Join Donate

Blog Archive

 

Pretty Picture: A Plethora of Perseids

Jason Davis • August 14, 2013

A pretty picture of the Perseid meteor shower from Mount Lemmon, Ariz.

The coolest video of an expanding supernova you'll see today

Jason Davis • August 09, 2013

Professional astrophotographer Adam Block created a video showing the expansion of M1, the Crab Nebula, using two images taken more than a decade apart.

Upgraded Alpha Centauri Planet Search Underway

Bruce Betts • July 26, 2013

The Planetary Society sponsored Alpha Centauri planet search started using a newly upgraded system in May. Here is a quick update including info from project leader Debra Fischer from Yale about their new system.

Return of the Pale Blue Dot

Mat Kaplan • July 18, 2013

You can be part of a planetwide group photo as Cassini and MESSENGER turn their cameras Earthward on July 19.

The Peak of Discovery

Mat Kaplan • July 16, 2013

This week's Planetary Radio goes on tour at the Mount Wilson Observatory with descendants of its founder.

Found a Killer Asteroid? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Mat Kaplan • July 08, 2013

Astronomer Timothy Spahr directs the Minor Planet Center, the global clearinghouse for asteroids, comets and other relatively small objects in the solar system, including moons. He also coordinates the Society's Shoemaker NEO grant program.

Goodnight, Herschel Space Observatory

Jason Davis • June 18, 2013

The European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory received its final commands yesterday, having depleted the liquid helium required to make its infrared observations.

Astronomy Enters a New Era

Mat Kaplan • May 26, 2013

A live conversation about just a few of the powerful new instruments that will revolutionize our knowledge of the cosmos once again.

ALMA Adventure--Complete Interviews With Planetary Radio Guests

Mat Kaplan • March 26, 2013

The extended, mostly unedited recordings of my conversations with many of the people I spoke to at the ALMA Observatory in Chile. Also, the full English translation of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's speech.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: the Giant ALMA Observatory, and Asteroid Tracking

Bruce Betts • March 20, 2013

Bruce Betts, Mat Kaplan, and asteroid tracker Robert Holmes on the Planetary Society Weekly Google Hangout. Mat discussed and showed pictures from his trip to the giant ALMA observatory and we'll be joined by asteroid tracker extraordinaire, Robert Holmes.

Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Being WISE about asteroids, comets, and brown dwarfs with Amy Mainzer

Emily Lakdawalla • March 14, 2013

This week I'll be talking with NEOWISE principal investigator Amy Mainzer about moving objects that the WISE mission has spotted both inside and outside our solar system.

Atacama Diary for March 10, 2013--Pisco Sours and Liquid Helium

Mat Kaplan • March 10, 2013

Great dinner and great conversation with staff of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, topped by Chile's national drink.

Atacama Diary for March 8, 2013-Noon at LAX

Mat Kaplan • March 09, 2013

Another audio blog post, with excerpts from the National Science Foundation briefing on the ALMA Observatory, edited while I was waiting for my planet to Chile at LAX.

Atacama Diary for March 2, 2013--ALMA Explained

Mat Kaplan • March 02, 2013

The second in a series of audio blogs chronicling my trip to the driest spot on Earth, Chile's Atacama desert, to see the inauguration of the ALMA Observatory. Al Wootten and Alison Peck tell the story of ALMA.

Atacama Diary

Mat Kaplan • February 25, 2013

The first in a series of audio blogs chronicling my trip to the driest spot on Earth, Chile's Atacama desert, to see the inauguration of the ALMA Observatory.

A dispatch from J-school: two short videos

Jason Davis • October 23, 2012

Two short videos produced by Jason Davis on astronomy and planetary science work taking place at the University of Arizona.

First Planet Discovered in Alpha Centauri System

Bruce Betts • October 17, 2012

European astronomers have made the first planetary discovery in the closest-to-Earth Alpha Centauri star system. Here is some information about the discovery, and insights from Yale Astronomer Debra Fischer, who leads another Alpha Centauri planet search partially supported by The Planetary Society.

Saving the World: Established 1997

Bruce Betts • September 21, 2012

The Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO grants celebrate their 15th anniversary of helping to find and track near Earth asteroids. Here's a quick review of the program, and updates on our four multiple-grant winners.

NITARP seeks educators for NASA astronomy research

Luisa Rebull • August 27, 2012

NITARP seeks educators interested in teaming up with NASA astronomers to perform genuine astronomical research.

Astronomy Is Cheap, Too

Casey Dreier • August 17, 2012

There was upsetting news today, as the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences released a report that recommended divesting from several highly successful radio telescopes. The money in question, as usual, amounts to almost nothing. The effects, however, are massive.

Items 41 - 60 of 85  Previous12345Next
astronaut on Phobos
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

Mars
Advocacy

Our Advocacy Program provides each Society member a voice in the process. Funding is crucial.

Donate

You are here: