STAR HUSTLER

THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION

STAR HUSTLER is seen nationally on most PBS stations. If it is not currently on you PBS station we suggest you contact your local PBS programming director and let them know it is available free to all PBS stations. You may take a months worth of STAR HUSTLER off satellite for personal use, classroom use, astronomy club use, etc.

Satellite feed for June 1996 is as follows: The feed will be June 24 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.

Satellite feed for July 1996 is as follows: The feed will be July 29 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.

Satellite feed for August 1996 is as follows: The feed will be August 26 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.


Notice : These are rough drafts of the scripts for STAR HUSTLER. Changes may well be made as production requires.

STAR HUSTLER EPISODE #354-I

961st Show

To Be Aired : Monday 5/6/96 through Sunday 5/12/96

"If Orion Is Leaving Us, Can The Scorpion Be Far Behind?"

Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers, and this week is about the last chance until next winter that you'll have to see Orion the Hunter in early evening skies. And the disappearance of Orion is as sure a sign of the complete total end of winter as any sign around, so I think I can safely say that even though the winter of '95/'96, including much of spring, provided some very severe weather for the U.S., Canada and Europe, the positions of the stars themselves now tell us that the world, at least the northern hemisphere, is ready to warm up. And as sure as Orion disappearing from early evening skies signals the final end to wicked winter weather, so too does the appearance of the most prominent constellation of spring directly overhead at sunset likewise tell us the weather is steadily on the mend. Let me show you: O.K., we've got our skies set up for about half an hour after sunset and if you look over toward the west and have a clear, flat horizon, there you will see the 3 bright stars that mark Orion's belt getting ready to dip below the horizon. And you should also see Orion's bright shoulder star, Betelgeuse, twinkling a fiery red. Then if you look straight up almost overhead for a backward question mark, or a sickle-shaped pattern of stars, followed by a right triangle, you will have spotted Leo the Lion. And whenever Leo is overhead at sundown spring is really here. But you know, as much as I always hate to see Orion finally disappear from early evening skies every May of every year, nevertheless if you just wait a couple of hours and go outside between the hours of 10 and 11 you will get a preview of the bright constellation of summer which replaces winter's Orion. And that ,of course, is Scorpius, the Scorpion rising in the southeast. And as May night after May night goes by after Orion has bid his farewell, the Scorpion will rise just a little bit earlier May night after May night until the first week of June he'll be well above the horizon before midnight. A sure sign that summer is well on its way. And, as we all know, that the season of summer is the direct opposite of winter, so too are their celestial signs, Orion and the Scorpion opposite in the heavens and can never be seen in the sky at the same time together. in fact, shortly after Orion sets in the west, the Scorpion will appear to rise in the east and vice versa, as the Scorpion sets in the west Orion will shortly rise in the East. One ancient legend explains it nicely for it seems that Orion in addition to being a giant was also a boastful one who once bragged that he would exterminate all the animals of Earth. Well Gaia, the goddess of the Earth, overhearing him, was so upset that she sent a scorpion after Orion and thus Orion has forever after kept a safe distance from the scorpion after learning a very painful lesson. So hang in there all those of you who have suffered the wiles of a wild winter because when we say bye, bye Orion, we also bid the cold Adieu. And if you don't believe me, say hello to Scorpius as you Keep Looking Up!


STAR HUSTLER

THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION

STAR HUSTLER is seen nationally on most PBS stations. If it is not currently on you PBS station we suggest you contact your local PBS programming director and let them know it is available free to all PBS stations. You may take a months worth of STAR HUSTLER off satellite for personal use, classroom use, astronomy club use, etc.

Satellite feed for June 1996 is as follows: The feed will be June 24 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.

Satellite feed for July 1996 is as follows: The feed will be July 29 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.

Satellite feed for August 1996 is as follows: The feed will be August 26 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.


Notice : These are rough drafts of the scripts for STAR HUSTLER. Changes may well be made as production requires.

