WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #14-30 "Super Moon? Not So Much"
Air Dates July 28, 2014 - August 3, 2014



FIVE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
DEAN:  HEY THERE STAR GAZERS. I'M DEAN REGAS, ASTRONOMER FROM THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY.  DON'T LOOK NOW BUT WEVE GOT ANOTHER SUPER MOON COMING ON AUG. 10.

JAMES: AND I'M JAMES ALBURY, DIRECTOR OF THE KIKA SILVA PLA PLANETARIUM IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA. DONT LET THE SUPER MOON GET TO YOU BECAUSE IT'S NOT REALLY THAT BIG A DEAL.

DEAN: OH COME ON JAMES. ALL THE TV NEWS PEOPLE GO NUTS ABOUT THE SUPER MOON SO IT MUST BE SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL! RIGHT?

JAMES: DEAN, YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A MEASURABLE SIZE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BIGGEST AND THE SMALLEST FULL MOON OF THE YEAR THAT YOU CAN'T REALLY NOTICE IT WITHOUT SPECIAL MEASURING DEVICES.

DEAN: HEY!  I HAVE AN IDEA! LET'S TELL EVERYBODY ABOUT ONE OF THE SIMPLEST, MOST HANDY MEASURING DEVICES AROUND.

JAMES: OK! EVERYONE ALREADY HAS ONE RIGHT AT HAND. BUT WE NEED A REALLY CATCHY TERM FOR IT. LET'S COMBINE OUR NAMES AND CALL IT THE REG-BURY LUNA-SIZER.

DEAN: NAAAH! I THINK I PREFER THE AL-GAS MOON-A-METER.

JAMES: EEEHHH, MAYBE NOT. AFTER ALL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT USING YOUR PINKY FINGER TO SEE HOW BIG THE SUPERMOON IS NOT.

DEAN: THE MOON IS THE EASIEST THING TO SEE IN THE NIGHT SKY BUT REMEMBER WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE MOON YOU'RE SEEING REFLECTED SUNLIGHT. THE MOON DOES NOT PRODUCE LIGHT OF ITS OWN.

JAMES: AND THE MOON IS NOT ALWAYS A STARGAZER'S FRIEND BECAUSE IT CAN GET TO BE SO BRIGHT IT WIPES OUT MOST OF THE STARS AND THE MILKY WAY.

DEAN: LET'S START WATCHING THE MOON ON THE EVENING OF AUG. 4TH AND SEE WHAT WE CAN SEE.

JAMES: AND USE YOUR PINKY FINGER TO MEASURE THE APPARENT SIZE OF THE MOON. EXTEND YOUR ARM, STICK OUT YOUR PINKY FINGER, CLOSE ONE EYE AND THEN PUT YOUR PINKY FINGER OVER THE MOON. IT WILL DISAPPEAR BEHIND YOUR FINGER.

DEAN: THE MOON WILL BE ONE DAY PAST FIRST QUARTER SO IT'S WHAT WE CALL A WAXING GIBBOUS MOON. REMEMBER GIBBOUS MEANS HUMPED AND WAXING MEANS IT'LL GET BIGGER NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.

JAMES: TO THE MOON'S LEFT IS THE BIGGEST AND BRIGHTEST CONSTELLATION OF SUMMER, SCORPIUS THE SCORPION. THESE THREE STARS MARK THE HEAD OF THE SCORPION AND FOLLOW THIS CURVING LINE OF STARS DOWN AND AROUND TO THE PAIR OF STARS THAT MARK THE STINGER AT THE END OF THE TAIL.

DEAN: THE NEXT NIGHT A SLIGHTLY FATTER MOON WILL BE ABOVE BRIGHT RED ANTARES WHICH MARKS THE HEART OF THE SCORPION.

JAMES: REMEMBER TO USE YOUR PINKY FINGER TO MEASURE THE MOON.

DEAN: (FULL) ANTARES IS ONE OF THE LARGEST STARS KNOWN . AND IF IT WERE PLACED WHERE OUR SUN IS IT WOULD EXTEND OUT BEYOND MARS. AND ANTARES PRODUCES OVER 60,000 TIMES AS MUCH ENERGY AS OUR SUN. WHEWWW!

