Planetary Radio • Mar 14, 2018
Amateur Astronomers Work To Save Earth From Asteroids!
On This Episode
Senior Communications Adviser and former Host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society
Public Education Specialist for The Planetary Society
Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society
Astronomer for JBL and Blue Mountain Observatories in Australia
Seven astronomers have been selected to receive Shoemaker NEO (Near Earth Object) grants from the Planetary Society. They and their observatories span the planet. We’ll meet an American and an Australian. Society Chief Scientist Bruce Betts provides an overview of the grant program and later returns for this week’s edition of What’s Up. The Planetary Society’s Kate Howells reports on the outlook for space funding in Canada’s newly-released federal budget. She and Society CEO Bill Nye also met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
- Bruce Betts Announces the 2018 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners
- Kate Howells: What does the 2018 Canadian federal budget mean for space?
- The International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Center
- March 24, 2018 In the Shadow Eclipse Documentary Premiere at SIU
This week's prizes are a Planetary Society t-shirt and a 200-point iTelescope.net astronomy account.
This week's question:
Of the 88 modern constellations, which is the smallest in area? (By solid angle that they subtend in the sky.)
To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at http://planetary.org/radiocontest or write to us at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, March 21st at 8am Pacific Time. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Last week's question:
How many missions in NASA’s Mercury program carried humans into space?
The answer will be revealed next week.
Question from the week before:
What is the second brightest star in the night sky as seen from either hemisphere?
The second brightest star in the night sky from either hemisphere is Canopus. (By Apparent Magnitude).