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Monday 2/24/97

10:30-11:00 Eastern Time

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Telstar 402

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STAR HUSTLER Episode #397-I


1004th Show

To Be Aired : Monday 3/3/97 through Sunday 3/9/97

"MARCH 1997 : A SUPER SENSATIONAL, CELESTIALLY STUPENDOUS, YOU'RE-NOT-GONNA-BELIEVE-IT MONTH FOR STAR GAZERS"


Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers, and in case you think the title of this episode is a little over-stated, believe me, according to star gazers all around the world it's actually under-hyped, because this month is going to be one of the best months you'll ever see for star gazing. I mean we have what may be the brightest comet in decades all month long, the red planet Mars at its closest and brightest starting the week of St. Patrick's day, and an almost but not quite total eclipse of the Moon on March 23rd...just for starters. I'll give you all the nitty gritty on Mars next week and the following week pointers on how to observe the lunar eclipse. But this week let's zero in on Comet Hale-Bopp which has been visible to the naked eye for over two months and which is getting brighter and brighter as it races closer and closer to planet Earth. Now the reason Comet Hale-Bopp may be the best comet in decades is because it was so bright when it was discovered back in July of '95 by two amateurs named Hale and Bopp. Indeed, just a few days after its discovery, astronomers realized that it was over a thousand times brighter than Halley's Comet was at the same distance. And that we'd be able to track it telescopically until it reached its brightest and closest almost 2 years later, which is this month, March 1997. In fact, we've been watching it since long before last year's wonderful Comet Hyakutake was even discovered. And although Hale-Bopp won't look as big as last year's Hyakutake , it will indeed be brighter...perhaps the brightest comet in decades. So if you haven't started your Comet Hale-Bopp watch already, do so now. The best time to see it this week is to go outside between 5 and 6 a.m. and look east-northeast where you'll see the 3 bright stars of the Summer Triangle. Then if you look just below Deneb, the bright tail star of Cygnus the Swan, there you'll see Comet Hale-Bopp. To see it best, and both of its multi-million mile long tails, you should of course, be as far away from city lights and any artificial lighting as possible. And to see detail in its tails use binoculars. Now if you go out every morning this week you'll notice that Hale-Bopp changes its position from night to night as it moves towards the "W" shaped constellation Cassiopeia to the north. You should also be able to notice a subtle change in its brightness day after day. At the beginning of this week Hale-Bopp is 134 million miles away from Earth but by the end of this week it will have raced an incredible 6 million miles closer. And if you want daily Hale-Bopp updates please contact our web site at www.starhustler.com and we'll provide you with the very best comet links along with all the scripts for this month's "Star Hustler" episodes. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. I mean a brilliant comet all month long, Mars at its brightest in over two years, and a fabulous eclipse of the Moon. It would be almost criminal not 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 2/24/97

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 #398-I

1005th Show


To Be Aired : Monday3/10/97 thru Sunday 3/16/97

"A COMET HALE - BOPP UPDATE,

AND ST. PATRICK'S DAY ON MARS!".

Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers, and if you haven't seen it yet, please start looking for it now because Comet Hale-Bopp is visible in both early evening and early morning skies and just waiting for you as it races toward its closest approach to Earth which will be next week, Saturday the 22nd. And is it ever bright! Here's how to find it and see it at its best: it will be higher up off the horizon and visible for a longer period of time in early morning rather than evening this week, with no interference from moonlight so I suggest going outside around 5 A.M. And watching until it gets light out. Look northeast for the "W" shaped group of stars called Cassiopeia and then off to its right you'll see Comet Hale-Bopp. Now if you make special note of the bright star above Comet Hale-Bopp, Deneb, the tail star of Cygnus the Swan, you will be able to keep track of Hale-Bopp's movement as it silently glides closer and closer to Cassiopeia all week long. At the beginning of this week it's 128 million miles away from planet Earth but it will zoom 3 million miles closer by week's end. And remember, the farther you are away from all city lights and artificial lighting of any kind, the more of the comet's multi-million mile long tail you'll be able to see. And use your binoculars please and also please take your kids and your neighbor's kids out to see this wonderful sight because we don't know when we'll see another comet as good as this one. For daily up-dated information on Hale-Bopp contact our web site at www.starhustler.com where we'll provide you with all the best links. And now, although next Thursday the 20th, will be the first day of spring for the Northern hemisphere on planet Earth, 2 days later, Saturday the 22nd will be the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere of Mars which means that daytime temperatures will soar to 70 degrees above zero at the equator, attended by seasonable night time lows of -140. And you should start looking at Mars now because on Monday, St. Patrick's day, March 17th, Mars will be as opposition which means that it will be on a straight line opposite the Earth from the Sun which means that as the Sun sets in the west, Mars will rise in the east, travel across the sky all night long and set in the west as the Sun rises in the east. It also means that next week Mars will be at its closest and brightest in over 2 years. Indeed, only a year ago in March of '96 Mars was 221 million miles away from us, but next week it will be 160 million miles closer, only 61 million miles away, and brighter than any star in the heavens except Sirius. To find it for the rest of this month go outside about an hour or so after it gets dark out and look east where you'll find it just below the backward question mark and right triangle pattern of stars marking Leo the Lion. And if you've never looked at Mars through a telescope now is the time to contact your local amateur astronomical society for a free peek. Wow! Comet Hale-Bopp in the morning and the red planet Mars all night! What a wonderful month 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
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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 2/24/97

