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with Bruce Betts

Our resident planetary scientist and director of projects keeps you up-to-date on our exciting sci-tech projects, while dropping the occasional Random Space Fact.

A Busy Summer

Bruce Betts • December 17, 2018

Bruce Betts reports on LightSail 2’s status and looks to the future of solar sailing.

Go Out and See the Geminid Meteor Shower

Bruce Betts • December 13, 2018

The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks tonight, is usually the best meteor shower of the year,

Book Announcement and Excerpt: Astronomy for Kids

Bruce Betts • October 13, 2018 • 1

For Astronomy Day, Bruce announces his new book Astronomy for Kids, provides excerpts, and gives some bonus planet observing info.

NASA Then & Now

Bruce Betts • October 02, 2018 • 2

A collection of before and after slider images showing how views of planets in our solar system have changed over the years since NASA was created.

See Mars at its closest in 15 years—and maybe a lunar eclipse

Bruce Betts • July 23, 2018

Later this week, Mars will be closer and brighter than it has been since 2003. And about half the Earth will see a lunar eclipse!

Will an asteroid hit Earth? Your questions answered.

Bruce Betts • June 26, 2018

The Planetary Society presents a list of Frequent Asteroid Questions (FAQs).

A Planetary Vacuum Successfully Takes a Rocket Ride

Bruce Betts • June 07, 2018

Rocket science met planetary science in the California desert when PlanetVac, a new planetary surface sampling technique, was successfully tested on a Xodiac rocket.

Announcing the 2018 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners

Bruce Betts • March 12, 2018

Seven very advanced amateur astronomers will help find, track, and characterize near Earth asteroids.

Your guide to future total solar eclipses

Bruce Betts • October 02, 2017 • 1

Bruce Betts provides a guide to all total solar eclipses through the end of the 2020s, with dates and locations.

Your Guide to the Great American Eclipse of 2017

Bruce Betts • July 17, 2017 • 4

The Moon will totally eclipse the Sun for the first time as seen from the continental United States in more than 40 years on August 21, 2017. What are eclipses, and what's special about this one?

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