EarthSky 22: Other Earths? Other lifeforms?

Is there life beneath the ice on Jupiter’s moon Europa? What about on the newly discovered planet Kepler 22b? EarthSky 22 explores!

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

First super-Earth found orbiting in the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun

Changes in young men’s brains after one week of playing violent video games

Thawing permafrost releasing more greenhouse gases than previous estimates

SETI back in business, searching for signals of other life forms

Song of the week:

The Story Of’s “How it is” from their album Until the Autumn.

This week’s featured stories:

Water on Europa Jorge Salazar speaks with planetary scientist Britney Schmidt about her study published in Nature that found evidence of liquid water on Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Artist’s concept of the search for possible life below ice on Jupiter’s moon Europa. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Global Night Sky: The Geminid meteor showers Skywatcher Deborah Byrd talks about the best times to see the meteor shower this month.

Kepler 22b Jorge speaks with Alan Boss about Kepler 22b, the first super-Earth orbiting in the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun.

Image Credit: NASA

Thanks for listening in. We’re taking a break for the holidays but will be back in 2012!

This week’s musical contributors:

Melogrand

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

The Story Of

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