From: Paul Geary, ENN
Published April 28, 2005 12:00 AM

ENN Presents 'Sky Tour'

ENN is thrilled to bring you a very special presentation: "Sky Tour," a personaltour of the night sky, hosted by ENN publisher Jerry Kay and featuring your tourguide Bing Quock of the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciencesin San Francisco.


"Sky Tour" is probably the first-ever broadcast of its kind; we believe it is theworld's first podcast tour of the night sky.



Listen to "Sky Tour"



A big part of our mission at ENN is to bring you information you can use. Sky Touris fascinating to listen to anywhere, but you can download this podcast and bring itwith you outside. Try to find a place that's not cluttered with local lightpollution and follow the broadcast as you are given your personal tour of the nightsky. With the tour, you'll be able to identify the stars, constellations, andgalaxies that comprise the spring sky without the aid of a constellationmap.


The first installment of "Sky Tour" is designed for beginners who may not be closelyfamiliar with what they're seeing when they look up at the sky at night. Quockguides you to the brightest objects in the sky so that you can orient yourself, andtakes you from there to the more subtle aspects of the sky that you may not havenoticed before.


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Quock takes us first to the "Winter Circle" area of the sky; the waning season'sdominant area which is populated with some of the brightest stars. It includes theculturally and historically important star Sirius, the brightest star in the nightsky. Sirius is a close neighbor of ours at a mere eight light-years away.


We're then taken to the constellation Orion, one of the most famous. Orion is anhourglass of stars, though different cultures have seen a diverse range of figureswithin Orion.


Taurus, another of the 12 zodiac constellations, is part of the Winter Circle aswell. Near it is the Pleites, containing what many call the "Wee Dipper," resemblinga tiny version of the Big Dipper. (The Japanese called this "Subaru." Look at thelogo of the modern-day car company and you'll see the origin of its name.)


Listen to the broadcast as Quock takes you across much more of the spring sky.



ENN's "Sky Tour" is now available as a podcast. Why not add our feed to your podcast receiver (it's free) so you will receive current tours when they are available? Here's the link: www.enn.com/news/podcast/ENNskytour.xml .


You can get a lot of great information about the California Academy of Sciences atits website here: www.calacademy.org, and about the Morrison Planetarium at itswebsite here: www.calacademy.org/planetarium.We want to know what you think about "Sky Tour," and we'd like to hear from youabout how we can make ENN's as informative and useful as it can be. We'd also liketo hear suggestions about how we can make the latest multi-media technologies (suchas podcasting) that we're presenting on ENN even better. E-mail ENN atpublisher@enn.com.


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