WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #14-40 "The Fall Sky Saga"
Air Dates October 6, 2014 - October 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. 

DEAN: AND I'M DEAN REGAS, ASTRONOMER FOR THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY.  WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY AROUND THE SKY TONIGHT.  THE ANCIENT STAR GAZERS HAD A LOT OF IMAGINATION. 

JAMES: WHEN THEY LOOKED AT THE STARS, THEY CONNECTED THE DOTS AND PICTURED PEOPLE, ANIMALS, RIVERS, AND EVEN ENTIRE SCENES.

DEAN: AND IN THE FALL EVENING SKY, IF YOU HAVE AN ANCIENT IMAGINATION YOU CAN SEE… A KING AND A QUEEN…

JAMES: A PRINCE AND A PRINCESS…

DEAN: TWO MONSTERS AND…

JAMES: A FLYING HORSE (WHO'S FLYING UPSIDE-DOWN BY THE WAY). 

DEAN: THAT'S RIGHT IT'S GONNA GET CROWDED UP THERE BUT WE CAN WALK YOU THROUGH IT.

JAMES: OKAY, WE HAVE OUR SKY SET UP FOR 9 PM FACING NORTHEAST.  ABOUT HALFWAY-UP IN THE SKY YOU' LL FIND THE FIVE, FAMILIAR STARS THAT LOOK LIKE A LETTER W. 

DEAN: THIS IS THE BEAUTIFUL BUT VAIN QUEEN CASSIOPEIA.  NOW STRETCH YOUR IMAGINATIONS A LITTLE AND SEE IF YOU CAN MAKE OUT A QUEEN OF ETHIOPIA SITTING ON HER THRONE.

JAMES: SORRY, I GUESS I DON T HAVE THAT MUCH IMAGINATION.  BUT ONCE YOU FIND HER, SHE IS THE CENTRAL CHARACTER OF OUR STORY, AND TO THE FALL CONSTELLATIONS. 

DEAN: LEGEND HAS IT THAT CASSIOPEIA BRAGGED ABOUT HER BEAUTY WAY TOO MUCH.  IN FACT ONE DAY SHE SAID (NOW GET THIS), SHE SAID, I'M MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN ALL THE MERMAIDS IN THE OCEAN. 

JAMES: YIKES!  THAT GOT POSEIDON, THE GOD OF THE SEA, WORKED UP.  HE CONFRONTED CASSIOPEIA'S HUSBAND, KING CEPHEUS, WHOSE FIVE FAINTER STARS ARE UP AND TO THE LEFT OF HIS WIFE.  THE STARS LOOK LIKE AN UPSIDE-DOWN HOUSE. 

DEAN: FOR INSULTING THE GODS, CASSIOPEIA HAD TO GIVE UP HER ONE AND ONLY DAUGHTER, THE PRINCESS ANDROMEDA, AS A SACRIFICE.  BASICALLY, THEY HAD TO CHAIN ANDROMEDA TO THE BIG ROCK IN THE OCEAN, AND LET POSEIDON'S PET SEA MONSTER EAT HER.

JAMES: YOU CAN FIND ANDROMEDA TO THE RIGHT OF CASSIOPEIA.  HER STARS LOOK MORE LIKE A SKINNY LETTER A. 

DEAN: A FOR ANDROMEDA. 

JAMES: EXACTLY. 

JAMES: ANDROMEDA ALSO HOUSES THE CLOSEST SPIRAL GALAXY TO OUR MILKY WAY.  IT'S CALLED THE ANDROMEDA GALAXY BECAUSE YOU CAN FIND IT NEAR HER RIGHT HIP-STAR.  OF COURSE IF YOU LIVE IN A LIGHT POLLUTED AREA, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE THIS GALAXY.  HOWEVER, IF YOU'RE OUT IN THE COUNTRY YOU JUST MIGHT SEE IT LOOKING LIKE A LITTLE CLOUD, BARELY VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE.

DEAN: WITH BINOCULARS YOU CAN RESOLVE A LOT MORE OF ITS CLOUDY NATURE, AND WITH A TELESCOPE YOU CAN SEE IT AS A LONG, FUZZY BLUR.  IMAGINE A GALAXY, WITH 200 BILLION STARS, THAT YOU CAN'T SEE WITH THE NAKED EYE.  SPACE IS SCARY-BIG! 