STAR HUSTLER EPISODE#355-I

962nd Show

To Be Aired : Monday 5/13/96 through Sunday 5/19/96

"The Last Venus/Moon Picture Show"

Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers, and in case you haven't noticed a fantastically brilliant, dazzling Venus in the northwest sky every night after sundown, for Pete's sake do so now because Venus, which is currently at its very brightest this year, is getting ready to make a rapid plunge out of our evening skies and won't be visible in evening skies again until 1997. Let me show you: O.K., we've got our skies set up for the beginning of this week, Monday the 13th, about half an hour after sunset where Venus, the second planet from the sun, is out-dazzling everything else in the sky. And indeed, has been confused by many to be Comet Hyakutake. But if you stay outside for a couple of hours, or go out and take a peek every half hour or so, you will see that Venus slowly slips closer and closer to the horizon and disappears within 2 1/2 to 3 hours after sunset. But by the beginning of next week, Monday, May 20th, Venus will be not nearly as high in the sky half an hour after sunset and will set only an hour and a half to 2 hours after sunset. And by Monday the 27th, it will be so close to the horizon at sunset that you may have a hard time even finding it. So my advice is watch the brilliant and dramatic end of this incredibly bright sky show right now. And mark the upcoming 19th, 20th and 21st as the last 3 nights when you will see a new crescent moon teamed up with this most brilliant of planets. Start looking at twilight Sunday night, May 19th for a slender sliver moon down and to the left of Venus. But especially make sure you go out just after sunset Monday the 20th when the duo will be at its best. And then go out again on Tuesday night the 21st for the very last pairing of the two. Indeed we might call this the last Venus/Moon picture show. I mean if you miss this exquisite pairing of the Moon and Venus on Sunday the 19th, and Monday the 20th, and Tuesday the 21st you've missed it for a long time. And while you're out there watching this final pairing, remind yourself that while our moon looks much bigger than Venus, it's only because our moon is so much closer. Indeed, this weekend as you look up at the Moon and Venus, our 2,000 mile wide moon will be only 1/4 of a million miles away whereas 8,000 mile wide Venus, our so-called sister planet will be 32 million miles away. Also keep in mind that whereas at the beginning of this century most astronomers thought that life might abound on our beautiful same-size-as-our-own-Earth sister-world Venus, we at the end of this century now know that Venus is a sister to our Earth in size only for our space probes have told us that Venus is constantly shrouded not by layers of heavenly clouds, but by a hellish atmospheric shroud which rains sulphuric acid and where temperatures are hot enough to melt lead. But even so, from afar it is the brightest and most exquisitely beautiful planet of them all as seen with the naked eye from our planet Earth. So farewell exquisite beauty of the night, you've made it absolutely wonderful to Keep Looking Up!


STAR HUSTLER

THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION

STAR HUSTLER is seen nationally on most PBS stations. If it is not currently on you PBS station we suggest you contact your local PBS programming director and let them know it is available free to all PBS stations. You may take a months worth of STAR HUSTLER off satellite for personal use, classroom use, astronomy club use, etc.

Satellite feed for June 1996 is as follows: The feed will be June 24 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.

Satellite feed for July 1996 is as follows: The feed will be July 29 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.

Satellite feed for August 1996 is as follows: The feed will be August 26 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.


Notice : These are rough drafts of the scripts for STAR HUSTLER. Changes may well be made as production requires.

STAR HUSTLER EPISODE #356-I

963rd Show

To Be Aired : Monday 5/20/96 through Sunday 5/26/96

"A Memorial Day Summer Preview, and One Planet Alone"

Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers and as you may recall, a couple of weeks ago I advised all of you to get ready for the fast disappearance of the brightest planet in the heavens which, although visible this week, will be gone by the end of next. So if you haven't done so already, get thee out every night just before it gets dark out and look northwest where you'll still be able to catch a glimpse of the brilliant planet Venus because by Memorial Day it will be gone , leaving us with no planets whatsoever in early evening skies. But despair not because between 11 and midnight the second brightest planet of them all will start to peek up over the southeastern horizon and will provide us with not only a preview of the planet which will dominate summer skies, but will also give us a taste of the wonderful star patterns which will shine in early summer evenings all summer long. And in fact if you happen to be spending this upcoming Memorial Day weekend out far away from city lights and are outside around midnight, you'll get a real taste of the summer cosmos. Let me show you: O.K., we've got our skies set up for Memorial Day weekend just before midnight and we'll start out by facing north and just left of the North Star you will be able to see the Big Dipper and to the west of it, getting ready to set in a couple of hours, the most famous constellation of spring skies, Leo the Lion; appropriately at midnight getting ready to leave our late spring skies to be replaced by those of summer; for indeed if you look to the right of, that is to the east of the North Star at midnight you will see the 3 brilliant stars of the summer triangle, having just risen over the eastern horizon: Vega, the brightest star of Lyra the Harp; Deneb, the brightest star of Cygnus the Swan and Altair, the brightest star of Aquila , the Eagle. Then if you turn yourself around so that you are facing due South and then look to the left, that is to the East of due South you'll see the most famous summer constellation of them all, Scorpius the Scorpion, looking like a capital letter " J" or a giant fish hook with the brilliant red star Antares marking the Scorpion's heart And directly behind Scorpius, the teapot-shaped pattern of stars in Sagittarius accompanied by a special bright light just behind the handle which is the planet that is destines to become the solitary planet of this summer's early evenings, the king of the planets, Jupiter, getting ready to take center stage after the exit this week of the queen of the planets, Venus. What a spectacular sight! A Memorial Day weekend midnight sky show. Springtime Leo about to set in the west and in the east a preview of the Summer Triangle, Scorpius, Sagittarius and Jupiter. And it's all yours, for free, if you simply remember to Keep Looking Up!


STAR HUSTLER

THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION

STAR HUSTLER is seen nationally on most PBS stations. If it is not currently on you PBS station we suggest you contact your local PBS programming director and let them know it is available free to all PBS stations. You may take a months worth of STAR HUSTLER off satellite for personal use, classroom use, astronomy club use, etc.

Satellite feed for June 1996 is as follows: The feed will be June 24 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.

Satellite feed for July 1996 is as follows: The feed will be July 29 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.

Satellite feed for August 1996 is as follows: The feed will be August 26 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Telstar 401, transponder 7-U.


Notice : These are rough drafts of the scripts for STAR HUSTLER. Changes may well be made as production requires.

STAR HUSTLER EPISODE #357-I

964th Show

To Be Aired : Monday 5/27/96 through Sunday 6/2/96

"Awesome Arcturus : Star of a Million Years"

Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers and how often have you heard the term "fixed star"? Often, I'm sure, because when we look up at the constellations at night we essentially see the same star patterns which our ancestors saw thousands of years ago and which our descendants will see thousands of years hence. And indeed, for all practical visual purposes the stars are fixed, but in reality they are not. Indeed, they are all moving at incredible speeds throughout space in all different directions. But because they are so incredibly far away it takes many lifetimes to notice any changes in their positions relative to one another, except for a couple of them. In fact, Edmund Halley for whom Halley's Comet is named, discovered almost 300 years ago that the star called Arcturus had changed its position from its location in older star charts which made Halley wonder if perhaps the stars were not as fixed as everyone thought. And he was indeed right for we now know that Arcturus changes its position among the fixed stars faster than any bright star other than Alpha Centauri. But that's just one of the extraordinary things about Arcturus. And before I tell you more let me show you how to find it. O.K., simply go outside any clear evening, look north for the Big Dipper and then use it as a guide; because to find Arcturus all you have to do is shoot an arrow through the handle of the Big Dipper and that arrow will land smack dab on Arcturus, the brightest star in Bootes. Or as any amateur astronomer will tell you, arc to Arcturus. Now once you've found Arcturus think of this: although all the other stars are in reality moving in different directions at different speeds, Arcturus' direction and speed is special because Arcturus' real space velocity is almost 90 miles per second and is moving toward the constellation Virgo. And at that incredible rate it will change its position among the stars as seen from our Earth, by the width of one full moon only every 900 years. That's fast! So, Bootes is the one constellation that is changing its visual shape faster than all the rest except Centaurus. So fast that I like to think of Arcturus as the star of a million years because it was only 1/2 a million years ago that Arcturus first became visible to the eyes of man. And incredibly, in just 1/2 million years more it will disappear from naked eye view altogether. You see, although ancient records listed Arcturus as the 6th brightest star in the heavens, we now see it as the 4th brightest. And in fact we who walk this planet now are seeing Arcturus as bright as any humans ever will because right now Arcturus is about as close as it will ever come to our planet Earth. Indeed it will soon, cosmically speaking, pass us by and fade away into the void forever. Just think of it, Arcturus, one of the brightest stars of our time, was invisible to our ancestors a mere half million years ago. So look for it now while it's still around, and it's easy if you just Keep Looking Up!


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