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Bob Berman
Strange Universe
Sundays, 9:35 a.m.

Astronomer Bob Berman sheds light on the mysteries of space and time. Always fascinating and fun, Strange Universe will take you places you never knew existed. Learn why Betelgeuse sometimes goes weirdly dim and how after the totality in 2017 in places like Wyoming and the Carolinas, millions finally got to see a total solar eclipse.

  • Tune in to hear about the approaching fall sky and the behavior of the Harvest moon that sets it apart.
  • We go deeper (or should we say outer) to learn about Venus’ unique characteristics and the history of how it was found.
  • At 8 p.m. on Sunday, twilight deepens and you’ll see Venus, the brightest “star” in the whole sky, and our jumping-off point for a celestial adventure.
  • Can you get out of here? That is the question pondered for centuries: how to permanently leave Earth. This week, we discuss escape velocity, the minimum speed that an object needs to be traveling to break free of gravitational influence.
  • Jupiter comes closest to Earth this weekend – ideal conditions for observing the most dynamic planet in the known universe. Grab your telescope to view this planet's features that consist of dark belts, white zones, small dark and white circular storms, and, most famous of all, its great red spot.
  • This year’s Perseid Meteor Shower peaked this week, and we have now entered our annual period famous for both haze and shooting stars. This week, we discuss meteor showers including the Leonid shower, the Geminid shower, and the perfect conditions to view these spectacular displays.
  • Want to experience the kind of cosmic panorama seen under the opening credits of “Star Wars?” You're at the right place at the right time. On Sunday at nightfall, we will be aimed toward the most concentrated part of our galaxy. During the first few hours of darkness, the Milky Way will neatly split the sky from north to south and pass directly overhead.
  • On Sunday at around midnight, Saturn reaches its closest approach to Earth, and is biggest and brightest. It will remain perfect for viewing for the next…
  • Could the poles shift? Sci-fi movies depict this happening, and wreaking calamity. Now National Geographic has weighed in. In a TV show about 2012,…
  • Microwaves actually come at us from the entire sky – the famous Cosmic Microwave Background. They are a form of light that vibrates 2 1/2 billion times a…