WMNF | Preview of Saturday’s “Bans Off our Bodies” gatherings; more exploration of the solar system
On Saturday, women and their allies will march through cities across the country, including the Tampa Bay area. The Women’s Marches will draw attention to women’s rights, including the right to access safe and legal abortions.
WMNF interviewed Cambria Weaver, which helps organize women’s marches in the region. She is an intern at Progress Florida.
Last week, a Volusia County state official tabled an abortion bill that looks remarkably familiar. We played a story by WMNF’s Daniel Figueroa IV on Florida Republican Webster Barnaby’s HB167, which looks a lot like the Texas abortion bill.
In July, a Manatee County commissioner called the vote to fund two pro-life pregnancy centers a “big win” in his drive to make Manatee the first county in Florida to ban abortions. During the vote, dozens of pro-choice activists gathered outside the meeting to oppose the measure.
Listen to the full show here
According to the press release, there will be voter registration for the marches.
Across the country, more than 100 marches are listed on the womensmarch.com website. Here are a few in the Tampa Bay area:
Bans Off Our Bodies – Tampa Bay, Saturday, October 2, 4:00 p.m.
Vinoy Park. 701 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Our bodies, OUR choice, Saturday October 2, 1:00 p.m.
Perry Harvey Park. 900 E Scott St Tampa, Florida 33602
March for Reproductive Rights, Saturday October 2, 11:00 a.m.
Manatee County Commissioners’ Office. 452 3rd Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205
Lakeland Women’s March, Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m.
Lakeland Rally and March. 701 W Lime Street Lakeland FL 33815
Abortion Right Rally – North Pinellas, FL, Saturday, October 2, 9:30 a.m.
Office of Gus Bilirakis. Bilirakis Building – St. Pete Tarpon Springs Community College FL 34689
Candlelight Eve for Reproductive Freedom, Saturday, October 2, 7 p.m.
Steps from Brooksville Courthouse. 20 Main Street Brooksville FL 34601
March for WOMEN of the Past who died and WOMEN of the Future who will die, Saturday October 2, 2:00 p.m.
Outdoor sign holding event. Corner of Mariner and Cortez Spring Hill FL 34608
Discovery of objects in the solar system
Also on the show, we looked at the rate of object discovery in the solar system. This is the topic of the month for September 2021 National Geographic a magazine cover titled “The Mysteries of the Solar System”.
WMNF spoke with the author, National Geographic Staff science editor Michael Greshko, by Zoom.
Watch the interview with Michael Greshko:
Here is a transcript of the interview
MG: Yeah, well, first of all Seán, thank you very much for inviting me. I mean, we’re going through a really deep time in our understanding of the solar system. There are, you know, in all likelihood, billions of objects in our solar system once you start to delve into the very small objects and the many things that are really far from the sun,
But actually, going out and seeing these objects cataloging them is really hard to do with telescopes. These objects are small, they are really far away.
When WMNF first aired in 1979, there were approximately 9,200 known asteroids. Now there are about 1.1 million of them and most of them have been found since 2000. So we are really on this kind of upward exponential slope in our understanding of the bodies that make up the solar system and we are. are able to go out and visit some of these objects in a truly unique way.
SK: One of these ways is the next Lucy space mission in October to Jupiter’s Trojans. Tell us about the Lucy spaceship mission and how it will help us find out what’s there?
MG: Absoutely. So Jupiter’s Trojans are those two asteroid swarms that both have orbits, you know, very similar to Jupiter if you think about looking at the solar system from above, like a clock or even like a steering wheel whenever Jupiter is at 12 o’clock. hours, the trojan swarms are at 10 and 2.
And those orbits are really stable, implying that these asteroid shapes have sort of trailed near Jupiter for much of the history of the solar system. But we haven’t really gone out and really explored these objects, they’re kind of bites of light right now.
So NASA Lucy The mission will be the first of its kind to venture into these asteroid swarms, study a diverse sample of them, and really start to get new details about when these objects formed, where in the solar system they were. originally formed and then kind of rocked into their current orbit. And all of this should provide a lot of very rich data on how the solar system settled into its original configuration, which is really exciting for a broader understanding of how the solar system formed and how other star systems can form as well.
SK: And you visited the place where this lucy is being built in Colorado. Tell us what that experience was like.
MG: I mean, it was,… it was amazing. You know, I’ve never done anything like this. I mean, one thing I knew in the abstract, but didn’t fully appreciate until I experienced it.
This is how seriously they take the cleanroom environment by making sure you don’t track down any contaminants. So I was in a sort of head-to-toe suit of what they call a “bunny costume,” a kind of white costume that looked like what the characters and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory during that scene later in the movie, it’s like Wonka Vision.
I even had to swap out the paper I was using because they wanted me to write my notes on special paper that wouldn’t leave any paper fibers in the room, you know, a full face mask and everything.
But it was amazing to go into this space with some of the scientists leading the mission. And not only to appreciate through the engineering of the object itself, but to take a moment and realize that this is not just fancy equipment, but also something that will fly. above a rocket later this year. He will launch and explore the solar system. It was a kind of trip for me. I have never been with an object that was then sent into space before. So it was a surreal moment for me in a delicious way.
SK: I want to remind people that we are chatting with Michael Greshko, science editor and author of National Geographic magazine, September 2021 cover story “The Mysteries of the Solar System”. National Geographic has published an interactive guide to the remapped solar system on its website. So if people are going to see this interactive guide to the remapped solar system, what kind of details will they be able to see that may not have been available before?
DG: Well, I think one of the big areas that this interactive, I think, really shines a light on is how dynamic and active the solar system is. You know, it’s not just a bunch of things stuck in those elliptical sockets.
When we look at the solar system, we can see, you know, all this evidence of past and present dynamics. So how the ancient collisions in the asteroid belt gave birth to these vast asteroid families, uh, today we can see the fact that we can observe objects in the outer solar system and actually how these objects come together. are originally formed and somehow merged er over 4.5 billion years ago in the infancy of the solar system.
And so that’s where I think this interactive and all of the related graphics and supplements in our print magazine really underscore the diversity of these objects and the vibrancy of the solar system past and present.
SK: Well, Michael Greshko before I let you go, is there anything else about the article in National Geographic Magazine or about the interactive on the site or about that Lucy mission that you think our listeners should know?
MG: Well, Lucy will launch no earlier than October 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. So watch out for that.
I also just want to remind listeners that now is a really exciting time. I mentioned earlier in our conversation that there are around 1.1 million known objects in the solar system that are going to continue to increase by probably around 6 million over the next decade.
So all the advancements and exciting knowledge provided to us by the smallest bodies in the solar system will only continue to increase. So if you want to know more, head over to natgeo.com/space and check out my story. I hope you like.