WPBT2's Star Gazers

Episode #15-05 "The Valentine's Day Stars"
Air Dates February 2 - February 8, 2015



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. IF YOU WANT TO GIVE YOUR SWEETHEART SOMETHING SPECIAL AND OUT OF THIS WORLD FOR VALENTINE'S DAY WE HAVE A TRIO OF EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL OBJECTS IN THE COSMOS, GIFT WRAPPED AND READY TO PRESENT.

JAMES: LET'S SHOW YOU.

(STOP & DROP)

JAMES: O.K., WE'VE GOT OUR SKIES SET UP FOR VALENTINE'S NIGHT, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH, AFTER SUNSET FACING WEST WHERE YOU'LL SEE AN EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL, DAZZLINGLY BRILLIANT OBJECT THAT MAY LOOK LIKE A STAR. BUT A STAR IT IS NOT. IT IS, INSTEAD, THE BRIGHTEST PLANET WE CAN SEE FROM EARTH, THE PLANET NAMED FOR WHAT ELSE??, THE ROMAN GODDESS OF LOVE, 8,000 MILE WIDE VENUS.

DEAN: IF YOU HAVE A TELESCOPE TAKE A LOOK AT VENUS AND YOU'LL SEE THAT VENUS IS NOT QUITE ROUND. VENUS IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM SO IT'S MUCH SMALLER NOW THAN IT WILL BE THIS SUMMER WHEN IT WILL BE MUCH, MUCH CLOSER.

JAMES: LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT HOW VENUS WILL CHANGE ITS APPEARANCE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. HERE'S OUR GIBBOUS VENUS RIGHT NOW. AND LET'S SPEED UP TIME AND WATCH AS VENUS CHANGES ITS PHASE AND GETS MUCH LARGER AS IT GETS CLOSER TO EARTH IN ITS ORBIT OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. QUITE A CHANGE, HUH??

DEAN: BUT YOU CAN CELEBRATE THIS VALENTINE'S DAY BY FIRST SHOWING YOUR LOVED ONE THE SUPER BRIGHT PLANET OF THE GODDESS OF LOVE SHINING DOWN ON BOTH OF YOU, WHICH WILL BE PRETTIER THAN ANY VALENTINE'S DAY CARD OUT THERE.

JAMES: THEN FOR A SUPER SPECIAL COSMIC VALENTINE LOOK DUE SOUTH BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8 AND 9 P.M. AND YOU'LL SEE A VERY BRIGHT RED STAR SHINING ABOVE THE HORIZON. IN FACT IT'S THE BRIGHTEST RED STAR WE CAN SEE WITH THE NAKED EYE FROM PLANET EARTH AND, JUST COINCIDENTALLY, IT REACHES ITS HIGHEST POINT ABOVE THE HORIZON EVERY VALENTINE'S DAY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8 AND 9 P.M.

DEAN: IT MARKS THE SHOULDER STAR OF THE GREAT SKY-GIANT ORION THE HUNTER AND ITS NAME IS BETELGEUSE WHICH MOST PEOPLE PRONOUNCE BEETLE JUICE. AND IF YOU'VE EVER WANTED TO GIVE YOUR LOVED ONE A REALLY BIG VALENTINE, WELL THIS IS ABOUT AS BIG AS IT GETS.

(STOP & FLY)

DEAN: IF WE COMPARE BETELGEUSE THE VALENTINE'S STAR, WITH OUR OWN STAR, THE SUN AND OUR OWN PLANET THE EARTH, YOU'LL UNDERSTAND JUST HOW BIG. OUR EARTH IS 8,000 MILES WIDE, WHICH MEANS IT IS PRETTY DINKY COMPARED TO OUR SUN, WHICH IS 865,000 MILES WIDE. IN FACT, WE COULD FIT OVER ONE MILLION EARTH'S INSIDE OUR SUN. BETELGEUSE HOWEVER, IS SO HUGE WE COULD FIT OVER 160 MILLION OF OUR SUNS INSIDE IT. AND THAT'S JUST WHEN BETELGEUSE IS AT ITS SMALLEST SIZE.

JAMES: WE SAY SMALLEST SIZE BECAUSE BETELGEUSE CHANGES ITS SIZE REGULARLY LIKE A GIGANTIC SLOWLY PULSATING HEART, ONE THAT BEATS HOWEVER, ONLY ONCE EVERY 6 YEARS.

