EarthSky 22: Asteroids, Landsat launch, Jupiter and moon

Lots going on this week. Asteroid flyby. Meteor explodes over Russia. Jupiter and moon. Song of the week is Phosphorescent’s “Song for Zula.” Your 22 minutes of science and music here.

The bright object near the moon on Sunday evening, February 17, is Jupiter.

Vapor trail from Russian meteor February 15, 2013

Artist’s concept of close-passing asteroid 2012 DA14 via NASA

Lead Producer and Host: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week

Song of the Week:

Phosphorescent’s “Song for Zula”

Featured This Week:

Meteor over Russia NASA scientists spoke about the meteor that exploded in the atmosphere over the Urel Mountains in Russia on February 15, causing a shockwave that injured over 1000 people, and about the close passing of asteroid 2012 DA14 on the same day.

UPDATE: What happened in Russia on Friday, February 15?

Moon and Jupiter Deborah Byrd and Michael Brennan talk skywatching – and why it’s a great time to see the moon and planet Jupiter.

Read more: Moon and Jupiter out from dusk until late night February 17

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

This week’s musical contributors:

The Black and White Years


One Hundred Flowers

Sleep Good

Arum Rae

An Atlas-V rocket carrying a Landsat satellite lifted off February 11, 2013 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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