNIGHT.

MARLENE: SIMPLY GO OUTSIDE NEXT MONDAY NIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT THROUGH DAWN TUESDAY MORNING, , AND LOOK STRAIGHT UP. TO SEE THE MOST METEORS HERE'S RULE #1 : "HOPE IT'S CLEAR OUT" BECAUSE IF IT'S CLOUDY OR RAINING YOU WON'T SEE ANY METEORS AT ALL.

DEAN: RULE #2 : "GET AS FAR AWAY FROM CITY LIGHTS AS POSSIBLE". BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY SEE A HANDFUL OF THE BRIGHTEST METEORS FROM CITY LOCATIONS, THE CITY LIGHTS, LIKE MOONLIGHT, FLOOD THE SKY WITH SO MUCH SKY GLOW THAT NOWADAYS MANY OF THE METEORS IN A METEOR SHOWER ARE HIDDEN FROM VIEW.

JAMES: RULE #3 :"OBSERVE WHILE LYING ON THE GROUND ON A  BLANKET OR IN A LAWNCHAIR". IN OTHER WORDS , KEEP LOOKING UP!

MARLENE: RULE #4 :"STAY OUTSIDE FOR AT LEAST A COUPLE OF HOURS, PREFERABLY AFTER MIDNIGHT AND HAVE PLENTY OF PATIENCE."

DEAN: IF YOU FOLLOW THESE RULES, YOU CAN EXPECT TO SEE  SEVERAL METEORS PER HOUR AND MAYBE MANY MORE. SIMPLY LAY BACK AND CONSTANTLY SCAN THE SKY AND USUALLY WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT, A METEOR OR EVEN TWO WILL ZIP ACROSS THE SKY.

MARLENE: NOW ALTHOUGH SOME ASTRONOMY PERIODICALS WILL TELL  YOU THAT YOU MAY SEE 60 METEORS PER HOUR, WHICH WOULD BOIL DOWN TO ABOUT ONE A MINUTE, METEORS REALLY DON'T OPERATE ON A TIME SCHEDULE. YOU MAY SEE TEN OF THEM IN TWO MINUTES AND THEN HAVE TO WAIT FOR 20 MINUTES TO SEE MORE. BUT THAT'S THE FUN OF IT, BECAUSE EACH METEOR IS A TOTAL SURPRISE.

JAMES: NOW ALTHOUGH METEORS LOOK LIKE AND ARE OFTEN CALLED "SHOOTING STARS" NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH. YOU SEE, METEORS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN TINY PIECES OF COMET DEBRIS, COMET LITTER WHICH SLAM INTO THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE AT SUCH HIGH SPEEDS, OVER 135 THOUSAND MILES PER HOUR. THAT FRICTION WITH THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE CAUSES THEM TO BURN UP AND MAKES THE GASES IN THE EARTH'S UPPER ATMOSPHERE WHICH SURROUND THE SPECK GLOW AS THE SPECK PLUNGES TOWARD EARTH.

DEAN: NOW ALTHOUGH WE CAN SEE A FEW METEORS ALMOST EVERY NIGHT OF THE YEAR, EVERY SO OFTEN, JUST LIKE CLOCK WORK OUR EARTH SLAMS RIGHT INTO GREAT CLOUDS OF COMET DEBRIS. AND ONE OF THESE CLOUDS, LEFT FLOATING IN SPACE BY A COMET NAMED SWIFT-TUTTLE LIES DIRECTLY IN THE PATH OF OUR EARTH'S ORBIT.

MARLENE: AND EVERY YEAR IN EARLY AUGUST OUR EARTH SLAMS RIGHT INTO THAT CLOUD OF COMET LITTER. AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS WE SAY WE ARE EXPERIENCING THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER, SO NAMED BECAUSE THE METEORS ALL LOOK AS IF THEY'RE COMING FROM THE CONSTELLATION PERSEUS.

JAMES: SO GET OUTSIDE LATE NEXT MONDAY EVENING AND EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. AND EVERY TIME YOU SEE A METEOR STREAK ACROSS THE SKY REMIND YOURSELF THAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY SEEING  A TINY PIECE OF A COMET PLUNGING TO ITS FIERY DEATH.

DEAN: WHICH IS ONE MORE GOOD REASON

THREE: TO KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #13-31 "Dont Miss Next Week's Perseid Meteor Shower"
Air Dates August 5, 2013 - August 11, 2013



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
MARLENE: WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF WATCHING THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER NEXT WEEK.

DEAN: YES INDEED, NEXT MONDAY NIGHT AUGUST 12TH FROM MIDNIGHT THROUGH DAWN TUESDAY MORNING THE 13TH IS THE BEST TIME FOR OBSERVING THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER. LET'S SHOW YOU.

MARLENE: GO OUTSIDE LATE NEXT MONDAY NIGHT UNTIL DAWN TUESDAY MORNING, AND LOOK STRAIGHT UP. TO SEE THE MOST METEORS. HERE'S RULE #1 : "HOPE IT'S CLEAR OUT"

DEAN: RULE #2 :"GET AS FAR AWAY FROM CITY LIGHTS AS POSSIBLE.

MARLENE: RULE #3 :"OBSERVE WHILE LYING ON THE GROUND ON A BLANKET OR IN A LAWNCHAIR".

DEAN: RULE #4 :"STAY OUTSIDE FOR AT LEAST A COUPLE OF HOURS, PREFERABLY AFTER MIDNIGHT AND HAVE PLENTY OF PATIENCE."

MARLENE: SO GET OUTSIDE LATE MONDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. AND EVERY TIME YOU SEE A METEOR STREAK ACROSS THE SKY REMIND YOURSELF THAT WHAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY SEEING IS A TINY PIECE OF A COMET PLUNGING TO ITS FIERY DEATH.

DEAN: WHICH IS ONE MORE GOOD REASON TO KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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