DEAN: WHEN BETELGEUSE IS FULLY CONTRACTED AND AT ITS SMALLEST SIZE IT IS STILL ABOUT 500 TIMES THE WIDTH OF OUR SUN BUT WHEN IT EXPANDS TO ITS BIGGEST SIZE IT IS ALMOST 900 TIMES AS WIDE.

JAMES: OR IF YOU CARE TO THINK OF IT THIS WAY, IF WE COULD PLACE BETELGEUSE WHERE OUR SUN IS, WHEN BETELGEUSE IS AT ITS SMALLEST, IT WOULD STRETCH OUT PAST THE ORBITS OF MERCURY, VENUS, EARTH, AND ALL THE WAY TO MARS. BUT WHEN IT'S AT ITS LARGEST IT WILL REACH ALL THE WAY TO JUPITER. WOW!

(STOP & DROP)

DEAN: SO THAT'S VENUS IN THE WEST AFTER SUNSET

JAMES: THE RED HEART STAR BETLEGEUSE IN THE SOUTH

DEAN: AND IF YOU TURN AND LOOK EAST YOU'LL SPOT JUPITER THE KING. IT IS THE BIGGEST AND ALMOST THE BRIGHTEST PLANET WE CAN SEE FROM EARTH, THE PLANET NAMED FOR THE ROMAN KING OF THE GODS. IF YOU HAVE BINOCULARS OR A TELESCOPE TAKE A LOOK AT JUPITER ON VALENTINE'S NIGHTAND LOOK FOR A CLOSE PAIR OF LIGHTS ABOVE JUPITER. THEY ARE TWO OF JUPITER'S MOONS, IO AND EUROPA. AND YOU CAN WATCH THEM SEPARATE AFTER AN EARLY EVENING KISS THAT NIGHT.

JAMES: SO, THERE YOU HAVE IT. A BRILLIANT PLANET NAMED FOR THE KING OF THE GODS RIGHT AFTER SUNSET IN THE EAST. IN THE WEST THE PLANET OF LOVE VENUS AND DUE SOUTH BETWEEN 8 AND 9 P.M. AND AT ITS HIGHEST, THE BIGGEST COSMIC VALENTINE YOU'LL EVER WANT TO GIVE, BETELGEUSE; A GIANT RED STAR SLOWLY BEATING LIKE A HEAVENLY HEART FOR YOUR SWEETHEART COURTESY OF OUR LOCAL GALAXY.

DEAN: IS THIS A ROMANTIC COSMOS OR WHAT?

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

Episode #15-05 "The Valentine's Day Stars"
Air Dates February 2 - February 8, 2015



ONE MINUTE EPISODE SCRIPT

JAMES: WANT TO GIVE YOUR SWEETHEART THE BIGGEST VALENTINE EVER?

DEAN: THEN GO OUT WITH YOUR HONEY VALENTINE'S NIGHT FOR A HUGE RED VALENTINE'S STAR

JAMES: AND TWO BRIGHT DIAMONDS.

DEAN: LET'S SHOW YOU.

(STOP & DROP)

JAMES: OUR SKIES ARE SET UP FOR AN HOUR AFTER SUNSET, FACE SOUTHEAST, AND YOU'LL SEE THE BRIGHTEST RED STAR VISIBLE FROM PLANET EARTH.

DEAN: IT'S BETELGEUSE THE RED SHOULDER STAR OF ORION THE HUNTER.

JAMES: LOOK FARTHER EAST AND YOU'LL SEE THE KING OF THE PLANETS JUPITER.

DEAN: TURN AND LOOK LOW IN THE WEST AND YOU'LL SEE THE PLANET OF LOVE VENUS.

JAMES: SO WE HAVE A RED VALENTINES DAY STAR BETELGEUSE FLANKED BY A PAIR OF DIAMONDS IN THE EVENING SKY.

(STOP - SKY BOARDS)

DEAN: BETELGEUSE SLOWLY PULSATES LIKE A GIANT HEART AND IF WE COULD PLACE IT WHERE OUR SUN IS, IT WOULD REACH PAST MARS. AND WHEN FULLY EXPANDED, ALL THE WAY OUT TO JUPITER.

JAMES: SO THIS VALENTINE'S DAY, GIVE THE BIGGEST VALENTINE OF ALL, A GIANT RED STAR, PULSING LIKE A HEART FULL OF COSMIC LOVE.

BOTH: KEEP LOOKING UP!

 

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