EarthSky 22: SXSW bands, zombie ants, planets

Our Austin streets are coming alive with music now that the South by Southwest festival – SXSW – has begun. Hear some of the bands on this week’s 22. Plus – zombie ants, and planets after sunset.

ES 22 says congrats to The Eastern Sea, Leatherbag, and The Bright Light Social Hour, showcasing artists in Austin’s famed South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival.

ES 22 Host: Jorge Salazar
ES 22 Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

As the Messenger spacecraft prepares to orbit Mercury beginning March 17, the planet obliges earthly viewers by appearing right next to Jupiter after sunset. Woot!

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

This week’s musical contributors:

The Eastern Sea
Leatherbag
The Bright Light Social Hour
The Black and White Years
One Hundred Flowers

This week’s science lineup:

Robert Bindschadler of the Landsat satellite on creating a true-color, high-def mosaic of Antartica. Es boo-ti-ful. But you’ve got to go to this link to appreciate it fully: Antartica mosaic from Landsat

Global night sky: Veteran skywatcher Deborah Byrd on seeing Mercury and Jupiter after sunset in mid-March, 2011.

Weird science: Veteran of the weird Ryan Britton talks about zombie ants. Ew.

Deborah Byrd comes back to talk about the Mercury Messenger, which, on March 17, will become the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.

EarthSky 22