EarthSky 22: Best time to see the planets? Now!

Altruistic rats, a super-close near-Earth asteroid, and of course this month’s amazing planets. Song of the week is Patience from Leatherbag.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science News of the Week:

CERN researchers announce the first spectrum of antihydrogen

A near-Earth asteroid will pass very close to us on February 15, 2013

A method to create biofuel from seaweed

Brown seaweed. Image via University of Karachi, Pakistan

Great Lakes ice has decreased by 71% in the past four decades

Sunspot AR1429 released a an X5-class solar flare

Song of the Week:

Leatherbag’s “Patience” from the album Patience.

This Week’s Featured Stories:

Planet Watching Jorge speaks with Deborah Byrd about how to see Venus, Jupiter and Mars in March 2012.

Image Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky

Altruistic Rats Jorge speaks with neurobiologist Peggy Mason about her study on pro-social behavior in rats, and what it means for humans and other mammals.

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

This week’s musical contributors:


Ocote Soul Sounds

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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