WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #15-04 "Meet the Orion Family"
Air Dates January 26, 2014 - February 1, 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 PLA PLANETARIUM IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA. WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY AROUND THE SKY TONIGHT.

DEAN: THIS WEEK WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON A GROUP OF WINTER CONSTELLATIONS SURROUNDING ORION THE MIGHTY HUNTER.

JAMES: OFTEN CALLED THE ORION FAMILY, THESE CONSTELLATIONS HAVE SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST STARS AND MOST EASILY RECOGNIZED STAR FORMATIONS IN THE SKY.

DEAN: NOW, THE ANCIENTS WATCHED THE SKY THE SAME WAY WE WATCH TV. GET THIS, WHEN THEY TUNED INTO THE WINTER STARS, THEY SAW A GIANT HUNTER WITH THREE STARS FOR A BELT BEING TRAMPLED BY A BULL WITH SEVEN WOMEN ON ITS BACK WHILE TWO HUNTING DOGS WERE CHASING AFTER A UNICORN AND A BUNNY RABBIT DOWN BY THE RIVER.

JAMES: YOU MIGHT BE THINKING, HOW CAN ANYONE SEE THAT MUCH INTO THE STARS. DON'T WORRY, WE'LL WALK YOU THROUGH IT AND INTRODUCE YOU TO THE ORION FAMILY.

(STOP DROP)

JAMES: OKAY, WE'VE GOT OUR SKIES SET FOR 9PM FACING SOUTH. THE CONSTELLATION ORION TAKES CENTER STAGE AND HE'LL PLAY THE CENTRAL ROLE IN OUR WINTER SKY SAGA.

DEAN: THERE ARE A LOT OF BRIGHT STARS IN THIS AREA OF THE SKY, AND WE HAVE AN ANCIENT STORY THAT TIES THEM ALL TOGETHER. ORION'S BRIGHTEST STARS ARE BLUE RIGEL ON HIS LEFT FOOT, AND RUBY-RED BETELGEUSE MARKING HIS, UH, ARMPIT.

JAMES: EW, STINKY! BUT OF COURSE, ORION IS MOST FAMOUS FOR HIS TRADEMARK BELT - THREE STARS ALL LINED UP. NOT ONLY ARE THE BELT STARS YOUR CUE THAT YOU'VE FOUND ORION, THEY'LL ALSO POINT YOU TO SEVERAL OTHER CONSTELLATIONS.

(STOP) DEAN AND JAMES IN SPACE ZOOMED IN TO ORION, TAURUS, AND PLEIADES

DEAN: CONNECT A LINE THROUGH THE BELT-STARS, AND KEEP GOING UP AND TO THE RIGHT. YOU'LL PASS JUST UNDER A BRIGHT ORANGE STAR CALLED ALDEBARAN. LOOK OUT, BECAUSE THIS IS THE MENACING EYE OF TAURUS THE BULL. TAURUS HAS A SMALL V SHAPE OF FIVE STARS FOR A FACE AND TWO LONG HORNS. NOW IF YOU CONTINUE PAST THE V OF TAURUS YOU'LL RUN SMACK DAB INTO THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST OPEN STAR CLUSTER IN THE NORTHERN SKY. THESE ARE THE PLEIADES OR SEVEN SISTERS. THE PLEIADES LOOK LIKE A LITTLE CLOUD TO THE NAKED EYE BUT UPON SECOND GLANCE YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO MAKE OUT 5 OR 6 OF THE INDIVIDUAL STARS. IN A GOOD PAIR OF BINOCULARS, THEY ARE JUST AWESOME!

(ZOOM IN)

JAMES: FORMED FROM THE SAME NEBULA, THE SEVEN SISTERS ARE YOUNG HOT STARS BURNING THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS. THESE STARS MAY ONLY LIVE MILLIONS OF YEARS AS OPPOSED TO OUR SUN WHICH HAS A LIFESPAN OF ABOUT 10 BILLION YEARS. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE THAN SEVEN OF THEM! THE CLUSTER INCLUDES HUNDREDS OF STARS, WITH ONLY THE SEVEN BRIGHTEST VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE.