JAMES: THE NEXT TWO NIGHTS, THE 6TH AND 7TH AN EVEN FATTER MOON WILL BE ABOVE THE STARS OF SAGITTARIUS, THE CENTAUR THAT FOLLOWS THE SCORPION ACROSS THE SKY. BUT WITH THE EXTRA LIGHT THE MOON IS REFLECTING YOU'LL DO WELL TO SPOT THE TEAPOT STARS THAT MAKE UP JUST PART OF SAGITTARIUS.

DEAN: THE NEXT TWO NIGHTS THE 8TH AND THE 9TH. THE MOON WILL CONTINUE TO GET FATTER.

JAMES: TRY YOUR FINGER TRICK. WHAT HAPPENS?

DEAN: THE MOON IS NOW IN THE CONSTELLATION OF CAPRICORNUS.

JAMES: JUST BARELY.

DEAN: AND THOUGH IT'S NOT QUITE FULL NOW, IT WILL PROBABLY LOOK FULL TO MOST PEOPLE BUT IT WON'T REALLY BE FULL UNTIL 2:09 PM EASTERN TIME ON THE 10TH. WE WON'T GET TO SEE THE MOON UNTIL IT RISES SEVERAL HOURS LATER.

JAMES: SO IF YOU REALLY WANT TO BE  PICKY ABOUT IT,  THE MOON IS PAST FULL WHEN IT RISES FOR US IN NORTH AMERICA.

DEAN: SO WHAT MAKES THIS FULL MOON A SUPPOSED SUPER MOON?

JAMES: SUPER MOON IS NOT REALLY AN ASTRONOMICAL TERM BUT REFERS TO A MOON THAT IS FULL AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME IT'S ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO THE EARTH.

DEAN: THE MOON'S ORBIT IS NOT A PERFECT CIRCLE BUT IS REALLY AN ELLIPSE. THIS MEANS THE MOON GETS  CLOSER TO THE EARTH

JAMES: PERIGEE

DEAN: ONCE EVERY ORBIT. AND FARTHEST FROM THE EARTH

JAMES: APOGEE

DEAN: ONCE EVERY ORBIT. IN FACT, THIS YEAR THE MOON HAD TWO PERIGEES IN JANUARY

JAMES: AND IT WILL HAVE TWO MORE IN NOVEMBER.

DEAN: BUT THIS PERIGEE ON AUG. 10 IS ONLY 9 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE TIME THE MOON IS FULL SO IT GIVES US THE CLOSEST

JAMES: AND THUS BIGGEST FULL MOON OF 2014.

DEAN: SO LOOK AT THE RISING MOON ON THE EVENING OF AUG. 10

JAMES: AND USE YOUR PINKY FINGER TO MEASURE IT . CAN YOU TELL IT'S A SUPER MOON

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #14-30 "Super Moon? Not So Much"
Air Dates July 28, 2014 - August 3, 2014



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
DEAN: WE'VE GOT ANOTHER SUPER MOON COMING ON AUG. 10.

JAMES: DON'T GET TOO EXCITED BECAUSE ITS NOT REALLY THAT BIG A DEAL.

DEAN: IN FACT, YOU CAN USE YOUR PINKY FINGER TO SEE HOW BIG THE SUPERMOON IS NOT.

JAMES: HOLD YOUR ARM OUT, EXTEND YOUR PINKY FINGER, CLOSE ONE EYE AND PUT YOUR FINGER OVER THE MOON AND IT WILL DISAPPEAR!

DEAN: SO WHAT MAKES THIS FULL MOON ON AUG. 10TH A SUPPOSED SUPER MOON?

JAMES: SUPER MOON IS NOT REALLY AN ASTRONOMICAL TERM BUT REFERS TO A MOON THAT IS FULL AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME ITS ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO THE EARTH.

DEAN: THE MOONS ORBIT IS AN ELLIPSE, WHICH MEANS THE MOON GETS CLOSEST TO THE EARTH

JAMES: PERIGEE

DEAN: ONCE EVERY ORBIT.  BUT THIS PERIGEE ON AUG. 10 IS ONLY 9 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE TIME THE MOON IS FULL SO IT GIVES US THE CLOSEST

JAMES: AND THUS BIGGEST FULL MOON OF 2014.

DEAN: SO LOOK AT THE RISING MOON ON THE EVENING OF AUG. 10

JAMES: AND USE YOUR PINKY FINGER TO MEASURE IT. AS YOU

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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