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| Space on May 12, 2012

EarthSky 22: Goodbye Venus, hello China to Texas eclipse

Seeing Venus near star Elnath. Previewing May 20-21 annular eclipse! Song of Week “Don Alejo” from The Echocentrics by Grammy Award winner Adrian Quesada.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

ES 22 Producers: Deborah Byrd, Ryan Britton, Emily Howard

Science news of the week:

The James Webb Space Telescope gets its first instrument.

Artist's concept James Webb Space Telescope (ESA)

Using the moon as a mirror to watch the transit of Venus on June 5-6, 2012.

Pigeons are finally proven to be sensitive to Earth’s magnetic field.

Earth-like planets are not likely to be found in systems with “hot Jupiters.”

Song of the week:

Song of the Week this week is by Grammy Award winning producer and musician Adrian Quesada. The song “Don Alejo” is from The Echocentrics Sunshadows album.

This week’s featured stories:

Watching a solar eclipse through special filters. You must have filters like these to watch the May 20-21 annular or ring eclipse, or risk damaging your eyes. Buy them here. Image via Dionne Bunsha.

Global Night Sky The planet Venus will soon drop into the sun’s glare, but you can still see it near a little star, Elnath. Plus … the May 20-21 annular or ring, China to Texas eclipse. Jorge Salazar and Deborah Byrd discuss.

The most amazing ring eclipse photo ever

Observing Chesapeake Bay Jorge speaks with Peter Claggett about using the Landsat aatellite to observe Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.

Thanks for listening in!

This week’s musical contributors:

Echocentrics

Wiretree

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

Sleep Good