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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.

Celestron Video From USA Science & Engineering Festival

Mat Kaplan • June 06, 2012

Telescope maker Celestron joined the Planetary Society at April's big festival in Washington. Their new video about the experience features our Emily Lakdawalla.

Video: Saturn makes its own drama (with a little help)

Emily Lakdawalla • May 22, 2012

The apparently simple device of running Cassini images together like a flipbook makes for a dramatic movie, especially with the help of well-timed musical cues.

Full Free Intro Astronomy Class Now Online

Bruce Betts • May 22, 2012

Bruce Betts' complete CSUDH Intro Astronomy and Planetary Science class is now available online. Find out how to access it, and go behind the scenes.

Cool video: Jupiter, its moons, a comet, and...the Sun?

Emily Lakdawalla • May 16, 2012

Here's a neat video posted by SungrazerComets (the Twitter identity of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Sungrazing Comets website) this morning.

Space Hangout with Britney Schmidt

Emily Lakdawalla • May 09, 2012

Watch a conversation I had with planetary astronomer Britney Schmidt about Europa and the current state of outer planets exploration! Also, bonus video of an earlier hangout with Robbie Herrick.

Video: We Must Explore

Andrew Chaikin • May 04, 2012

Planetary exploration is in trouble. Massive budget cuts threaten to starve NASA’s planetary program for years to come. If you are as angered and frightened by this situation as I am, I ask you to make your voice heard. Please share this video. And tell Washington, “We Must Explore.”

Titan, Dead or Alive? A Debate

Emily Lakdawalla • May 02, 2012

A lively discussion and debate between planetary polymaths Ralph Lorenz and Jeffrey Moore about Titan, hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, moderated by David Grinspoon.

Cartoon: Voyager's ongoing adventures

Emily Lakdawalla • April 23, 2012

I'm not sure what to make of this YouTube cartoon about Voyager, except to say that it's simultaneously heart-wrenching, funny, and adorable.

Test Your Planetary Knowledge and Learn More

Bruce Betts • April 16, 2012

If you want to test your planetary knowledge, or just have a masochistic love of tests, I’ve posted the midterm I’ve given to my students in my online Introductory Astronomy and Planetary Science class at California State University Dominguez Hills.

Snapshots From Space Video: Revealing Jupiter's (Mostly) Unseen Treasures

Mat Kaplan • March 18, 2012

Tens of thousands of Jupiter images were taken by the Voyager spacecraft, but relatively few have been processed to reveal their true beauty and wonder. The latest Snapshots video from Emily Lakdawalla explains why.

Online Astronomy Course Update

Bruce Betts • March 06, 2012

All the archived lectures from my free Introduction to Astronomy and the Solar System course, as well as links to the syllabus and how to watch the lectures live, can be found online.

New "Snapshot From Space": Defending Our Planet

Mat Kaplan • March 06, 2012

A new installment of our "Snapshots" video series examines the threat posed by asteroids on collision courses with our home planet. Emily Lakdawalla explains why it's so important to find, understand and learn to deflect these potential civilization enders.

Third Rock Rocks!

Mat Kaplan • March 01, 2012

Have you heard it? "America's Space Station, Powered With NASA" is how they describe themselves. It immediately became my favorite online music source when it premiered late last year.

Snapshots From Space: NASA's Treasure Trove of Unprocessed Images

Mat Kaplan • February 27, 2012

The second episode of Emily Lakdawalla's new video series reveals the gigantic library of solar system images captured by NASA spacecraft, and explains why we've seen so few of them. Emily says they're all online, waiting for space geeks to turn them into gold.

Emily's New Video Series: Snapshots From Space

Mat Kaplan • February 20, 2012

This is the first episode of editor Emily Lakdawalla's new video series exploring the solar system.

The Scale of the Universe, by Cary and Michael Huang

Emily Lakdawalla • February 16, 2012

Cary and Michael Huang present a basic "powers of ten" visualization starting at human scale from which you can scrub downward smaller than quarks or upward to the scale of the entire universe.

First Astronomy Course Lecture Posted Online

Bruce Betts • February 14, 2012

I gave the first lecture of my Introduction to Astronomy and Planetary Science course last Wednesday, starting with a tour of the solar system. The course is Physics 195 at California State University Dominguez Hills.

Visiting the San Diego SpaceUp Unconference

Mat Kaplan • February 14, 2012

Emily Lakdawalla and I drove down to the 3rd annual San Diego SpaceUp Unconference on February 4. We had great fun hanging out with the other space geeks.

Watch the video from this week's Google+ Space Hangout

Emily Lakdawalla • February 02, 2012

This week's lineup included him and me as well as Pamela Gay, Nicole Gugliucci, Alan Boyle, and Ian O'Neill.

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