EarthSky 22: Catch the Perseid meteor shower

When is the best time to see meteors this month? Plus more science stories and great music from our hometown of Austin, Texas.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

June 2012 was the wettest period recorded for the United Kingdom since record-keeping began in 1900.

NASA’s Curiosity rover is a 1-ton robot that will make an unprecedented Mars landing at 10:31 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on August 5.

Image Credit: NASA

New research helps explains why we sneeze, what sneezing should accomplish, and what happens when sneezing does not work properly.

New study shows carbon uptake on Earth doubled from 2.4 to 5.0 billion tonnes per year between the years 1960 to 2010.

Song of the week:

Emily Bell’s “Back to the Way I Was”

This week’s featured stories:

Perseid Meteor Shower Jorge Salazar speaks with skywatcher Deborah Byrd about the best time to view meteors this month.

Climate Weirding Jorge talks with science writer Michael Lemonick about his new book about global warming and weird climate events.

Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8 (left) and July 12 (right). Within four days, 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12, 2012. Image Credit: Nicolo E. DiGirolamo, SSAI/NASA GSFC, and Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory

Thanks for listening in to your 22 minutes of science and music!

This week’s musical contributors:

Emily Bell

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

Daniel Webb

One Hundred Flowers

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