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STAR GAZER

Episode # 04-09 / 1369th Show
To Be Aired : Monday 3/01/2004 through
Sunday 3/07/2004

"Orion's Belt: Three Of My Favorite Stars With Really Nifty Names"


Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings fellow stargazers. This week I'd like to show you how to find the most famous constellation of winter easy as pie and to do that we'll use three of my favorite stars. O.K., we've got our skies set up for the month of March in early evening. And if you face south I want you to carefully look for three stars that appear to be equally spaced in a row, which is not too difficult to do because they are the only three such equally spaced stars in a row visible to the naked eye. Now for thousands of years in almost all cultures these three stars have been seen as either the waist or the belt of a great sky giant, usually male but sometimes, female. Two bright stars above these three mark the giant's shoulders and two bright stars below mark the giant's knees. And although this cosmic giant has been called many names throughout history, the name we use today is "Orion" who was a giant warrior hunter in ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

And his three belt stars have fascinated me since I was a young man. For two reasons: one, because they are the only equally spaced stars in a row you can see with the naked eye and two, I just love the sound of their names. Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. Alnilam comes from the Arabic which means "string of pearls" which also refers to all three. Alnitak means "girdle" and Mintaka means "belt". But no matter what they mean I just love to repeat their names; Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka, because they sound so poetic don't you think? And I'm not alone in thinking them poetic. In fact, the 19th century poet Llfred Lord Tennyson wrote, "Those three stars of the airy giant's zone that glitter burnished by the frosty dark." But in addition to their poetic beauty their science is equally wonderful.

According to the latest measurements Mintaka, the smallest and dimmest of the three, is still a whopping 20 times the diameter of our own million mile wide Sun. Alnitak is even larger, 25 times our Sun's diameter. And the middle star Alnilam blows both of the others away with a whopping width 30 times that of our Sun. Just think, we could line up 20 of our Suns side by side across Mintaka, 25 suns side by side across Alnitak and 30 suns across Alnilam. But if that's not enough to impress you then think about how far away these three are.

Now we measure distance to the stars in terms of the speed of light. Light travels 186,000 miles per second. So we say our Sun is 8 1/3 light minutes away because it takes 8 1/3 minutes for light to reach us from our Sun. So we actually see our Sun as it existed 8 1/3 minutes ago. The belt stars of Orion however are incredibly far away. They're 1200 light years away, which means it takes 1200 years for their light to reach us. So when you look at Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka keep in mind that you are seeing them not as they exist now but as they existed 1200 years ago around the year 800 a.d. Wow! I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!

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Star Gazer Minute

#04-09 M

3/01/2004 thru 3/07/2004

"Orion's Fabulous Belt Stars"

Horkheimer: I'd like to show you how to find winter's most famous constellation, Orion the hunter by using three of my favorite stars. Every March in early evening face south and you'll see three equally spaced stars in a row. They mark the belt of Orion. And I just love the sound of their names; Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka. All three make our sun look puny by comparison. Even the smallest Mintaka is 20 times the diameter of our own million mile wide sun; Alnitak is 25 times as wide and Alnilam 30 times as wide. And at a distance of 1200 light years away we see them not as they exist now but as they existed 1200 years ago. Wow! Keep Looking Up!

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STAR GAZER

Episode #04-10 /1370th Show
To Be Aired : Monday 3/08/2004 through Sunday 3/14/2004

"The Astronomical Explanation For The Vernal Equinox
And Why The Yellow Line In The Middle Of The Road
Is So Much Fun On The First Day Of Spring"


Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers. Since spring officially begins next week on Saturday March 20th I feel it is appropriate for me to once again welcome in the season with my occasional annual spring poem which goes thusly. Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is; a poem which was quite appropriate to my childhood in Wisconsin because as kids we would compete to see who would see the first robin of spring. And although the robin's return to northern climes and the greening of the grass are unofficial indicators of spring, the official beginning of spring is an astronomical moment in time which marks the precise moment our Sun crosses and lies smack dab on the celestial equator. And that moment this year in the northern hemisphere is 1:49 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, Saturday March 20th. But "how," you ask, "does this Sun on the celestial equator stuff work? Well, let me show you.