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 #399-I

1006th Show


To Be Aired : Monday 3/1797 through Sunday 3/23/97

"SUPER WEEK! COMET HALE-BOPP AT ITS CLOSEST! MARS AT ITS BRIGHTEST! AND A PALM SUNDAY ECLIPSE"


Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings, and welcome to a celestial super week. To begin with, Comet Hale-Bopp, which is wonderfully bright right now and will remain so for the next 4 weeks will come closest to Earth this Saturday, March 22nd, only 122 million miles away and this week you can see it for a couple of hours after sunset and a couple of hours before sunrise. But remember, to see it best get as far away from city lights as possible. To see it in early evening go outside after sunset, look northwest and you'll find it just below the constellation Cassiopeia which looks like a stretched out letter "M" or"W" on its side. To see it in the morning go out a couple of hours before sunrise and look northeast where you will find Cassiopeia situated so that it looks like a "W" and off to its right Hale-Bopp. And night after night watch this super comet as it moves closer and closer to Cassiopeia. For complete daily info contact our web site for my favorite comet links. And while you're out comet gazing remember that Mars is at its closest and brightest in over two years this week and you can find it easily by using the Moon as a finder this upcoming Palm Sunday night, the 23rd when all of North America will experience a not quite, but almost, total lunar eclipse. Let me show you: o.k., We're facing southeast, Palm Sunday evening an hour or so after sunset where you will see the backward question mark and right triangle-shaped pattern of stars of Leo the Lion. Just below Leo brilliant dazzling Mars, brighter than any star in the sky except Sirius. And just below it a beautiful full Moon. Now at 10 P.M. Eastern Standard Time or your local equivalent is when you should start to watch the eclipse because at that time the Moon will slowly start drifting in to the deepest part of our Earth's curved shadow, the umbra. And for the next hour and 40 minutes you will be able to watch the Moon as it changes to a rusty red-yellow color. And at 11:40 P.M., Eastern time or your local equivalent, 92% of the Moon will be covered. Then for the next hour and 40 minutes the process will reverse as the Moon slowly slides out of the Earth's curved shadow. Now what I want you all to watch for is this: #1. The curvature of the Earth's shadow which is what Aristotle used as his proof that the Earth was indeed round. #2. As the Moon gets progressively darker watch Mars appear to get brighter. And incredibly, at deepest eclipse, 11:40 P.M., Eastern time or your local equivalent, the Moon will actually look the way Mars would look if Mars were only half a million miles away. I mean the Moon will look like it actually has a polar ice cap just like Mars. Even the coloration will be similar. Indeed, the Moon will look like many of the pictures taken of Mars as our spacecraft approached it. Wow! What a week. Hale-Bopp at its closest, Mars at its brightest and an exquisite Palm Sunday eclipse of the Moon. This is the week 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




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New Satellite Feed Info

Monday 2/24/97

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 #400-I

1007th Show


To Be Aired : Monday 3/24/97 through Sunday 3/30/97

"SUPER COMET HALE-BOPP!

THE REAL NITTY GRITTY AND FUN FACTS"


Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers, and if you haven't seen Comet Hale-Bopp yet, for pete's sake, do so now, because we have no idea when a comet this good will appear in Earth's skies again any time soon. At the beginning of this week it is at its very closest to planet Earth, only 122 million miles away. But by the end of this week it will be 3 million miles farther away as it races toward its rendezvous with our Sun on April 1st, April Fool's day. To find it from now through April 9th, I suggest going out in early evening after sunset, after it gets dark out because for the next couple of weeks you will have no moonlight to interfere with the delicate tail structure stretching out millions of miles behind this wonderful comet. And if you really want to see it at its very best, remember, get as far away from city lights as possible. To find it go outside any clear night until 10 or 11 P.M. and look toward the northwest where you will see the constellation Cassiopeia looking like a stretched out letter "M" or "W" on its side and just off to the side of it ... Ta Da! Comet Hale-Bopp. At the beginning of the week it will be here. At the beginning of next week, March 31st, it will have moved several degrees over into Andromeda; by Monday April 7th, it will be on the outskirts of the constellation Perseus. And, incredibly, although Comet Hale-Bopp is now moving away from our Earth, it may nevertheless appear to grow an even longer tail because the closer a comet comes to the Sun, the more tail it grows. But just how much more we can't say at the time of the writing of this show. Now the reason that Comet Hale-Bopp is such a super special comet is because it was first seen when it was so far away. I mean most new comets are seen just a few months before they ever visit the regions of our Earth and Sun. But this comet was discovered over a year and a half ago which is an extremely rare occurrence. The reason for this is simply because Hale-Bopp is a monster humongous comet with a 25 mile wide nucleus, much larger than last year's Comet Hyakutake which was discovered only 2 months before it made its closest approach to Earth because its nucleus was only 1 and 1/2 miles wide. The reason it looked so wonderful in our skies is because it came so close to us, less than 10 million miles away. Hale-Bopp's closest approach, however, is over 122 million miles away. If indeed Hale-Bopp were to come as close as Comet Hyakutake did, it would stretch from one end of the horizon to the other and be visible in broad daylight. Ironically Hale-Bopp will come as close to our Earth's orbit as Hyakutake did, a month from now on May 6th. Unfortunately, however, our Earth won't be there when it does. Now once again, for daily Hale-Bopp updates contact our web site at www.starhustler.com and if you don't have a personal computer you can use one at your local library. In the meantime, what ever you do, if you've never done it before go outside and 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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STAR HUSTLER Episode #401-I

1008th Show


To Be Aired : Monday 3/31/97 through Sunday 4/6/97

"THE SECRET LIFE OF COMET HALE-BOPP"

Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings, fellow star gazers, and this week Comet Hale-Bopp is at its closest point to the Sun. And since it is still at its peak brightness you'll be able to see it any clear evening the first two weeks of April just after Sunset. Simply go outside after it gets dark out and look toward the north-west and you'll be able to watch Hale-Bopp as it moves from the left of Cassiopeia through Andromeda and into Perseus. And for daily updates contact our website at www.star hustler.com. Now although at the time of writing this episode I can't tell you precisely how bright Comet Hale-Bopp will be, I can nevertheless give you some pretty good insights into what we do know about Hale-Bopp. Because like all comets, most of Hale-Bopp's lifetime has been shrouded in total darkness and secrecy. You see, our entire solar system is surrounded by a family of trillions of comets. And all these Comets, like Hale-Bopp, are nothing more than frozen celestial icebergs varying in size from just a few yards across to a few miles across. Only when one of these comets bumps into another one or other circumstances knock it out of the great comet iceberg family do we ever have a chance to see one. Indeed millions of years ago when Comet Hale-Bopp consisted of nothing more than a coal black 25-mile wide chunk of frozen gas, dust and rock, it was accidentally knocked out of the comet family and started its long journey toward our Sun. And like all comets that get knocked out of the comet cloud, it is only when one of these dark cosmic icebergs gets close enough to the Sun, that the Sun's forces change it into the beautiful and wonderful things we call comets. 99.9% of all comets never, ever see the light of day but remain pitch black frozen chunks stranded forever in the depths of space. Only a handful like Hale-Bopp, ever get close enough to the Sun to have the Sun work its metamorphosing magic on it. Indeed, how many millions of years ago Comet Hale-Bopp was knocked out of the comet cloud we'll never know. It travelled silently and darkly for millions of years before it was captured by our Sun and forced into an orbit which brings it back to our Earth every few thousand years. And, once again, Comet Hale-Bopp has returned to Earth's skies and for a brief moment, like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, this 25-mile wide celestial iceberg will be enveloped by a brilliant cosmic cloud as big as the Sun itself and will flaunt a spectacular tail millions of miles long. Then after it rounds the Sun, which is happening this very week, it will head back out into space and slowly return to its former tiny dark self until its next visit thousands of years in the future. Out of the trillions of comets that exist on the fringes of the solar system Hale-Bopp is one of the lucky ones, one of the few that ever come close enough to the Sun to present a spectacle to those creatures who inhabit the third planet - planet Earth. Indeed, the last time human beings saw Hale-Bopp in all its wonder overhead, the pyramids were still brand new and what humanity will be like when it returns once again no wise man would venture to tell. So seize the moment and the comet which is simple if you 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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