WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #14-41 "A Partial Solar Eclipse, and Say Goodbye to Saturn"
Air Dates October 13, 2014 - October 19, 2014


FIVE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
DEAN: HEY THERE STAR GAZERS, I'M DEAN REGAS, ASTRONOMER FOR THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY.

JAMES: AND I'M JAMES ALBURY, DIRECTOR OF THE KIKA SILVA PLA PLANETARIUM IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA. WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY AROUND THE SKY TONIGHT. HEY DEAN, WE'VE GOT A NICE, RARE CELESTIAL EVENT COMING UP.

DEAN: I'M LISTENING...

JAMES: YOU WANT THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT IT OR THE BAD NEWS FIRST?

DEAN: THE GOOD NEWS.

JAMES: ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 23 WE WILL HAVE A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. THE NEW MOON WILL COVER  A PORTION OF THE SUNS DISC AND MAKE A DRAMATIC SIGHT FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE WESTERN HALF OF
THE COUNTRY.

DEAN: THAT IS GOOD NEWS. I'M EXCITED! BUT WAIT, WHAT'S THE BAD NEWS?

JAMES: THE BAD NEWS IS THAT THE MIDWEST WILL HAVE A HARD TIME VIEWING IT AND THE EAST COAST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE IT AT ALL.

DEAN: THAT IS BAD NEWS. SO EVERYONE WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI, GET READY. THIS ECLIPSE IS FOR YOU. FOR EVERYONE ELSE, WE CAN GIVE YOU A PREVIEW OF THIS DRAMATIC ECLIPSE AS WELL AS TAKE ONE LAST LOOK AT SATURN FOR THE SEASON.

JAMES: LET'S SHOW YOU!

DEAN: FOR SOLAR ECLIPSES, LOCATION IS VERY IMPORTANT. FIRST LET'S LOOK AT THE SKY ON OCTOBER 23RD FROM MIAMI FLORIDA. WE ARE LOOKING WEST AT 6 PM. LET'S ZOOM IN ON THE SUN TO SEE IF WE CAN CATCH THE ECLIPSE.

JAMES: NOW REMEMBER TO ALWAYS USE OFFICIAL, CERTIFIED SAFE SOLAR VIEWING METHODS WHENEVER LOOKING AT THE SUN. EVEN A BRIEF UNPROTECTED GLANCE CAN DAMAGE YOUR EYES.

DEAN: AS WE ADVANCE TIME, THE MOON WILL APPEAR TO SLIDE IN FRONT OF THE SUN AND TAKE A BITE OUT OF IT. AND THEN...

JAMES: WHAT WAS THAT?

DEAN: THAT WOULD BE THE GROUND. FROM MIAMI, THE SUN WILL SET JUST AS THE ECLIPSE BEGINS. AND THAT BLASTED WESTERN HORIZON WILL GET IN THE WAY. IF ONLY WE HAD SOME MEANS OF TRAVELING WEST REALLY REALLY FAST TO SEE MORE OF THIS ECLIPSE.

JAMES: UH, WE HAVE SKYBOARDS.

DEAN: OH YEAH, LET'S FLY!

JAMES: OKAY NOW WE'RE OUT IN SEATTLE WASHINGTON FACING SOUTH AT 1PM. PRESUMING IT'S NOT RAINING LET'S ZOOM IN TO THE SUN AGAIN, EMPLOYING OUR SAFE SOLAR FILTERS, AND WE CAN SEE THAT THE FIRST CONTACT OF THE MOON WILL HAPPEN AT ABOUT 1:35PM. THE MOON WILL KEEP COVERING  MORE OF THE SUN UNTIL ABOUT 3 PM WHEN OVER HALF OF THE SUN'S SURFACE WILL BE OBSCURED.

DEAN: THE MOON WILL CONTINUE ON ITS WAY, AND THE SUN WILL RETURN TO ITS NORMAL, CIRCULAR SELF AT 4:20 PM. SO WE TRAVELED FAR ENOUGH WEST TO SEE THE ENTIRE PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE! FOR ECLIPSE TIMES WHERE YOU LIVE, CHECK OUR WEBSITE: WWW.STARGAZERONLINE.ORG FOR ALL THE INFO.

