Episode 28 of Media Astra Ac Terra is now available for download! In this episode, we look at backyard astronomy in the Astra segment, with an emphasis on naked-eye and binocular astronomy to point out that you don’t need a telescope to explore the night sky. Then in the Terra segment, we start a two-part look at chalcedony, which has many beautiful and well-loved varieties that you may not realize are all the same mineral. And in the main segment, I tackle the recent resurgence of the “astrology is wrong because the constellations don’t line up with the signs anymore” issue.
I mentioned quite a few books in the Astra segment:
A Walk Through the Heavens by Milton Heifetz and Wil Tirion
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Night Sky
Binocular Stargazing by Mike D. Reynolds
Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis
I also mentioned my favorite astronomy-related computer program, Stellarium, as well as a program by NASA called SkyWatch, which can help you figure out where to look in order to spot the International Space Station.
And here’s an example of the over-simplified reporting of the “news” about the zodiac that I address in the main segment, in case you missed it last week.
Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy the show!
- Oraia Sphinx