Tonight on Astronomy.FM ~ WEDNESDAY (GMT)

December 12th, 2012 by Michael Foerster

SET #1: Discovery Now — A Moment of Science — an AFM*Original Program: Astronomy, Out & About, by Jeff & Becca Setzer (“classic” episode tonight)
SET #2: EarthSky — A Moment of Science — today’s 365 Days of Astro — Planetary Radio — BONUS! WHYY’s SkyTalk
SET #3: Science Update — A Moment of Science — Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour
SET #4: 60-Second Science — A Moment of Science — classic 365 Days of Astro — Science Talk — BONUS! WHYY’s SkyTalk

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SET #1:
UTC/GMT: 0200, 0600, 1000, 1400, 1800, 2200
US Eastern: 9pm, 1am, 5am, 9am, 1pm, 5pm
US Pacific: 6pm, 10pm, 2am, 6am, 10am, 2pm
~ News at the top of the hour:  ”Discovery Now”:  Moondust and Microwaves – NASA has another trick up its sleeve, but there’s no magic hat; just moondust and microwaves! ;90
~ More News – from WFIU / Indiana Public Radio: “A Moment of Science”:   How Does Ice Cool Drinks? – Drop a few ice cubes into a glass of water at room temperature, and in a few minutes the water will cool. How does this work?  2;00
~ An Astronomy.FM Original Program, and perhaps the most important radio program in Wisconsin history – “Astronomy, Out & About!”, with Becca & Jeff Setzer.  After two years and nearly 100 episodes of AO&A, the Setzers are taking a break.  Tonight we bring you a “classic” episode, #44 in their Hit Parade; Becca’s away, so Jeff is joined by guest Pirate Marty Kunz! 54;00

SET #2:
UTC/GMT: 0300, 0700, 1100, 1500, 1900, 2300
US Eastern: 10pm, 2am, 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm
US Pacific: 7pm, 11pm, 3am, 7am, 11am, 3pm
~ News at the top of the hour: “EarthSky”:  Three Planets Above Pyramids in December 2012? – An image being circulated on the Internet, showing three planets above Egyptian pyramids this month, is an exaggeration of a true sky event.  ;90
~ More News – from WFIU / Indiana Public Radio: “A Moment of Science”:  Flexible, Transparent Solar Cells – Scientists have developed flexible, transparent solar cells that can be applied to windows, electronic devices, and really any surface!  2;00
~ On today’s “365 Days of Astronomy”:  Astronomers Without Borders Helps Open the Universe, by April Jubett, Kimberly Arcand, Amelia Ortiz-Gil 11;30
~ “Planetary Radio” from The Planetary Society –  First Earth-Sized Exoplanet is Next Door!
Xavier Dumusque is the young astronomer who was lead author for the announcement of the first exoplanet found in the Alpha Centauri system, just 4.3 light years from Earth.  It’s also the first Earth-sized world found outside our own system. Emily Lakdawalla wowed the crowd at the Galaxy party in LA, and you’ll hear what other listeners think Curiosity SHOULD have found on Mars in our What’s Up contest.
~ BONUS! WHYY’s Skytalk:  Mercurial Ice and a Gigantic Black Hole – Astounding! Water on the planet closest to the Sun? Also, a grande-sized black hole has astronomers going back to the drawing board!  10;50

SET #3:
UTC/GMT: 0400, 0800, 1200, 1600, 2000, 0000
US Eastern: 11pm, 3am, 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm
US Pacific: 8pm, 12am, 4am, 8am, 12pm, 4pm
~ News at the top of the hour, from the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science: “Science Update”:  Forgetting Bad Memories – The brain has two very different mechanisms for erasing bad memories.  ;60
~ More News – from WFIU / Indiana Public Radio: “A Moment of Science”:   What Is The Difference Between Comets And Asteroids? – You’ve heard about comets and asteroids in space. What is the different?  2;00
~ From Kirstin Sanford Science Media, it’s “Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour”:  Talking About Life – Are we alone? and other hot topics in astrobiology.  55;30

SET #4:
UTC/GMT: 0500, 0900, 1300, 1700, 2100, 0100
US Eastern: 12pm, 4am, 8am, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm
US Pacific: 9pm, 1am, 5am, 9am, 1pm, 5pm
~ News at the top of the hour, “60-Second Science” from Scientific American:  Whale Mimics Human Speech ;80
~ More News – from WFIU / Indiana Public Radio: “A Moment of Science”:   What Is The Science Behind Animals Moving In A Flock? – It’s interesting that many animals, like sheep, zebras, fish, and birds, tend to congregate and move around in flocks. What’s the science behind flocking?  2;00
~ Deep from our program vaults, a classic edition of “365 Days of Astronomy”:  Life on Titan, by Chris Impey 13;30
~ From Scientific American, it’s “Science Talk”:  What Is the Watson Jeopardy-Playing Supercomputer, Alex?  20;10

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