STAR HUSTLER
THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION




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New Satellite Feed Info

Monday 3/31/97

10:30-11:00 Eastern Time

Schedule 5-B-5

Telstar 402

Transponder 7 Upper

Digital Only

 





Notice : These are working drafts of the scripts for STAR HUSTLER.

Changes may well be made as production requires.



STAR HUSTLER Episode #402-I


1009th Show

To Be Aired : Monday 4/7/97 through Sunday 4/13/97

"When, Where and How To Watch Comet Hale-Bopp

At Its Best During April !"


Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers, and if you haven't seen Comet Hale-Bopp already, please, please do so this month because we simply don't know when we'll see a comet this good again, although we do know that we won't see Comet Hale-Bopp again for another 2400 years. We have two good viewing windows this month: this week through the 13th and April 25th through May 12th. And by "windows" I simply mean that we have two time periods when we won't have excessive light from the Moon which always makes comet viewing difficult because excess moonlight is just as bad as city lights and wipes out the exquisite fainter parts of any comet's tail. Now to see Comet Hale-Bopp this week through Sunday the 13th, go outside right after sunset as it gets dark out, have as unobstructed a horizon as possible and look northwest and there you'll see this wonderful comet for about an hour or so, just to the left of Cassiopeia. And you'll be able to watch Hale-Bopp as it slowly moves night after night through Perseus and approaches the region of the Seven Sisters, The Pleiades. OK, this is where it is on Monday the 7th. And by Tuesday the 8th it will be joined by an extremely slender crescent moon and the planet Mercury off to the moon's right. On Wednesday the 9th a slightly fatter crescent; Thursday the 10th, an even bigger crescent; Friday the 11th; Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th when the moon's light will start to interfere with and wipe out the most delicate parts of Hale-Bopp's tail from view. Now please, please remember this: even though Comet Hale-Bopp is intrinsically the brightest comet since The Great Comet of 1577, nevertheless, all comets, no matter how great, will never ever look like the photographs we see in newspapers which are time exposure photographs, or comets the way they're depicted in the movies or telescopic images on video tape. Even the greatest comet will never ever look like a brilliant sky rocket, but rather will look like a bright star surrounded by a ghostly halo and followed by an even ghostlier long train of gas and dust like Hale-Bopp. So if you don't expect any more than a great ghostly apparition you won't be disappointed. And please, please, if you have a pair of binoculars, I recommend 7 power by 50, use them now because binoculars are indeed the best instruments for viewing all comets. Now the next Hale-Bopp window of opportunity after this week will be April 25th through the 12 th of May. So until then, get thee outside, fellow aficianados, and whatever you do, remember, Keep Looking Up!

* This week's Sky At A Glance and Planet Roundup from Sky & Telescope.

This week's Sky At A Glance displays current week only.



 


STAR HUSTLER
THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION




STAR HUSTLER is seen nationally on most PBS stations. If it is not currently on your 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..





New Satellite Feed Info

Monday 3/31/97

10:30-11:00 Eastern Time

Schedule 5-B-5

Telstar 402

Transponder 7 Upper

Digital Only

 

 





Notice : These are working drafts of the scripts for STAR HUSTLER.

Changes may well be made as production requires.


 



STAR HUSTLER Episode #403-I

1010th Show


To Be Aired : Monday 4/14/97 thru Sunday 4/20/97

"Death of an Unknown Comet, and

Sensational Movies of our Sun!".

Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers, and what with moonlight interfering with viewing Comet Hale-Bopp this week I thought we'd turn our attention to explore the mysteries of other comets and one in particular, one which was discovered just last December 22nd, and which plunged to its fiery death into the Sun only one day later, and whose discovery was made possible by the incredibly sophisticated instruments aboard SOHO, The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft, plus some of the most sensational pictures of the Sun you have ever seen. It all began, some astronomers believe, with an ancient super humongous comet whose 100 mile wide nucleus was larger than any we've ever seen in modern times; a comet which visited Earth roughly every one thousand years. Indeed, our Ice Age ancestors were undoubtedly astonished at this wondrous sight until 10 to 20 thousand years ago it split into two comets, one of which was seen and reported by Aristotle in 371 B.C. and the other seen in 1106 A.D. after which further splits into new comets occurred over the next centuries. Then in 1843 a chunk of the comet which Aristotle saw passed so close to the Sun that its tail shot out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus and Earth, Mars and beyond and became known as a sungrazer, as did several chunks of the 1106 A.D. comet which made spectacular appearances in 1882 and 1965. And astronomers have long speculated that there are many more chunks of the once great parent comet which have also become individual comets, grazing so close to the Sun that they can't be seen. And although a few of them have been spotted on occasion, it took a spacecraft like SOHO to find ones that could never possibly ever be seen from planet Earth. And in this video you will see one of these sun-grazing comets left over from that ancient super comet that SOHO discovered last December 22nd just before it plunged to its doom into the Sun one day later. Named SOHO 6, this comet is just one of 7 sungazers discovered by SOHO. But what is even more remarkable are the pictures of our Sun taken by an instrument aboard SOHO called a coronagraph which covers the disk of the Sun in a perpetual eclipse and actually shows the stars behind the Sun in December. You see, we have long known from calculations that in December the Sun is always positioned directly in front of the constellation Sagittarius and the heart of the Milky Way, but not until now have we ever been able to actually see the stars as the Sun travels in front of them. Additionally, in these pictures which cover 28 million miles across on your screen, you can see the Great Dark Rift in the Milky Way and a humongous mass ejection of gas shooting out at speeds of over 300 miles per second. What a movie! The discovery and death of a comet and a violent explosion on the Sun as it drifts across a background of stars.Wow! How wonderful it is to Keep Looking Up!



* This week's Sky At A Glance and Planet Roundup from Sky & Telescope.


This week's Sky At A Glance displays current week only.




STAR HUSTLER
THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION




STAR HUSTLER is seen nationally on most PBS stations. If it is not currently on your 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.

 





New Satellite Feed Info

Monday 3/31/97

10:30-11:00 Eastern Time

Schedule 5-B-5

Telstar 402

Transponder 7 Upper

Digital Only

 

 





Notice : These are working drafts of the scripts for STAR HUSTLER.

Changes may well be made as production requires.


STAR HUSTLER Episode #404-I

1011th Show


To Be Aired : Monday 4/21/97 through Sunday 4/27/97

"LAST TWO WEEKS TO SEE HALE-BOPP! FOR 2400 YEARS!"


Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers and I can't believe it's happening but we're getting ready to say farewell to great Comet Hale-Bopp which was discovered over a year and a half ago and which we've been tracking on "Star Hustler" ever since. And indeed, this has been a great comet. And if you haven't seen it, for pete's sake, do so now. And if at all possible, get as far away from city lights as you can and have as flat and unobstructed a horizon as possible because Comet Hale-Bopp is getting closer and closer to the horizon every night. Now for our last good window of opportunity for seeing Hale-Bopp when we won't have a lot of bright moonlight to wipe out the finer details in its tail is Friday night, April 25th through Saturday night, May 12th. To find it simply go outside after it gets dark out and look west/northwest where you will not only see the comet as it slowly moves night after night from just above the Pleiades through Taurus. But you will also see to Hale-Bopp's left winter's greatest constellation, Orion the Hunter, getting ready to set. Now the comet will still be bright, although not nearly as bright as it was at the beginning of April. And please, if you have a pair of 7 by 50 binoculars use them because you'll be amazed at how much more of the comet and its tail you'll be able to see. Now on April 24th it will be just above the Pleiades, then watch it night after night as it moves through Taurus and above its red eye star, Aldebaran. And, of course, remember the farther away you get from all the artificial lights the better the comet will be. And as we say farewell to Comet Hale-Bopp think of this as you gaze at it: the last time it was here was over 4 thousand years ago when the pyramids were still brand spankin' new. And the next time anyone will see it won't be for over 2000 more years. Also keep in mind that Hale-Bopp is intrinsically the brightest comet we've seen since the Great Comet of 1577. And the only reason it wasn't even brighter in Earth's skies was because it did not come nearly as close to us as last year's Hyakutake, even though this comet is much, much bigger. In fact, the head of this comet is still over a million miles wide and its tail is still several million miles long. And once again let's show you what a dramatic orbit it has because while our Earth and all the planets circle the Sun in an almost identical path alone the same plane, Hale-Bopp's orbit is almost at right angles to the orbits of the planets which means that it swooped up from underneath the planetary plane to high above us and is now falling back down toward the Sun. And after May 6th will plunge below us and head back out into deep space once again. So get thee out these final two weeks for a Hale-Bopp farewell. And remember even though it won't be around for 2 more millennia, there will always be something up there to make you want to Keep Looking Up!

