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#DPS17: Wobbling the Moon and art by James Tuttle Keane

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2017

James Tuttle Keane is increasingly famous (among planetary scientists anyway) for his remarkable illustrated notes from conferences. Here's his work from the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, illustrating both his own and others' research.

Saturn's Ring Particles

Judy Schmidt • January 05, 2017

Artist and astrophotographer Judy Schmidt brings us a view from within the rings of Saturn.

The Sea That Has Become Known

Porter McDonald • February 12, 2016

Artist Porter McDonald describes his latest painting, Mare Cognitum, which features NASA's Ranger 7 spacecraft.

New Robotic Spacecraft Posters

Bill Dunford • August 06, 2015

Another round of posters to celebrate historic planetary missions.

Book Review: “The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era”

Mat Kaplan • December 11, 2014

Mat Kaplan reviews a comprehensive new collection of historic and modern space art from author and superb space artist Ron Miller.

The Art of Planetary Science

Dante Lauretta • October 31, 2014

On October 17-19, 2014, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory on the University of Arizona campus hosted the second annual Art of Planetary Science exhibition. This exhibition featured works of art inspired by the solar system, alongside works by scientists created from their scientific data.

Creating Life on a Gas Giant

Adolf Schaller • November 02, 2013

Adolf Schaller, an artist on the original Cosmos series, shares his experience of creating the painting, "Hunters, Floaters, and Sinkers" from Episode 2, which speculates about the possible life living in the turbulent atmosphere of a gas-giant planet.

What would Earth's skies look like with Saturn's rings?

Jason Davis • June 26, 2013

Illustrator and author Ron Miller visualizes what we would see in our skies if Saturn’s majestic rings circled the Earth.

Watch the recording of my Google+ Science Hour with guest Dan Durda

Emily Lakdawalla • June 07, 2012

On June 6 I hosted the Cosmoquest Weekly Science Hour. My guest was Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute. We talked asteroids, impact mitigation, searches for Vulcanoids, and suborbital experiments, and then he took us through how he creates his digital space art.

Artist's views of a night sky transformed by a galaxy merger

Emily Lakdawalla • June 04, 2012

A measurement of the Andromeda galaxy's proper motion shows it's coming directly at us, and will collide with the Milky Way in 4 billion years. The event will transform the appearance of our night sky.

Stardust update: Tempel 1 not yet spotted by spacecraft, hopefully next week

Emily Lakdawalla • January 22, 2011

A new update has been posted to the Stardust website: The spacecraft continues to operate as expected and all subsystems are healthy on approach to comet Tempel 1.

A brush painting for Hayabusa

Emily Lakdawalla • July 07, 2010

Upon James Aldridge's return from Japan, he posted several albums worth of amazing photos, including several of their calligraphy instructor, well-known artist Aiko Tanaka, creating a gestural brush painting to commemorate Hayabusa's return.

What planet is THIS?

Emily Lakdawalla • March 23, 2010

Check out this watery world! It's clearly a computer simulation of something, but of what? Can you guess?

Evaporating exoplanet

Emily Lakdawalla • January 06, 2010

CoRoT-7b was the first unambiguously rocky planet to be discovered and was quite small, at under five Earth masses. But a press release issued today suggests that its history probably has little to do with Earth's.

The Planetary Society and the Search for Extrasolar Planets

Amir Alexander • October 27, 2005

Almost since it was founded in 1980, The Planetary Society has been there for the search for other worlds.

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