EarthSky 22: See five planets this week

How you can spot all five bright planets. Observing the early universe. Song of week Quiet Company’s Are you a Mirror? from their album We Are All Where We Belong.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

The tallest building in the world to be built in less than 90 days

Image Credit: Broad Group

May 2012 second warmest May on record since 1880

Rio+20 met to discuss human sustainability

Global warming likely to increase wildfire risk in North America and Europe

Earth is at its farthest from the sun this week. Happy Earth aphelion everyone!

Song of the week:

Quiet Company’s “Are you a Mirror?” from their album We Are All Where We Belong

If you look outside before dawn one morning soon, you will see Venus and Jupiter near each other in the east before sunup. Venus is brighter and closer to the horizon. This photo taken June 23, 2012 by EarthSky Facebook friend Goh Chee Hui in Johor, Malaysia. Three other planets – Mars, Saturn and Mercury – are in the evening sky.

This week’s featured stories:

See Five Planets this Week Jorge Salazar speaks with skywatcher Deborah Byrd about viewing Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn this week.

Weird Science Jorge speaks with Ryan Britton about the origin and genetics of domestics dogs, and the mystery of their evolution.

The Early Universe Jorge speaks with Dr. Ger de Bruyn about observing the early universe with the International LOFAR Telescope.

Image Credit: LOFAR / ASTRON

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

This week’s musical contributors:

Quiet Company

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

Maneja Beto

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