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| Human World | Space on Jan 05, 2013

EarthSky 22: Two comets in 2013!

Two comets you’ll want to know about … plus the silence of silence in the world’s quietest room. Song of the week is Hundred Visions’ “Last Cab from Tunis. ”

Lead Producer and Host: Mike Brennan

ES 22 Producers: Deborah Byrd, Emily Howard, Jorge Salazar

Comet PANSTARRS on the evening of April 6, 2013. This view is to the east that evening. The oval near the comet is the Andromeda galaxy. You’ll want a dark sky to see both the comet and the galaxy. Chart via Dave Eagle at www.eagleseye.me.uk. Used with permission. View larger.

Comet ISON on the morning of December 10, 2013. The view is toward the east before dawn. Chart via Dave Eagle at www.eagleseye.me.uk. Used with permission. View larger.

Science News of the Week:

Earth at perihelion, closest to sun in early January

Birds react to birdsong much like humans respond to music

Young planets may feed gas and dust to their parent star

100 billion planets populate the Milky Way galaxy

Song of the Week:

Hundred Visions’ “Last Cab from Tunis”.

Featured This Week:

Two Comets in 2013 It’s a rare occasion to have a comet come close enough to observe with the unaided eye. This year, we may be able to see two comets. EarthSky’s Deborah Byrd and Michael Brennan discuss the two comets of 2013.

The World’s Quietest Room Jorge Salazar talks to Ryan Britton about the science of silence, and how complete quiet can make you crazy.

Thanks for listening in to your 22 minutes of science and music!

This week’s musical contributors:

The Black and White Years

Hundred Visions

One Hundred Flowers

Sleep Good

Arum Rae