WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #14-28 "Leo is Leaving and Orion Returns"
Air Dates July 14, 2014 - July 20, 2014



FIVE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
JAMES: HEY THERE STAR GAZERS. I'M JAMES ALBURY, DIRECTOR OF THE KIKA SILVA PLA PLANETARIUM IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA. LEO THE LION IS ABOUT TO LEAVE THE EVENING SKY BUT WE HAVE LOADS OF SUMMER STARS AND PLANETS TO SHOW YOU.

DEAN: AND I'M DEAN REGAS, ASTRONOMER FROM THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY.  EVEN THOUGH IT'S THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER, WINTER'S ORION IS ON HIS WAY BACK AND YOU CAN USE USE THE MOON TO FIND SOME EARLY MORNING PLANETS.

JAMES: LET'S SHOW YOU!

DEAN: WE'RE LOOKING NORTHWEST ANY NIGHT NEXT WEEK ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER SUNSET. ONE OF THE MOST FAMILIAR STAR PATTERNS IS JUST HANGING UP THERE FOR YOU TO SEE, THE BIG DIPPER. WE'RE GOING TO USE THE TWO POINTER STARS, DUBHE AND MERAK - BUT BACKWARDS THIS TIME. USUALLY WE HAVE YOU TRACE A LINE UP THIS WAY TO FIND POLARIS THE NORTH STAR.

JAMES: BUT THIS TIME PUT IT IN REVERSE AND POINT DOWN TOWARDS THE HORIZON AND YOU'LL LAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE KING OF THE BEASTS, LEO THE LION. LEO'S BRIGHTEST STAR REGULUS WILL BE CLOSE TO THE HORIZON AND WILL GET LOWER EACH NIGHT AS THE SUN STEADILY APPROACHES.

DEAN: I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT A FAINT, DIM CONSTELLATION THAT WE ALMOST NEVER MENTION, LEO MINOR. HE IS A CUTE LITTLE LION CUB BUT IF WE TURN OFF THE OVERLAY YOU'LL SEE WHY HE IS RARELY MENTIONED. THERE'S NOT MUCH THERE TO SEE.

JAMES: REMEMBER THAT CONSTELLATIONS ARE NAMES FOR AREAS OF THE SKY. MANY OF THEM DON'T LOOK ANYTHING LIKE THEIR NAMES. YOU KNOW, DEAN, AFTER LEO MINOR WE'D BETTER COME UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER TO SEE.

DEAN:  WELL WE HAVE TWO PLANETS AND THREE BRIGHT STARS OVER HERE. WILL THAT DO IT?

JAMES: KEEP TALKING, WE'LL SEE.

DEAN: THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT OVER HERE IN THE WESTERN SKY IS THE ORANGE STAR ARCTURUS. ONCE AGAIN ARC TO ARCTURUS FROM THE HANDLE OF THE BIG DIPPER.

JAMES: AND THEN DROP A SPIKE TO SPICA. THE REDDISH ORANGE PLANET MARS IS ABOUT HALF A FIST TO THE LEFT OF SPICA AND WILL CONTINUE TO GET DIMMER FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR AS WE LEAVE IT BEHIND IN SPACE. THEN ABOUT A FIST AND A HALF LEFT OF MARS YOU SHOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE SPOTTING THE RINGED PLANET SATURN.

DEAN: SO FROM SATURN WE LOOK TO THE RIGHT FOR MARS, A LITTLE FARTHER FOR SPICA AND ABOVE SPICA WE FIND ORANGE ARCTURUS. GO BACK TO SATURN AND THEN LOOK ABOUT TWO AND A HALF FISTS FARTHER TO THE LEFT AND YOU'LL COME ACROSS ANTARES THE GIANT RED STAR THAT MARKS THE HEART OF THE SCORPION.

JAMES: NOW I KNOW THAT ORION IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY FROM SCORPIUS . SO IF SCORPIUS IS STILL IN THE SKY HOW CAN ORION BE COMING BACK?

DEAN: LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE MORNING SKY AND YOU'LL SEE.

