WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #14-32 "Pairs of Pairs of Planets"
Air Dates August 11, 2014 - August 17, 2014



FIVE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
DEAN: HEY THERE STAR GAZERS.  I'M DEAN REGAS, ASTRONOMER FOR THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN OR EVEN HEARD OF THE BEEHIVE CLUSTER?

JAMES: AND I'M JAMES ALBURY, DIRECTOR OF THE KIKA SILVA PLA PLANETARIUM IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA.  NEXT WEEK THE TWO BRIGHTEST PLANETS JUPITER AND VENUS WILL HAVE AN EARLY MORNING SUPER SCOOCHIE RIGHT BESIDE THE BEEHIVE.

DEAN: AND MARS AND SATURN WILL PASS EACH OTHER IN THE EVENING TWILIGHT. LET'S SHOW YOU.

DEAN: O.K., WE HAVE OUR SKIES SET UP FACING SOUTHWEST AFTER SUNSET NEXT WEEK ON THE 18TH. AND AS IT GETS DARKER A PAIR OF BRIGHT LIGHTS WILL BE THE FIRST THINGS YOU SEE OVER HERE. THE UPPER ONE IS THE RINGED PLANET SATURN AND ABOUT 5 DEGREES DOWN AND TO THE RIGHT IS THE REDDISH ORANGE PLANET MARS. THEY'LL LOOK ABOUT THE SAME BRIGHTNESS BUT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT COLORS.

JAMES: NOT LONG AGO WE SHOWED YOU HOW TO USE YOUR PINKIE FINGER TO MEASURE THE SIZE OF THE MOON, REMEMBER? THE MOON IS ALWAYS SMALLER THAN YOUR PINKIE FINGER. WELL NOW WE WANT YOU TO USE YOUR WHOLE FIST AND HOLD IT OVER SATURN AND MARS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

DEAN: YOUR FIST WILL COMPLETELY COVER BOTH OF THEM WITH PLENTY LEFT OVER. SATURN AND MARS ARE ABOUT 5 DEGREES APART WHILE YOUR FIST COVERS ABOUT TWICE THAT OR TEN DEGREES OF SKY.

JAMES: GET OUT AFTER SUNSET EACH NIGHT FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND WATCH THIS PAIR OF PERIPATETIC PLANETS. FOR THE FIRST FEW NIGHTS THEYLL ACTUALLY GET CLOSER EACH NIGHT BUT AFTER A WEEK OR SO THEY'LL SEPARATE AGAIN AND SHOW YOU WHY THEY'RE CALLED PLANETS, THEY'RE THE WANDERERS OF THE SKY.

DEAN: TO THE LEFT OF MARS AND SATURN ARE THE STARS OF SCORPIUS THE SCORPION, THREE ALONG HERE FORM THE HEAD AND A LONG CURVING LINE OF STARS DOWN HERE FORM THE BODY. THE BRIGHT RED STAR ANTARES MARKS HIS HEART. WHAT ABOUT HIS CLAWS?, YOU MAY BE ASKING. WELL SATURN LIES RIGHT BETWEEN THEM. THESE CLAW STARS HAVE SOME OF JAMES' FAVORITE NAMES TO PRONOUNCE SO I'LL DEFER TO HIM TO TELL YOU ABOUT THEM.

JAMES:  THE UPPER CLAW IS ZUBENESCHAMALI WHICH ACTUALLY MEANS 'NORTHERN CLAW' AND THE LOWER ONE IS ZUBENELGENUBI THE 'SOUTHERN CLAW'. ZUBENESCHAMALI PUTS OUT 270 TIMES AS MUCH LIGHT AS OUR SUN WHILE ZUBENELGENUBI ( I JUST LOVE THE SOUND OF THAT) IS CLOSER TO US BUT NOT AS POWERFUL.

DEAN: SO ON AUG 18TH JUST AFTER IT GETS DARK LOOK SOUTHWEST FOR SATURN AND MARS

JAMES: WITH SCORPIUS OFF TO THE LEFT

DEAN: ANTARES THE BRIGHT RED HEART

JAMES: AND THE CLAW STARS ZUBENESCHAMALI AND ZUBENELGENUBI.

DEAN: WHAT ABOUT THIS BEEHIVE WE MENTIONED EARLIER?

JAMES: LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT DEAN'S FAVORITE TIME, THE EARLY MORNING SKY.

DEAN: OH NO!!!!!!!