O.K., for simplicity's sake let's simply imagine that we can take our Earth's equator and extend it way out into space so that it draws a line completely around the night sky dividing the heavens into two halves, the northern celestial hemisphere and the southern celestial hemisphere. Now if we could dim our Sun down and keep track of its position against the background of stars day after day all year long we would notice that on the first day of spring it is smack dab on the celestial equator. Then if we kept track of it day after day we would notice that it would slowly travel farther north along an imaginary path until on the first day of summer it would reach its highest point north of the celestial equator. Then it would start to travel south day after day until on the first day of autumn it would once again be smack dab on the celestial equator and thereafter it would continue to travel south of the equator until it would reach its southernmost point on the first day of winter. And it would start to travel north again until on the first day of spring it would once again be smack dab on the celestial equator. Just remember the Sun is at its northernmost point on the first day of summer and southernmost on the first day of winter and on the first day of spring and fall it is always smack dab on the celestial equator.

But even if it doesn't feel like spring where you live, there is one sure way you can tell that spring is here if you're driving on an east west highway at dawn or sunset because on the first day of spring and the first day of autumn the Sun always rises due east and sets due west. So if you're driving at sunrise on the first day of spring or autumn going due east the Sun will rise, believe it or not, directly over the yellow line in the middle of the road. And conversely, if you're driving due west at sunset it will set smack dab over the yellow line. And if it doesn't well then your east west highway is not running true east west. So put your sun visors down next Saturday! I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!

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Star Gazer Minute

#04-10 M

3/08/2004 thru 3/14/2004

"The Sun And The Yellow Line On The First Day Of Spring"

Horkheimer: Even though it may not feel like spring where you live, spring does officially begin next week on Saturday March 20th at 1:49 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. At that moment the Sun will lie smack dab on the celestial equator which further means that on Saturday the sun will rise exactly due east and set due west, a fact which you can confirm yourself next Saturday by taking a drive due east at sunrise, because the sun will rise directly over the yellow line in the middle of the road, or if you prefer drive due west at sunset and the sun will set right over the yellow line in the middle of the road; an astronomical fact and a fun one to prove. I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!


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STAR GAZER

Episode # 04-11 / 1371st Show

To Be Aired : Monday 3/15/2004 through Sunday 3/21/2004

"All Five Naked Eye Planets Visible At The Same Time
The Last Week Of March, Plus Each One Is Visited By The Moon"

Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers and mark the last two weeks of March 2004 on your calendar as a rare opportunity to see all five of the naked eye planets at the same time plus each will be paid a visit by the Moon. O.K., we've got our skies set up for Monday March 22nd one hour after Sunset facing west where the most brilliant thing you'll see will be the second planet out from the Sun, dazzling 8,000 mile wide Venus which is almost as good as it ever gets. And just below it you'll see an exquisite, very young, slender sliver crescent of our nearest neighbor our 2,000 mile wide Moon. And just below it, if you have a clear flat horizon you'll see the first planet out from the Sun, the planet that usually looks pink because we always view it through dusty layers of our earth's atmosphere, tiny 3,000 miles wide Mercury, only 1,000 miles wider than our Moon.

On Tuesday the 23rd a slightly larger crescent Moon will be smack dab between Mercury and Venus. But the super night is March 24th when an outrageously beautiful crescent Moon complete with "the old Moon nestled in the new Moon's arms" will be parked right next to Venus. And although it will be absolutely spectacular to the naked eye you'll be absolutely wowed if you see it through a pair of binoculars. And talk about the Moon getting visually close to a planet, well the next night Thursday the 25th you'll be absolutely stunned as an even bigger crescent Moon parks right next to 4,000 mile wide Mars, less than one degree away. Plus if you happen to be above the Arctic Circle Thursday night you'll actually see the Moon pass in front of Mars and briefly hide it from view.

