WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #15-02 "The Great Star And Constellation Shootout"
Air Dates January 12, 2014 - January 18, 2015



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 PLAN PLANETARIUM IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA. WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY AROUND THE SKY TONIGHT. YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS, BUT ASTRONOMERS CAN BE KINDA COMPETITIVE.

DEAN: A FRIENDLY, NERDY KIND OF COMPETITIVE. OFTEN WHEN THEY GET TOGETHER AT CONFERENCES THEY PLAY THE GREAT STAR AND CONSTELLATION SHOOTOUT! BASICALLY THE ASTRONOMERS SIT IN A PLANETARIUM, TURN OFF THE LIGHTS, PUT THE STARS ON THE CEILING, AND START NAMING STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS.

JAMES: THEY POINT AT EACH OBJECT WITH A RED LASER, GIVE THE NAME, AND IF CORRECT, MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND. IF THEY'RE WRONG, OR CAN'T FIND A STAR OR CONSTELLATION THEY KNOW, THEY'RE OUT.

DEAN: THE LAST ASTRONOMER STANDING… ER, SITTING, WINS. SO JAMES AND I ARE GOING TO GO HEAD TO HEAD, FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT THIS WEEK.

JAMES: THATS RIGHT. TWO TITANS AT THE PEAK OF THEIR STAR GAZING ABILITIES. DEAN WITH HIS KNOWLEDGE OF OBSCURE STAR NAMES…

DEAN: AND JAMES WITH HIS CONSTELLATION CONNOISEUR-SHIP.

JAMES: CONNOISEUR-SHIP?

DEAN: THATS NOT A WORD IS IT?

JAMES: NOPE.

DEAN: ANYWAY, LET THE GREAT STAR AND CONSTELLATION SHOOTOUT BEGIN!

(STOP DROP)

JAMES: OKAY, ARE YOU READY FOUREYES?

DEAN: BRING IT ON STAR GEEK! WE'VE GOT OUR SKIES SET FOR 10PM LOOKING EAST. HERE YOU CAN FIND LEO THE LION, RECOGNIZABLE BY THE BACKWARD QUESTION MARK OF STARS FORHIS HEAD AND A TRIANGLE OF STARS FOR A REAR END.

JAMES: CORRECT. AND LEO'S BRIGHTEST STAR IS CALLED REGULUS MEANING LITTLE KING.

DEAN: FOR THE KING OF THE BEASTS. AND THERE IS ALGEIBA, A NICE DOUBLE STAR.

JAMES: ABOVE ALGEIBA IS ALDHAFERA.

DEAN: AND THAT SUPER BRIGHT THING IS THE PLANET JUPITER

JAMES: AND JUST RISING IN THE EAST IS DENEBOLA, THE TAIL OF LEO THE LION.

DEAN: SO FAR SO GOOD.

(STOP)

JAMES: NOW WE'RE FACING SOUTH AT 10PM AND WE CAN SEE ORION HIGH IN THE SKY.

DEAN: BELOW HIM IS THE RABBIT CONSTELLATION CALLED LEPUS.

JAMES: ABOVE ORION'S RIGHT SHOULDER IS TAURUS THE BULL.

DEAN: AND TO THE RIGHT OF LEPUS IS THE CONSTELLATION ERIDANUS. OKAY, JAMES SINCE YOU PICKED ORION, I CHALLENGE YOU TO A STAR LIGHTNING ROUND.

JAMES: OH GOODY!

(STOP) AND ZOOM IN TO ORION WITH JAMES AND DEAN ON THE SKY CARS

DEAN: OKAY, WE'RE ZOOMED IN ON ORION AND WE'RE GOING TO NAME STARS. GO!

JAMES: RIGEL

DEAN: BELLATRIX

JAMES: MEISSA

DEAN: ALNITAK

JAMES: ALNILAM

DEAN: MINTAKA

JAMES: SAIPH

DEAN: BETELGEUSE

JAMES: AHHHH, GOOD PLAY MR. REGAS.

DEAN: WE COULD BE HERE ALL NIGHT.

(STOP) BACK ON HORIZON

DEAN: OKAY NOW WE'RE FACING SOUTHEAST AT 9PM. THERE'S SIRIUS, THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY.

JAMES: WHO'S PART OF THE CONSTELLATION CANIS MAJOR.

DEAN: THERE'S THE BRIGHT YELLOW STAR PROCYON…

JAMES: ALSO KNOWN AS THE LITTLE DOG STAR IN THE CONSTELLATION CANIS MINOR.

DEAN: THERE'S THE YELLOW-ORANGE STAR POLLUX…

JAMES: AND BLUE-WHITE CASTOR ABOVE IT….

DEAN: WHO ARE THE HEADS OF THE CONSTELLATION GEMINI THE TWINS.

