WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #14-01 "The Wimpy Moon Points the Way to the Biggest Planet and UFO Alert"
Air Dates January 6, 2014 - January 12, 2014



FIVE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
JAMES: HEY THERE STAR GAZERS. I'M JAMES ALBURY, DIRECTOR OF THE KIKA SILVA PLA PLANETARIUM IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA. LET'S SHOW YOU HOW TO USE THE MOON NEXT WEEK TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY THE GIANT PLANET JUPITER.

MARLENE: I'M MARLENE HIDALGO, SCIENCE TEACHER FROM MIAMI, FLORIDA. BE ON THE LOOKOUT NEXT WEDNESDAY FOR THE WIMPIEST FULL MOON OF 2014.

DEAN:  I'M DEAN REGAS, ASTRONOMER FROM THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY. UFO SEASON OPENS ONCE AGAIN NEXT WEEK BECAUSE WHENEVER A CERTAIN THING HAPPENS IN THE HEAVENS, UFO REPORTS COME IN FROM ALL OVER. LET'S SHOW YOU!

(STOP & DROP)

MARLENE: LET'S LOOK EAST AT 9 P.M. MONDAY THE 13TH. YOU'LL SEE A BIG, BRIGHT MOON, IF THE CLOUDS COOPERATE. YOU WON'T EVEN NEED A DARK SKY. THIS WORKS GREAT EVEN FROM THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF A CITY.

JAMES: DOWN TO THE LEFT OF THE MOON IS A BRIGHT SPOT OF LIGHT, JUPITER, WHICH IS EXTRA BRIGHT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OUR EARTH HAS JUST PASSED BETWEEN JUPITER AND THE SUN. BUT WHEN THIS HAPPENS JUPITER IS EXTRA BRIGHT BECAUSE IT'S SO CLOSE.

(STOP)

DEAN: (IN SPACE) I KNOW YOU'VE HEARD US SAY THAT JUPITER IS THE BIGGEST PLANET BUT JUPITER IS ACTUALLY BIGGER THAN ALL OF THE REST OF THE PLANETS PUT TOGETHER. YOU CAN THROW IN ALL THE PLANETS, EARTH INCLUDED, THEN TOSS IN PLUTO, ALL THE ASTEROIDS, ALL THE COMETS, ALL THE MINOR PLANETS AND JUPITER IS STILL ABOUT 50% MORE MASSIVE THAN ALL THAT PILE OF PLANETARY STUFF.

(STOP)

MARLENE: THE NEXT NIGHT THE 14TH THE MOON IS MUCH CLOSER TO JUPITER, ONLY 5 DEGREES TO JUPITER'S RIGHT. THE NEXT NIGHT THE 15TH THE MOON IS WELL BELOW JUPITER AND I WANT YOU TO TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT THIS NEARLY FULL MOON. AT MIDNIGHT EASTERN TIME THE MOON WILL BE FULL AND THIS IS THE WIMPIEST, THE SMALLEST FULL MOON OF THE YEAR.

(STOP)

JAMES: (IN SPACE) IT REALLY DOESN'T LOOK ANY DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER FULL MOON WITH YOUR NAKED EYE. BUT THIS FULL MOON IS THE MOST DISTANT FOR 2014, ABOUT 30,000 MILES FARTHER AWAY THAN THE FULL MOON IN AUGUST, 2014.

(STOP)

DEAN: IT REALLY IS SMALLER BY ABOUT 13% BUT YOU REALLY CAN'T TELL IT WITH JUST YOUR NAKED EYE. THE NEXT NIGHT THE 16TH THE MOON IS EVEN LOWER AT 9 P.M. AND WILL RISE WELL AFTER JUPITER SO YOU'LL HAVE A GOOD CHANCE TO OBSERVE JUPITER IN A DARK SKY BEFORE THE MOON RISES.

JAMES: BUT WHAT ABOUT THAT UFO ALERT WE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT?

(STOP - SWITCH SKIES)

MARLENE: O.K., WE'RE LOOKING EAST/ SOUTHEAST ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE SUNRISE AND IF YOU HAVE A CLEAR FLAT HORIZON, UNOBSTRUCTED BY TREES OR BUILDINGS YOU MAY SEE A VERY BRIGHT UFO-LIKE LIGHT HOVERING ALONG THE HORIZON.

JAMES: KEEP LOOKING EACH MORNING NEXT WEEK AND JUST BEFORE DAWN OUR BRIGHT UFO LIGHT WILL HOVER JUST A LITTLE BIT HIGHER ABOVE THE HORIZON. AND SOME TIME OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO THE UFO REPORTS WILL COME IN. AND IT'S EASY TO UNDERSTAND WHY, BECAUSE OUR UFO IS REALLY THE PLANET VENUS, THE BRIGHTEST PLANET IN THE HEAVENS.