* This week's Sky At A Glance and Planet Roundup from Sky & Telescope.

This week's Sky At A Glance displays current week only.




STAR HUSTLER
THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION




STAR HUSTLER is seen nationally on most PBS stations. If it is not currently on your 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.





New Satellite Feed Info

Monday 3/31/97

10:30-11:00 Eastern Time

Schedule 5-B-5

Telstar 402

Transponder 7 Upper

Digital Only

 

 





Notice : These are working drafts of the scripts for STAR HUSTLER.

Changes may well be made as production requires.


 

STAR HUSTLER Episode #405-I

1012th Show


To Be Aired : Monday 4/28/97 through Sunday 5/5/97

"THE CAT/MOON GODDESS AND THE COMET :

AN EVENING TO REMEMBER!"


Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers, and I want you all to mark one evening on your calendar as an exquisite night to remember because on Thursday evening, May 8th, just after it gets dark out an exquisite two-day-old slender sliver of a crescent Moon, complete with Earthshine will make an exquisite pairing with Comet Hale-Bopp. Indeed this will be a night to remember because no human eyes will have seen this poetic pairing since one night over 4200 years ago...that's over 1 1/2 million nights ago. Let me show you: O.K., we've got our skies set up for any night for the next two weeks and if you go outside just after it gets dark out and look west you will see our old friend, Orion the Hunter with his 2 bright shoulder stars, his knee stars and three belt stars lines up in a row getting ready to set. And the if you shoot an arrow through Orion's belt down toward the horizon it will land almost directly on the red star, Aldebaran, that marks the eye of Taurus the Bull, and just above it, Comet Hale-Bopp. And although it is now racing away from the Sun, its multi-million mile long tail now preceding it like a headlight on a car, doomed to lose both its million mile wide head and its multi-million mile tail, it is still capable of inspiring awe and wonder in the eyes and hearts of those who inhabit the third planet. And fittingly, the Moon, in one of its most exquisite phases visits the comet in fond farewell. To see this, simply go outside Thursday , May 8th, just after it gets dark out, look west and there, hanging in the sky, you will see an exquisite two day old Moon complete with the pale light of Earthshine, nestled right under the comet. And as you gaze up at this perfect pairing, transport yourself back in time over 4,000 years ago to the one night this pairing last occurred. Imagine Pharaoh and his court and his priests waiting for the Sun to set, their backs to the newly built pyramids, with their surfaces polished and shining in the light of the setting Sun, the last of the Sun's rays glinting off the burnished metal caps atop each pyramid. Then as it darkens, the same crescent Moon worshiped by these people as the Moon/Cat Goddess, perhaps because a cat's eye, like the Moon, mysteriously changes from a narrow slit to full orb; imagine Pharaoh gazing in wonder at the ghostly apparition hovering just above. And perhaps as everyone looks up one of the high priests steps forward and chants a hymn to the Moon and its visitor from the holy Book of the Dead. " Beloved art thou as thou passeth over Egypt. When thou riseth, thou sendest forth light from thy beautiful eyes. Beloved art thou, pleasant art thou, thy beauties seize and carry away my heart." Indeed, may your heart be carried away on this one night that hasn't occurred for over 4,000 years. A cosmic evening to remember if you remember to Keep Looking Up!
* This week's Sky At A Glance and Planet Roundup from Sky & Telescope.

This week's Sky At A Glance displays current week only.



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