JAMES: HEE, HEE, HEE. HERE WE ARE FACING EAST WELL BEFORE SUNRISE. AND DEPENDING UPON EXACTLY HOW EARLY YOU GET UP, WHAT YOU SEE MAY VARY. WINTER'S ORION IS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN SKY AND CASTOR AND POLLUX ARE OFF TO HIS LEFT BUT THE REALLY BIG THING WE DRAGGED YOU OUT OF BED TO SEE IS THIS BRIGHT PAIR OF LIGHTS BELOW CASTOR AND POLLUX.

DEAN: THEY RISE ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF BEFORE SUNRISE BUT ONCE THEY'RE UP HIGH ENOUGH TO BE SEEN THEY'RE MUCH BRIGHTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE OUT HERE. THE LEFT ONE, VENUS IS ABOUT 7 TIMES BRIGHTER THAN JUPITER, THE OTHER ONE. YEP HERE ARE TWO MORE PLANETS WANDERING ACROSS THE SKY.

JAMES: AND THE REALLY NEAT THING ABOUT THIS IS THEY ARE INSANELY CLOSE TOGETHER ABOUT 1 QUARTER OF A DEGREE APART! A SUPER SCOOCHIE IF THERE EVER WAS ONE. BE SURE YOU DON'T MISS THIS.

DEAN: IF YOU GO OUT THE NEXT DAY VENUS WILL HAVE MOVED ALMOST A DEGREE FARTHER AWAY FROM JUPITER. NEXT SUMMER AT THE END OF JUNE VENUS AND JUPITER WILL GET CLOSE AGAIN BUT THEY'LL BE TWICE AS FAR APART AS THEY'LL BE NEXT WEEK. SO NOW IS THE TIME.

JAMES: AND I'M SURE YOU'VE BEEN WONDERING ABOUT THAT BEEHIVE WE MENTIONED EARLIER. WELL IF YOU LOOK AT JUPITER AND VENUS WITH A PAIR OF BINOCULARS YOU'LL SEE A SWARM OF STARS OFF TO THE LEFT OF THE PLANETS.

DEAN: THIS BEEHIVE IS A CLUSTER OF STARS THAT LIES ABOUT 600 LIGHT YEARS AWAY. IF YOU HAVE CLEAR SKIES AND GOOD EYES THIS CLUSTER IS EASY TO SEE BUT MOST OF US DON'T LIVE UNDER GOOD SKIES. SO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO FIND THE BEEHIVE.

JAMES: SO IT'S SATURN AND MARS IN THE EVENING IN THE WEST

DEAN: AND JUPITER, VENUS AND THE BEEHIVE IN THE MORNING IN THE EAST.

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #14-32 "Pairs of Pairs of Planets"
Air Dates August 11, 2014 - August 17, 2014



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
DEAN: NEXT WEEK THE TWO BRIGHTEST PLANETS JUPITER AND VENUS WILL HAVE AN EARLY MORNING SUPER SCOOCHIE.

JAMES: AND MARS AND SATURN WILL PASS EACH OTHER IN THE EVENING TWILIGHT. LET'S SHOW YOU.

DEAN: WE'RE LOOKING SOUTHWEST AFTER SUNSET  ON AUGUST 17TH. WHERE YOU'LL SEE A PAIR OF BRIGHT LIGHTS. THE UPPER ONE IS  SATURN AND DOWN AND TO THE RIGHT IS  MARS. THEY'LL LOOK ABOUT THE SAME BRIGHTNESS BUT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT COLORS.

JAMES: GET OUT EACH NIGHT AND WATCH THIS PAIR OF PLANETS AND YOU'LL SEE WHY THEY'RE CALLED PLANETS. THEY'RE THE WANDERERS OF THE SKY. NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE EARLY MORNING SKY.

JAMES: HERE WE ARE FACING EAST WELL BEFORE SUNRISE ON THE MORNING OF AUGUST 18TH. AND THE REALLY BIG THING IS THIS BRIGHT PAIR OF LIGHTS VENUS AND JUPITER.

DEAN: AND THEY ARE INSANELY CLOSE TOGETHER , A SUPER SCOOCHIE IF THERE EVER WAS ONE.

JAMES: SO IT'S SATURN AND MARS IN THE EVENING IN THE WEST

DEAN: AND JUPITER AND VENUS, SUPER CLOSE IN THE MORNING IN THE EAST.

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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