EarthSky 22: Solar storms and supernovas

What makes a star blow up? And what’s up with the active sun? Song of the week by Boxing Lesson. Your 22 minutes of science and music.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

Cyclone Funso wasn’t fun for the coast of southeast Africa

This dog skull is 33,000 years old. Image Credit: Nikolai D. Ovodov

A 33,000-year-old dog skull found in a cave in Belgium. The skull was 33,000 years old, not the dog.

The Opportunity rover has been on Mars for eight years, and it’s still kickin’.

2011: greatest economic losses globally due to earthquake-related events.

The sun has been super active, and some people saw incredible auroras.

Song of the week:

The Boxing Lesson’s “Better Daze” from their upcoming LP.

This week’s featured stories:

What makes a star blow up? Jorge Salazar speaks with Dr. Brad Schaefer of Louisiana State University about what causes a type 1a supernovae, and what cosmological lessons the remnants of these explosions have for us.

Image Credit: NASA

Global Night Sky Deborah Byrd talks about how the sun has been super active so far in 2012, and about seeing auroras.

Image Credit: NASA

Thanks for listening in. We’ll catch ya next week!

This week’s musical contributors:

The Boxing Lesson

Ocote Soul Sounds

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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