Welcome, everyone, to the Planetary Society Blog for the 191st Carnival of Space! Every week, a different webmaster or blogger hosts the Carnival, showcasing articles written on the topic of space. If you run a space/astronomy related blog, and would like to increase your readership, participate in the Carnival of Space. It's a great way to get to know the community, and to help your writing reach a wider audience. If you'd like to submit an article or be a host for the carnival, just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You never know what bloggers are going to contribute to each Space Carnival, and sometimes when I participate I've been the only person contributing a planetary science post. So I was very pleasantly surprised this week to see a huge number of people posting on planetary topics, with a leavening of other fascinating material from cosmology to astronomy to aliens to private space exploration.
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First color image from Mercury orbit
This false-color view of Mercury represents the start of MESSENGER's work to systematically map the innermost planet from orbit. MESSENGER's wide-angle camera has a filter wheel with 11 different color filters, some in visible wavelengths and some in infrared; different combinations of images taken in different filters can yield colorful views showing variation in surface composition. This image was made from three captured through infrared and blue filters.
Bringing it all home, Niall from We Are All in the Gutter educates us about remotely operated astronomical observatories -- but not about their telescopic photos. He links instead to the webcams used by the observatories' operators to monitor weather conditions at these remote sites. Many of these are online and provide some beautiful views of some of the best skies in the world.
Thanks to all who contributed to the Carnival of Space this week.