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Sighting the homeworld

Emily Lakdawalla • May 17, 2010

Coming closer every day, Mr. Hayabusa has sighted his final destination: his homeworld, Earth, and its attendant Moon.

A Martian Moment in Time, revisited

Emily Lakdawalla • May 12, 2010

A good start to my day today: The New York Times' Lens Blog featured the "Martian Moment in Time" photo that Opportunity took last week in a really nice writeup. I'm so grateful, and still a little surprised, that the folks on the Mars Exploration Rover mission took this idea and ran with it!

MarsSed 2010 Field Trip Day 2: Stromatolites, Gypsum and Layers

Ryan Anderson • April 30, 2010

We started off Day 2 of the field trip by driving up onto the eroded rocks of what used to be the tidal flats of the ancient reef, between the shore and the continental shelf.

MarsSed 2010 Field Trip Day 1: Guadalupe Mountains and Evaporites

Ryan Anderson • April 26, 2010

Hello everyone, I’m back from the MarsSed 2010 meeting in El Paso!

Volcanism across the solar system: Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • April 20, 2010

Yesterday I asked for suggestions for topics to write about, and you readers seem to have volcanoes on your minds!

Off to MarsSed 2010

Ryan Anderson • April 17, 2010

I’m headed off to El Paso Texas tomorrow! Why? Because that’s where the Mars Sedimentology and Stratigraphy workshop is!

Pretty picture: Fly through the aurora

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2010

Space Station astronaut Soichi Noguchi is an awesome photographer. This image is going straight into the "Best of 2010" collection.

Strong geomagnetic storm today

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2010

This morning I received a bulletin warning of a "strong" geomagnetic storm that began just over an hour ago.

What's your favorite planet?

Charlene Anderson • March 02, 2010

Before you answer, check out these images!

Mars and a moonbow

Emily Lakdawalla • January 21, 2010

Moonbows represent the same phenomenon as rainbows, it's just that the light from the Sun has reflected off of the Moon first before it's separated into its colors by the myriad tiny water droplets in the cloud.

Last Door in the Planetary Society Advent Calendar: Earth, again

Emily Lakdawalla • January 01, 2010

I know I already posted Earth once before. But I could not resist winding up the calendar with this view of a new Earth, for the new year.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 25: Double planet

Emily Lakdawalla • December 24, 2009

To those of you who celebrate the holiday, merry Christmas! I hope Santa was good to you.

Copenhagen Needs More Space - Space Science Has Critical Role to Play in Climate Science

Charlene Anderson • December 10, 2009

Climate change and Copenhagen are dominating the world news this week, as politicians, diplomats, scientists, and protesters gathered in the Danish city for the 2009 meeting for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Norway Spiral

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2009

I had a fun conversation with Paul Harris just now on his show at KTRS about the crazy spiral that showed up in Norwegian skies yesterday.

If Earth had rings

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2009

I am the very last space blogger in the universe to post about this video, but that doesn't make it any less cool.

Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks on the 17th

Bruce Betts • November 16, 2009

The Leonid meteor shower peaks on Tuesday, November 17. The Leonids are a highly variable shower, and as such are a bit of a gamble on what you'll see. Could be great, could be so-so.

Rosetta Earth swingby successful

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2009

Rosetta appears to have operated flawlessly as it streaked past Earth for its flyby early this morning. Here are a few more gems from the flyby.

Crescent Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2009

Just hours away from its Earth flyby, Rosetta is busily snapping images and gathering other science data.

Tracking the stars -- and Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • November 11, 2009

This was a neat photo from ESA today.

Netherlands fireball

Emily Lakdawalla • October 14, 2009

I was debating whether to write anything about a reported fireball that streaked across the sky in the Netherlands at roughly 19:00 local time (17:00 UTC) yesterday, October 13, but seeing this image ended my internal debate.

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