JAMES: NOW WE'RE FACING EAST - JUST BEFORE DAWN NEXT WEEK, THE 21ST TO BE EXACT AND A REALLY SKINNY WANING CRESCENT MOON IS THERE TO GREET YOU. LOOK TO THE LEFT OF THE MOON AND YOU'LL SPOT THE PLEIADES, THE STAR CLUSTER USUALLY LINKED TO HALLOWEEN AND FALL SKIES.

DEAN: BELOW THEM IS THE BRIGHT RED STAR ALDEBARAN IN TAURUS AND BELOW TAURUS, JUST BREAKING THE HORIZON, YOU CAN SEE THE SHOULDER STARS OF ORION. AS EACH DAY GOES BY, MORE AND MORE OF ORION WILL RISE INTO VIEW.

JAMES: LET'S ADVANCE A DAY TO TUESDAY THE 22ND. THE MOON HAS MOVED TO JUST ABOVE ALDEBARAN AND IS HEADING TOWARD A PAIR OF BRIGHT LIGHTS LOWER ON THE HORIZON. THE BRIGHTER OF THE TWO IS VENUS AND LOWER TO ITS LEFT IS BRIGHT PINKISH MERCURY.

DEAN: LET'S ADVANCE ANOTHER DAY TO THE 23RD AND THE MOON IS SKINNIER, ORION IS HIGHER AND VENUS IS CHASING MERCURY TOWARD THE HORIZON.

JAMES: DO IT ONCE MORE AND WE HAVE A SUPER SKINNY MOON LESS THAN A FIST TO THE RIGHT OF VENUS. AND MORE OF ORION HAS CREPT ABOVE THE HORIZON.

DEAN: LET'S GO AGAIN TO THE 25TH AND IF YOU HAVE A CLEAR FLAT DARK HORIZON YOU MAY SEE AN EXTREMELY SKINNY CRESCENT MOON TO THE RIGHT OF MERCURYAND BELOW VENUS. LOOK OVER TO THE RIGHT AND EVEN MORE OF ORION HAS RISEN INTO VIEW.

JAMES: SO TO RECAP. NEXT WEEK AFTER SUNSET LOOK WEST AND YOU'LL SEE ARCTURUS

DEAN: SPICA AND MARS

JAMES: SATURN AND ANTARES IN THE SCORPION

DEAN: THEN IN THE MORNING, IN THE EAST

JAMES: THE MOON AND THE PLEIADES

DEAN: TAURUS AND ORION

JAMES: AND ON THE MORNING OF THE 24TH A SUPER SCOOCHIE OF A SUPER SKINNY MOON NEAR VENUS AND MERCURY

DEAN: BUT YOU'LL SEE NONE OF THIS UNLESS YOU

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #14-28 "Leo is Leaving and Orion Returns"
Air Dates July 14, 2014 - July 20, 2014



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
JAMES: LEO THE LION IS LEAVING THE EVENING SKY BUT WE STILL HAVE  LOADS OF SUMMER STARS AND PLANETS TO SHOW YOU.

DEAN:  WINTER'S ORION IS ON HIS WAY BACK AND YOU CAN  USE THE MOON TO FIND SOME EARLY MORNING PLANETS.

JAMES: LET'S SHOW YOU!

DEAN: OVER HERE IN THE WESTERN SKY IS THE ORANGE STAR ARCTURUS. ONCE AGAIN, ARC TO ARCTURUS FROM THE HANDLE OF THE BIG DIPPER.

JAMES:  AND THEN DROP A SPIKE TO SPICA. MARS IS TO THE LEFT OF SPICA. AND ABOUT A FIST AND A HALF LEFT OF MARS YOU'LL FIND THE RINGED PLANET SATURN.

DEAN:  FROM SATURN LOOK FARTHER TO THE LEFT AND YOU'LL COME TO ANTARES THE GIANT RED HEART OF THE SCORPION.

JAMES: NOW WE'RE FACING EAST JUST BEFORE DAWN NEXT WEEK AND YOU'LL SPOT THE PLEIADES ABOVE THE BRIGHT RED STAR ALDEBARAN IN TAURUS

DEAN: AND BELOW TAURUS YOU CAN SEE THE SHOULDER STARS OF ORION.

JAMES: AND A SUPER SKINNY MOON JUST TO THE RIGHT OF VENUS AND ABOVE MERCURY.

DEAN: BUT YOU'LL SEE NONE OF THIS UNLESS YOU

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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