EarthSky 22: Zodiacal light!

Mysterious zodiacal light. Song of the week Possum Song by Dana Falconberry. Food safety. Exploding stars. 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:

Planets found for 13-billion-year-old star

Texas tornadoes

Galaxies capturing star-building materials from extragalactic space

In 2009, one in every 30 babies born in the U.S. was a twin

A new 3.4 million-year-old partial foot fossil found in Ethiopia

A 12-mile-high dust devil on Mars

Martian dust devil roughly 12 miles (20 kilometers) high. Image via NASA

Song of the Week:

The beautiful “Possum Song” by , off her new EP.

This Week’s Featured Stories:

Zodiacal Light Jorge and Deborah Byrd discuss the legendary zodiacal light, what causes its glow, and why now is the best time to see it in your western sky.

Food and Drug Safety Jorge speaks with Dr. Jim Riviere about the April 2012 Food Safety Report by the U.S. Institute of Medicine.

When Stars Explode Jorge speaks with astronomer Brad Schaefer about looking at the remnants of a supernovae explosion to determine what caused it.

Zodiacal light

Optical and x-ray composite image of a supernova remnant known as SNR 0509-67.5. Credit: NASA, ESA, CXC, SAO, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and J. Hughes (Rutgers University)

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

This week’s musical contributors:

Dana Falconberry

Daniel Webb

Ocote Soul Sounds

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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