JAMES: NOW BEFORE THE SEA MONSTER MAKES HIS APPEARANCE WE MUST INTRODUCE OUR HERO, PERSEUS.  AS THE STORY GOES, PERSEUS, THAT VERY MORNING, SLEW THE WICKED GORGON MEDUSA.

DEAN: SHE'S THE ONE WITH SNAKES FOR HAIR AND TURNS YOU TO STONE WITH JUST ONE LOOK. 

JAMES: WITH HIS EYES CLOSED PERSEUS CHOPPED OFF HER HEAD, THEN PUT THE HEAD IN A BAG FOR SAFE KEEPING. 

DEAN: LATER THAT AFTERNOON, AS HE WAS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR (ON HIS WINGED SANDALS), WITH THE INFAMOUS BAG AT HIS SIDE, PERSEUS HAPPENED TO SPY A YOUNG MAIDEN IN DISTRESS.

JAMES: OUR PRINCESS, ANDROMEDA!  NOW WE'RE FACING EAST AT 10PM AND PERSEUS COMES ON THE SCENE.  YOU CAN FIND HIM AS A SQUIGGLE OF STARS BELOW ANDROMEDA'S FEET.

DEAN: THE SEA MONSTER, A CONSTELLATION NAMED CETUS, IS JUST RISING IN THE EAST-SOUTHEAST.  USING MY MODERN IMAGINATION, I THINK HIS STARS LOOK LIKE A RECLINER CHAIR.

JAMES: THAT DOESN'T SEEM SO SCARY.

DEAN: ANYWAY, PERSEUS YELLS TO ANDROMEDA, CLOSE YOUR EYES!  THEN HE CLOSES HIS EYES, REACHES INTO THE BAG AND PULLS OUT MEDUSA'S SEVERED HEAD, SHOWS IT TO THE SEA MONSTER WHO TAKES ONE LOOK AT IT AND, POOF TURNS TO STONE. 

JAMES: PERSEUS SAVES THE DAY! 

JAMES: WOW, WHAT A STARRY STORY.  A KING, A QUEEN, A PRINCE AND PRINCESS, TWO MONSTERS AND…OOPS, WE FORGOT THE FLYING HORSE. 

DEAN: OH YEAH!  PEGASUS WAS, SUPPOSEDLY, BORN FROM THIS EPIC BATTLE.  AS PERSEUS HELD OUT MEDUSA'S HEAD - THIS IS GROSS NOW - SOME OF HER BLOOD FELL INTO THE WATER, AND TURNED MAGICALLY INTO PEGASUS THE FLYING HORSE. 

JAMES: OH COME ON!  THAT IS TOO WEIRD!

DEAN: AGREED.  BUT THAT'S THE KIND OF IMAGINATION WE'RE DEALING WITH WHEN WE LEARN ABOUT THE CONSTELLATIONS.

JAMES: AND IT'S ALL THERE WHEN YOU

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #14-40 "The Fall Sky Saga"
Air Dates October 6, 2014 - October 12, 2014


ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
JAMES: EVERY FALL YOU CAN READ A SAGA IN THE SKIES.

DEAN: YOU CAN FIND CONSTELLATIONS THAT REPRESENT A KING, A QUEEN, A PRINCE, A PRINCESS, TWO MONSTERS, AND A FLYING HORSE.

JAMES: FACE NORTHEAST  AND  FIND QUEEN CASSIOPEIA LOOKING LIKE THE LETTER W. 

DEAN: TO HER LEFT, ARE FIVE STARS THAT LOOK LIKE AN UPSIDE-DOWN HOUSE.  HER HUSBAND, KING CEPHEUS.

JAMES: ON THE OTHER SIDE OF CASSIOPEIA IS HER DAUGHTER, ANDROMEDA.  HER STARS LOOK MORE LIKE A SKINNY LETTER A. 

DEAN: AND AT ANDROMEDA'S FEET IS THE SQUIGGLY CONSTELLATION OF PERSEUS THE PRINCE, THE HERO OF THE FALL SKY HOLDING THE SEVERED HEAD OF MEDUSA.

JAMES: FACING EAST NOW YOU CAN SEE WHAT PERSEUS IS AIMING MEDUSA'S HEAD AT - THE SEA MONSTER CONSTELLATION CETUS. 

DEAN: HE'S TURNING TO STONE AS WE SPEAK.

JAMES: THAT LEAVES THE FLYING HORSE, PEGASUS  IN THE SOUTHEASTERN SKY.

DEAN: ALL OF THESE CONSTELLATIONS ARE LINKED IN ONE STELLAR MYTH SO CHECK THEM OUT AND

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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