EarthSky 22: Draconid meteors this weekend

Lead Producer and Host: Mike Brennan

ES 22 Producers: Deborah Byrd, Emily Howard, Jorge Salazar

The geomagnetic storm on September 30 created a beautiful display of northern lights. This image is from that night, from EarthSky Facebook friend Colin Chatfield in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Science news of the week:

First flying robot able to sense and act on its own.

Geomagnetic storm on September 30.

Typhoon Jelawat (jer-la-wat) hit Okinawa and Tokyo Japan on September 29.

A concept for a boat to sail Titan’s seas.

Song of the week:

Twin Cabin’s “Laika” off the album, I’m Sure

Draconid meteor in 2011, near the bright star Vega. Image via Vittorio Poli in Italy.

This week’s featured stories:

Draconid meteors on evenings of October 7 and 8 Jorge Salazar speaks with Deborah Byrd about the upcoming meteor showers and how best to catch them.

Habitable zones and extremophiles Emily Howard speaks with NASA research astronomer Stephane Kane about what conditions create a habitable zone, and what kinds of life might exist on distant planets.

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

This week’s musical contributors:

Twin Cabins

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

The Sour Notes

One Hundred Flowers

October 6, 2012

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