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| Space on May 04, 2012

EarthSky 22: The May 5 supermoon!

Supermoon … really? Deborah Byrd’s supermoon straight talk …plus the world’s oldest human blood … and a great song by the Black Angels.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, flew within 46 miles – 74 kilometers – of Saturn’s moon Enceladus on May 2

On April 29, a rare tornado touched down near the city of Toulouse in southwestern France

Astrophysicists have caught four distant white dwarfs in the act of consuming Earthlike exoplanets

Image Credit: © Mark A. Garlick /University of Warwick.

A short film titled Welcome to the Anthropocene was released that takes you through the last 250 years of human history

An annular eclipse of the sun will take place on May 20 according to U.S. clocks and on May 21 according to clocks and calendars in Asia.

Song of the week:

The Black Angels’ “Telephone” from Phosphene Dream.

This week’s featured stories:

Supermoon Skywatcher Deborah Byrd tells you everything you need to know about the supermoon this week.

Your brain on fun Ryan Britton discusses new research about how having fun affects your memory. Weird Science is back!

Iceman Scientists have recently discovered the world’s oldest bloodcells, roughly 5300 years old. Jorge speaks with material scientist Marek Janko about what we can learn from the bloodcells of this 5300 year old Iceman.

The Iceman, world's oldest mummy, discovered frozen in glacier near border of Austria and Italy. © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

The Iceman, world's oldest mummy, discovered frozen in glacier near border of Austria and Italy. © South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology

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This week’s musical contributors:

The Black Angels

Melogrand

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

Ocote Soul Sounds