Now the Moon continues to grow and move eastward night after night and then on Sunday March 28th it will be parked right above the ringed planet, 75,000 mile wide Saturn. And to see them just look southwest. Then on April fool's night, no foolin', Thursday April 1st, look southeast and a three days before full Moon will be parked right above the king of the planets 88,000 mile wide Jupiter. And it will be even closer the next night Friday April 2nd. Wow! And speaking of Jupiter if you have a small telescope and want to see something really nifty then go out early Sunday morning March 28th between 3 a.m. and 3:18 a.m. Eastern Standard time or your local equivalent and you'll see the shadows of three of Jupiter's largest moons; Io, Ganymede and Callisto, all projected on Jupiter. In fact, if you start looking a little bit earlier you can watch their shadows move onto the face of Jupiter. And if you keep looking a little after 3:18 a.m. you can watch their shadows move off Jupiter.

So there you have it, five naked eye planets all visible at the same time, which won't happen again until late December of this year and early January of '05. After which it won't happen again until January of 2016. Plus you've got the Moon visiting each of them as a guide to show you each one along the way. I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!


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Star Gazer Minute

#04-11 M

3/15/2004 thru 3/21/2004

"The Moon Visits All Five Naked Eye Planets"

Horkheimer: At the end of this month all five of the naked eye planets will be visible at the same time and you'll be able to use the Moon to find them. Look for them one hour after sunset. On the 22nd you'll see 8,000 mile Venus and below it our 2,000 mile wide Moon and just below it tiny 3,000 mile wide Mercury. On the 24th an exquisite crescent will be parked right next to Venus. On the 25th the Moon will be even closer to 4,000 mile wide Mars and on the 28th it will be parked right above 75,000 mile wide Saturn. Then on April Fool's night, no foolin', it will be parked right above 88,000 mile wide Jupiter and will be even closer on the 2nd; all five naked eye planets visible at the same time! Keep Looking Up!


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STAR GAZER

Episode #04-12 / 1372nd Show
To Be Aired : Monday 3/22/2004 through Sunday 3/28/2004

"The Goddess Of Love Pays A Visit To The Seven Sisters"

Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers. Everyone knows that April 1st is April fool's day, but I've got something for you cosmically speaking that you can see the night of April 1st, which is no joke and not for fools. In fact for four nights beginning April 1st you will be able to watch the planet named for the Roman goddess of love, the most brilliant planet of them all, Venus pay a rare, once every 8 years, visit to the seven daughters of Atlas, the exquisite Pleiades, the Seven Sisters. Let me show you.

O.K., we've got our skies set up for April fool's night, Thursday April 1st, an hour after sunset facing due west where you'll see an absolutely dazzling brilliant light which is the second planet from the Sun, Venus, and which is at its best since 1982. It will absolutely dazzle you with its brilliance and will steadily get brighter night after night and reach its greatest brilliancy on May 2. Right above it if you have clear dark skies and not a lot of city lights you'll see a small cluster of stars, which looks something like a small dipper; the stars named for the daughters of Atlas, the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters. And up to their left the planet that was all the rage in August 2003 because it was at its closest in 60,000 years but is now over 50 times dimmer than it was in August, the planet we are currently exploring and visiting with two space craft, tiny reddish orange Mars.

But what's wonderful about this whole picture is that if you go out the next night, Friday April 2nd, Venus will be right alongside the Seven Sisters paying a rare close visit. And the following night Saturday the 3rd Venus will have moved slightly higher up in the heavens but will still be right beside the house of the seven siblings. Then on Sunday Venus is still very close but says farewell as she slowly glides away. Once again, Thursday April 1st, Friday the 2nd, Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th. Now even though Venus looks like it's almost entangled among this cluster of stars we call the Seven Sisters, nothing could be farther from the truth because Venus is an 8,000 mile wide planet only 63 million miles away next week whereas the Seven Sisters are a cluster of stars, some of which are many times bigger than our Sun, over 38 million times as far away as Venus, 400 light years beyond. And although Venus' visit to these cosmic siblings is wonderful to the naked eye, through a pair of binoculars it will take your breath away.

Let me show you what they'll look like close up. On Thursday, April 1st, through even the cheapest pair of binoculars they'll look something like this. On Friday, April 2nd, Venus is right alongside, on Saturday April 3rd, nestled almost within the group and on Sunday the 4th, slowly pulling away. Don't miss this exquisite visitation of eight beautiful cosmic objects named for eight incomparable mythological ladies. I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!

