June 9th: Awesome Astronomy June 2014

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Title : Awesome Astronomy June 2014

Organization: Awesome Astronomy

Link : www.awesomeastronomy.com

Description: Time for astronomy discussion in June 2014 with Awesome Astronomy

Bio: Awesome Astronomy is the show for anyone and everyone who has even the slightest interest in astronomy and science.

Join Ralph & Paul at the beginning of each month, for an informative and fun astronomy programme telling you what to look out (and up) for every month. You can be guaranteed a passion for astronomy, simple explanations of complex and fundamental topics, space and science news, absorbing interviews and listeners’ astronomy questions answered.

As both presenters have been accused of being a little skeptical in the past, you can also expect everything to be frivolous but fact-based

Today’s sponsor: This episode of “365 Days of Astronomy” is sponsored by — no one. We still need sponsors for many days in 2014, so please consider sponsoring a day or two. Just click on the “Donate” button on the lower left side of this webpage, or contact us at signup@365daysofastronomy.org.

Summary:

The Discussion: Looking back to the AstroCamp weekend of astronomy with the BBC’s Sky at Night cameras in the dark sky reserve of the Brecon Beacons.

The Field Report: This month we have our first outside broadcast as we record under the dark skies of rural Wiltshire. This month is a meteor hunt as we record outside in the hope of catching the first ever Camelopardalid meteor shower. Damien is let off the leash to image the skies and John builds a radio antenna to catch each and every meteor, whether visible or not.

The News: In the news, we have Kepler 186f – the latest ‘most Earthlike exoplanet’, The visible shrinking of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and disturbing NASA research that shows a runaway melting of Earth’s ice sheets.

The 5 Minute Concept: In the 5 Minute Concept, Paul shows us that size IS everything as he takes us on a tour of the sun and then whisks us away to some nuclear monsters – our sun’s bigger stellar brothers!

The Interview: Instead of an interview this month, we have highlights of Dr Chris Lintott’s talk at AstroCamp where he covers Life, The Universe & Everthing in a shade over 13 minutes – and still manages to include a question from the audience (all hail Chris Lintott!)

Q&A: Listeners’ questions via email, Facebook & Twitter take us on a journey into the astronomy issues that have always plagued our understanding or stretched our credulity. This month Ralph & Paul answer:

  • If the earth was the size of a flea, what animal would equate to the largest star known to man? Darren Knight from Cambridgeshire, UK via Facebook

And we finish with a return to the Camelopardalid meteor shower and more discussion on how best to observe, understand and measure meteors.

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