(STOP)

DEAN: IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY, ORION FELL IN LOVE WITH THE SISTERS - ALL SEVEN OF THEM. THE SISTERS, WELL THEY DIDN'T CARE FOR HIM AT ALL. UP IN THE SKY THE SISTERS ARE SITTING PRETTY ON THE BULL'S BACK WHILE ORION MUST FEND OFF THEIR SWORN PROTECTOR.

JAMES: THE GODS LET ORION BRING HIS FAVORITE TWO HUNTING DOGS UP TO THE SKY WITH HIM. THIS TIME LET THE BELT STARS POINT YOU DOWN AND TO THE LEFT. WHEN YOU KEEP GOING, YOU'LL RUN INTO THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY, SIRIUS. ALSO KNOWN AS THE DOG STAR, SIRIUS MARKS THE NOSE OF CANIS MAJOR, THE BIG DOG.

DEAN: FROM SIRIUS, MAKE A 90 DEGREE TURN UP AND TO THE LEFT TO FIND THE LITTLE DOG STAR, PROCYON IN CANIS MINOR. AWW, WHAT A CUTE LITTLE PUPPY.

JAMES: UNFORTUNATELY THE TWO DOGS ARENT HELPING ORION WITH THE BULL. THEY'RE TOO BUSY CHASING AFTER A UNICORN… (THE CONSTELLATION MONOCEROS) AND A BUNNY RABBIT… (THE CONSTELLATION LEPUS) BY THE BANKS OF THE COSMIC RIVER… (THE CONSTELLATION ERIDANUS).

DEAN: AND YOU MIGHT NOTICE THIS WEEK ANOTHER VISITOR PASSING THROUGH THE ORION FAMILY. DAY BY DAY, THE MOON WILL MOVE THROUGH TAURUS AND OVER ORION'S HEAD AS JANUARY TURNS TO FEBRUARY. SO, TONIGHT AFTER SUNSET, GO TO THE HEAVENLY MOVIES AND SEE A GIANT HUNTER… BEING TRAMPLED BY A BULL… WITH SEVEN WOMEN ON ITS BACK… WHILE TWO HUNTING DOGS… CHASE AFTER A UNICORN… AND A BUNNY RABBIT… DOWN BY THE RIVER.

JAMES: WHEW! THIS IS THE ORION FAMILY OF CONSTELLATIONS AND THEYRE THE SAME STARS OUR ANCESTORS HAVE MARVELED AT FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. YOU CAN GET TO KNOW THEM ALL THIS MONTH IF YOU…

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #15-04 "Meet the Orion Family"
Air Dates January 26, 2015 - February 1, 2015



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT

DEAN: THIS WEEK ORION'S BELT WILL LEAD YOU ON A CONSTELLATION TOUR OF THE WINTER SKY.

JAMES: LET'S SHOW YOU!

(STOP DROP)

JAMES: WHEN YOU LOOK TO THE SOUTH TONIGHT, YOU CANT' MISS ORION AND HIS SNAZZY BELT OF THREE STARS.

DEAN: FOLLOW THE BELT UP AND TO THE RIGHT AND, BULL'S EYE, YOU'LL PASS JUST BELOW THE BRIGHT ORANGE STAR ALDEBARAN, THE EYE OF TAURUS THE BULL. KEEP GOING TO DISCOVER THE SEVEN SISTERS, ORION'S FORBIDDEN LOVES.

JAMES: WHEN WE ZOOM IN ON THE SISTERS WITH BINOCULARS CHECK OUT THE VIEW!

(STOP)

DEAN: SHOOTING AN ARROW DOWN AND TO THE LEFT OF THE BELT STARS WILL TAKE YOU TO SIRIUS THE DOG STAR, BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY.

JAMES: UP AND TO THE LEFT OF SIRIUS YOU'LL FIND THE LITTLE DOG STAR, BRIGHT WHITE PROCYON. THESE TWO STARS ARE PART OF ORION'S HUNTING DOGS CANIS MAJOR AND CANIS MINOR.

DEAN: LET ORION'S BELT SHOW YOU THE WAY AS YOU…

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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