JAMES: I'M SORRY TO SAY YOU STARGAZERS IN BOSTON, BALTIMORE, AND BOCA RATON WILL HAVE TO WATCH A LIVE WEBSTREAM OF THIS ECLIPSE. CHECK OUT WWW.USTREAM.TV

DEAN: BUT FOR YOU STARGAZERS IN SEATTLE, SACRAMENTO, AND SAN DIEGO, GET YOUR AUTHORIZED ECLIPSE
GLASSES READY AND SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.

JAMES: A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE IS REALLY COOL BUT IT CAN'T COMPARE TO THE BIG ONE! A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. THESE ARE SO RARE THAT WE HAVEN'T HAD ONE IN THE UNITES STATES SINCE JULY 11TH, 1991.

DEAN: AND THAT ONE WAS ONLY VISIBLE IN HAWAII.

JAMES: YOU WERE IN HAWAII IN 1991?

DEAN: I WISH. SO I'M NOT GOING TO MISS THE NEXT ONE. I ALREADY MARKED MY CALENDAR FOR AUGUST 21, 2017. ON THAT DAY IF YOU'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME (AND ITS NOT CLOUDY), YOU WILL SEE THE MOON BLOCK OUT THE ENTIRE SURFACE OF THE SUN.

JAMES: IT'LL BE THE MOST AMAZING SIGHT YOU'VE EVER SEEN. THE LIGHT TURNS AN EERIE SHADE, PLANETS AND STARS BECOME VISIBLE IN THE DAYTIME, AND THE SUN WILL BE REPLACED BY A PERFECT BLACK CIRCLE.

DEAN: OOH, IT GIVES ME CHILLS JUST THINKING ABOUT IT!

JAMES: LESS THAN THREE YEARS AWAY.

JAMES: HERE'S SOMETHING FOR ALL OUR STARGAZERS. SATURN IS HEADING OFF INTO THE SUNSET AND THIS MAY BE THE LAST WEEK FOR YOU TO SEE IT.

DEAN: THAT'S RIGHT JAMES. YOU'LL NEED A CLEAR VIEW TO THE WESTERN HORIZON TO SEE SATURN JUST AFTER
SUNSET. AND I MEAN JUST AFTER SUNSET. THERE IT IS, LOW IN THE WEST-SOUTHWESTERN SKY.

JAMES: LET'S ZOOM IN ON SATURN ONE LAST TIME.

DEAN: AAH, THAT IS, PLANETARY PERFECTION.

JAMES: FOR YOU EARLY BIRDS, YOU'LL SEE SATURN POP OUT AGAIN INTO THE MORNING SKY IN THE DARK COLD MONTH OF DECEMBER. UNTIL THEN LOOK FOR THE PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ON OCTOBER 23RD

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #14-41 "A Partial Solar Eclipse, and Say Goodbye to Saturn"
Air Dates October 13, 2014 - October 19, 2014


ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT
JAMES: ON OCTOBER 23RD THE WESTERN HALF OF THE U.S. CAN SEE A PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE.

DEAN: AND EVERYONE MUST SAY SAYONARA TO SATURN.

JAMES: AFTER SUNSET, THE BRIGHT STAR ARCTURUS WILL POP INTO VIEW AND JUST MAYBE YOU CAN SPY SATURN LOWER IN THE SOUTHWEST. 

DEAN: LOOK CAREFULLY BECAUSE IT MIGHT GET LOST IN THE GLARE OF SUNSET.

DEAN: FOR ECLIPSES, LOCATION IS IMPORTANT SO WE'RE IN SEATTLE WASHINGTON, ON OCTOBER 23RD FACING SOUTH AT 1PM.  LET'S ZOOM IN.

JAMES: THE ECLIPSE WILL BEGIN AROUND 1:36 PM.  THEN  AROUND 3 PM, HALF OF THE SUN WILL BE ECLIPSED BY THE MOON.

DEAN: THE MOON WILL  LEAVE THE SUN AT AROUND 4:20 PM.  I'M SORRY TO SAY THAT IN CINCINNATI IT WILL ONLY BE VISIBLE FOR A FEW MINUTES …

JAMES: AND IN MIAMI, NOT AT ALL.

DEAN: FOR TIPS ON VIEWING THE PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE  IN PERSON OR ONLINE VISIT OUR WEBSITE:

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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