EarthSky 22: Planets and pyramids, Jupiter best

Jupiter opposition, a false image of planets and the pyramids on December 3 2012, and a great song by The Eastern Sea. Science and music from Austin, TX. Enjoy!

Lead Producer and Host: Mike Brennan

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

Jupiter is bright! It will be shining more brightly than any of the surrounding stars. This photo is from EarthSky Facebook friend Carlos Colon Sr.

Science news of the week:

Scientists have announced a new system to generate local forecasts of seasonal influenza outbreaks

People around the world viewed the penumbral eclipse of the moon on November 28

A large and violent tornado struck southern Italy on November 28th

Astronomers have discovered vast comet belts surrounding two nearby planetary systems

Song of the Week:

The Eastern Sea‘s “Wasn’t For Love” off their 2012 album Plague

Featured This Week:

Jupiter at Opposition Deborah Byrd and Michael Brennan talk about observing the planet Jupiter, opposite the sun this week.

Jesse Wood‘s “Danger in the Dancehall” off his upcoming album Get Your Burdens Lifted

Cool image of planets and pyramids on December 3, 2012. Unfortunately, not reality. Bad Astronomer Phil Plait discusses this week on EarthSky 22.

Planets and Pyramids Michael Brennan speaks with astronomer Dr. Phil Plait about the image circulating online of three planets aligned over the apex of the three Giza pyramids.

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

This week’s musical contributors:

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

Jesse Woods

The Eastern Sea

One Hundred Flowers

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