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Planetary RadioApril 17, 2012

Taking Back the Night -- International Dark Skies Week

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Scott Kardel
Scott Kardel

Public Affairs Director, International Dark-Sky Association

There are millions of urbanites who have never seen the wonders of a truly dark night sky. Scott Kardel of the International Dark Sky Association is fighting to restore the sky our ancestors knew so well. Emily Lakdawalla takes us out to an asteroid named Lutetia, while Bill Nye asks for help to Save Our Science (SOS). Astronomer Bruce Betts will tell Mat Kaplan about some of the brighter objects in that night sky during What's Up!

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This week's prize is a freetalk & Skype Buddy Video Chat Pack!! Listen to the show for details.

This week's question:
What were the first types of amphibians in space, and what year did it or they launch?

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Send an email no later than Monday, April 30, at 2 pm Pacific time to planetaryradio@planetary.org containing:

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Last week's question:
What is different about the tail section on the Shuttle carrier aircraft as compared to a normal 747?

Answer:
Coming soon in next week's show!

Question from the week before:
What is the source of the Lyrids Meteor Shower?

Answer:
Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher is the source of the Lyrids.

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