DEAN: AND BECAUSE VENUS HAS JUST REAPPEARED AS A MORNING STAR AFTER HAVING BEEN THE EVENING STAR SINCE LAST SPRING IT SURPRISES PEOPLE. AND SEVERAL FACTORS, ONE WHICH IS CALLED AUTOKINESIS, SOMETIMES MAKE VENUS APPEAR TO MOVE BACK AND FORTH OR UP AND DOWN IN A MOST UN-PLANET-LIKE BUT UFO-LIKE FASHION. AND SO, PEOPLE ARE EASILY FOOLED.

JAMES: IN FACT, IF YOU STARE AT VENUS LONG ENOUGH YOU JUST MAY BE ABLE TO SEE THIS EFFECT FOR YOURSELF. IT MAY SEEM TO WANDER UP AND DOWN OR SIDEWAYS. AND ALTHOUGH SOME PEOPLE THINK IT'S FUNNY.

DEAN AND MARLENE: (POINT AND GIGGLE) THAT OTHER PEOPLE MISTAKE VENUS FOR A UFO, DON'T BE TOO HARD ON ANYBODY BECAUSE IT'S A PERFECTLY NATURAL RESULT OF THE WAY OUR EYES WORK.

MARLENE: IN FACT IN THE SPRING OF 2012 A PILOT FOR AN AIRLINE WHICH WILL REMAIN NAMELESS, MADE A PANIC DIVE TO AVOID WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS ANOTHER PLANE NEARLY DEAD AHEAD.

DEAN: AND IT GETS EVEN BETTER. BECAUSE ONE NAVAL ADMIRAL WAS VERY EMBARRASSED BY THE FACT THAT HE ACTUALLY ORDERED HIS SHIP TO FIRE ON THE INTRUDER.  BUT INTRUDER IT IS NOT. INDEED, IT IS 25 MILLION MILES AWAY FROM US THIS WEEK AND IF VENUS WERE SENTIENT AND HAD A SENSE OF HUMOR, IT WOULD PROBABLY SMILE AT US EARTHLINGS WHO ARE SO FREQUENTLY FOOLED AND FRIGHTENED BY ITS COMINGS AND GOINGS.

MARLENE: SO GET OUTSIDE SOME MORNING JUST BEFORE DAWN NEXT WEEK TO SEE AN IFO, AN IDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT JUST BEFORE SUNRISE IN THE EAST/ SOUTHEAST AND PROVE TO YOURSELF THAT IT'S REALLY FUN TO

ALL THREE: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #14-01 "The Wimpy Moon Points the Way to the Biggest Planet and UFO Alert"
Air Dates January 6, 2014 - January 12, 2014



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
JAMES: LET'S SHOW YOU HOW TO USE THE MOON NEXT WEEK TO HELP YOU IDENTIFY THE GIANT PLANET JUPITER.

MARLENE: UFO SEASON OPENS ONCE AGAIN NEXT WEEK BECAUSE WHENEVER A CERTAIN THING HAPPENS IN THE HEAVENS, UFO REPORTS COME IN FROM ALL OVER.

BOTH: LET'S SHOW YOU!

(STOP & DROP)

MARLENE: LET'S LOOK EAST AT 9 P.M. ON THE 15TH. THE MOON IS BELOW JUPITER AND AT MIDNIGHT EASTERN TIME THE MOON WILL BE THE WIMPIEST, THE SMALLEST, MOST DISTANT FULL MOON OF THE YEAR.

JAMES: BUT WHAT ABOUT THAT UFO ALERT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT?

(STOP - SWITCH SKIES)

MARLENE: O.K., WE'RE LOOKING EAST/ SOUTHEAST ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE SUNRISE AND YOU MAY SEE A VERY BRIGHT UFO-LIKE LIGHT HOVERING ALONG THE HORIZON.

JAMES: KEEP LOOKING EACH MORNING NEXT WEEK AND JUST BEFORE DAWN A BRIGHT UFO LIGHT WILL HOVER AND DANCE JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOVE THE HORIZON.

MARLENE: AND SOME TIME OVER THE NEXT WEEK OR SO THE UFO REPORTS WILL COME IN. IT'S EASY TO UNDERSTAND WHY BECAUSE OUR UFO IS REALLY THE PLANET VENUS, THE BRIGHTEST PLANET IN THE HEAVENS.

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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