The Storyteller's Night Sky

Every Monday morning at 6:31 and 8:31, IPR News Radio looks into the night sky with Mary Stewart Adams, former Program Director and founder of the International Dark Sky Park at the Headlands, who has been telling stories of the night sky on IPR since 2013. 

Dark Sky Park: Leo The Lion

May 9, 2013

IPR: Besides the Big Dipper and Orion, the star pattern of Leo the Lion has to be one of the easiest to recognize of all the constellations. Would you agree? 

MARY: Leo is one of the few constellations that actually looks like what its name implies. And in the spring Leo is quite prominent, looking overhead to the south. When you find the Big Dipper overhead, imagine it as a ladle that sprung a leak. If it did, it would leak onto the back of the lion. 

Dark Sky Park: The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

May 3, 2013

IPR: The most well-known meteor shower of the year has to be the Perseid Meteor Shower in August. What are some other meteor showers that are notable this year?

Mary: This year and, in fact, this weekend, the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower is expected to be very favorable. The shower peaks on the morning of May 5 but can be seen before dawn May 4, 5 and 6.

IPR: How are Meteor shower's named?

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