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Star Gazer Minute

#04-12 M

3/22/2004 thru 3/28/2004

"Venus Visits The Seven Sisters"

Horkheimer: For four nights beginning April 1st the most brilliant planet Venus will pay a rare, once every 8 years, visit to the cluster of stars called the Seven Sisters. On April 1st an hour after sunset face west where you'll see Venus very close to the Seven Sisters. On the 2nd it will be right alongside them and on the 3rd just slightly higher. Then on the 4th it will still be very close but saying farewell. Now although they look close to each other, Venus is only 63 million miles away whereas the Seven Sisters are 38 million times farther away, 400 light years beyond. For a super sight watch them through a pair of binoculars. April 1st, April 2nd, April 3rd, and April 4th. Wow! Keep Looking Up!

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STAR GAZER

Episode #04-13 / 1373rd Show
To Be Aired : Monday 3/29/2004 through Sunday 4/04/2004

"Two Celestial Signs Of Spring:
A High Flyin' Lion And A Low Lyin' Orion"

Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers and it's that time of year again when the night skies almost yell out "spring is here!" because when Leo the Lion is flying high and Orion the Hunter is lying low, winter is on its way out. Let me show you. Now most of you know that Orion the Hunter is winter's most famous star pattern. Indeed if you go outside in early evening in December Orion will be climbing up the southeastern sky as a celestial announcement of the imminent arrival of winter. In January and February when winter is coldest Orion reaches his highest point in the heavens due south in early evening almost bragging that he is master of the season.

But then all through March Orion slowly relinquishes his high position in early evening and by the beginning of April is tipped over on his side in the southwest, almost hanging on to the sky for dear life. And it is this position of Orion in the southwest heavens in early evening that always tells us that winter will soon come to an end. And although I am always sad to see Orion's bright stars go, nevertheless, a less bright but much bigger constellation takes his place almost overhead in early evening; Leo the Lion, almost roaring that he is master now and that his season spring is here.

Indeed if you go out any night in April in early evening you will see Leo casually reclining almost overhead very self assured that winter and Orion will soon be completely gone. Now Leo is usually depicted reclining in kind of a sphinx position, like the ancient Egyptians saw him. His head and fore quarters are marked by a backward question mark or sickle with his bright star Regulus marking his heart. His rear is marked by a triangle of stars to the east. In ancient times lion's were often associated with royalty and Leo's brightest star Regulus means "the little king".

Now because Regulus is only about 1/2 a degree away from the ecliptic, which is the path along which the Sun, Moon and planets travel, you will often see the Moon pass quite close to Regulus. In fact it will pay Regulus a close visit on April 1st and again on April 28th. But even though the Moon will appear to be close to Regulus, Regulus is actually 25 million times farther away than the Moon, 85 light years distant, which means that we see it not as it exists now but as it existed 85 years ago. So if you're 85 years old, when you look at Regulus you actually see the light that left it the year you were born. And thank heavens it is that far away because it is five times the diameter of our Sun and 160 times brighter which means that if it were as close to us as our Sun is we'd all be crispy critters. So get thee out in early evening for the high flyin' Lion and low lyin' Orion, two sure signs that winter's leaving and that spring is here. I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!

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Star Gazer Minute

#04-13 M

3/29/2004 thru 4/04/2004

"Low Lyin' Orion And The High Flyin' Lion"

Horkheimer: You can tell that spring is here cosmically if you just remember this little phrase, "Orion is low lying and the Lion is high flying". In April in early evening you'll see winter's most famous star pattern Orion the Hunter in the southwest tipped over and ready to exit taking winter with him. But almost overhead you'll find a much bigger, although not quite as bright constellation, the sphinx like Leo the lion almost roaring that spring is here. So whenever you see Orion lying on his side low in the southwest in early evening and Leo the lion almost overhead you'll know that spring has sprung and winter is doomed. Just remember low lyin' Orion and the high flyin' Lion. I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!

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