The Sky Is Falling | J@N | 11.17.10

The Sky Is Falling | J@N | 11.17.10

Tonight’s show ROCKS! Wait, wh- oh we’re TALKING about rocks. Space rocks, to be exact. This week marks the high-point of this year’s Leonid Meteor Shower, and we’re gonna tell you all about our space rock stories, and include some tips on getting the best view.

We’ll also share some exciting space news about near-miss asteroids, Japanese space probes and anti-matter! Get SPACEY with us!

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Leonid Meteor Shower is peaking this week (11/16)
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/leonid-meteor-shower-peaking-now-101116.html
* Caused by debris from the Tempel-Tuttle Comet entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds. (comet revisits every ~33 years)
* Each fragment is no larger than a marble and most grains of sand.
* Light show caused by speeds of more than 160,000 mph (compared to rifle = 2,240 mph)

Top 10 Leonid Meteor Shower Facts: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/top10_leonidsfacts-10.html
* Neatest fact – you can LISTEN to the shower via radio waves.
* Also, the re-entry occasionally causes electromagnetic distortions that make it seem as though the meteors’ sound reaches earth BEFORE it is visible.

Japanese Space Probe accidentally brings home Asteroid dust
http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2010/11/20101116_hayabusa_e.html
NewScientist article on subject: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19730-spacecraft-is-first-to-bring-asteroid-dust-to-earth.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news
* The dust contains a mineral not found on Earth’s surface.

CERN scientists successfully contain Anti-hydrogen for the FIRST TIME
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-trapped-antihydrogen-20101118,0,2787137.story
Antimatter infographic: http://press.web.cern.ch/livefromcern/antimatter/

Courtesy of Rikai: http://news.discovery.com/space/comet-hartley-2-pumps-out-the-cyanide.html

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