JAMES: OKAY WHAT'S THAT STAR ABOVE PROCYON?

DEAN: GOMEISA, THE OTHER STAR IN CANIS MINOR. I KNOW, THAT CONSTELLATION IS A REAL HOT DOG. WHAT'S THE STAR BETWEEN THE GEMINI TWINS AND ORION'S BETELGEUSE?

JAMES: ALHENA, THE HEEL OF POLLUX. WHAT'S CANIS MAJORS HEAD STAR CALLED?

DEAN: THAT'S MIRZAM. OOH, HERE'S A TOUGHIE. WHATS THE FAINT CONSTELLATION BETWEEN CANIS MAJOR AND CANIS MINOR?

JAMES: THAT'S MONOCEROS THE UNICORN - A CONSTELLATION INVENTED BY THE DUTCH CARTOGRAPHER PETRUS PLANCIUS IN THE 17TH CENTURY TO FILL IN THE EMPTY SPACE.

DEAN: YOU'RE GOOD ALBURY. VERY GOOD.

JAMES: YOU'VE PROVEN TO BE A WORTHY OPPONENT!

(STOP)

DEAN: FINALLY WERE FACING NORTH AT 10PM AND WE SEE POLARIS, AKA THE NORTH STAR ABOUT HALFWAY UP IN THE SKY.

JAMES: POLARIS MARKS THE TAIL OF THE LITTLE BEAR, THE CONSTELLATION URSA MINOR.

DEAN: IT'S ALSO PART OF THE ASTERISM CALLED THE LITTLE DIPPER. THE STARS MARKING THE END OF THE LITTLE DIPPER'S SPOON ARE CALLED, KOCHAB…

JAMES: AND PHERKAD.

DEAN: TO THE RIGHT IS URSA MAJOR, A HUGE CONSTELLATION THAT CONTAINS THE STARS IN THE BIG DIPPER.

JAMES: WHICH INCLUDES THE STARS ALKAID

DEAN: MIZAR

JAMES: WITH A TINY, LITTLE STAR ABOVE IT CALLED ALCOR, BARELY VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE.

DEAN: THEN THERE'S ALIOTH

JAMES: FAINT LITTLE MEGREZ

DEAN: PHEKDA

JAMES: MERAK

DEAN: AND DUBHE. WELL, WE JUST CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED A HECKUVA LOT OF STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS.

JAMES: YEP, AND I BET WE HAVE A LOT MORE WE COULD NAME. IF ONLY WE HAD MORE TIME.

DEAN: WHAT DO YOU SAY WE CALL IT A TIE?

JAMES: SOUNDS GOOD.

DEAN: IF WE CAN LEARN ALL THESE THE STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS IN THE SKY, YOU CAN TOO. JUST FOLLOW OUR SIMPLE ADVICE AND…

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #15-02 "The Great Star and Costellation Shootout"
Air Dates January 12, 2015 - January 18, 2015



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT

DEAN: YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS, BUT ASTRONOMERS CAN BE KINDA COMPETITIVE.

JAMES: WE TEST OUR SKILLS WITH A GAME CALLED THE GREAT STAR AND CONSTELLATION SHOOTOUT!

(STOP DROP)

DEAN: WE TAKE TURNS NAMING STARS IN THE EVENING SKY LIKE SIRIUS OVER THERE IN THE SOUTHWEST.

JAMES: OR THE LARGER GROUP OF STARS, LIKE THE CONSTELLATION CANIS MAJOR. WE KEEP NAMING OBJECTS UNTIL ONE OF US IS STUMPED.

DEAN: OKAY, THERE'S ORION

JAMES: AND HIS STARS RIGEL…

DEAN: BELLATRIX…

JAMES: SAIPH…

DEAN: AND BETELGEUSE

(STOP)

DEAN: TO THE EAST YOU'LL SEE LEO THE LION

JAMES: WITH THE BRIGHT STAR REGULUS

DEAN: AND THE BRIGHT PLANET JUPITER HIGHER UP. (PAUSE TO PAN THE SKY)

JAMES: AND IN THE NORTHEAST YOU'LL FIND URSA MAJOR, THE BIG BEAR CONSTELLATION

DEAN: WITH THE BIG DIPPER INSIDE OF IT AND THE STARS ALKAID…

JAMES: MIZAR

DEAN: ALIOTH

JAMES: MEGREZ

DEAN: PHEKDA

JAMES: MERAK

DEAN: AND DUBHE

JAMES: WE COULD DO THIS FOR HOURS.

DEAN: UNFORTUNATELY WE ONLY HAVE A MINUTE BUT YOU CAN PLAY YOUR OWN VERSION OF THE SHOOTOUT TONIGHT AS YOU

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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