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Radar in Earth and Planetary Science, Part 2

Heather Hunter • May 12, 2017 • 2

Heather Hunter brings us the next installment in her series on radio detection and ranging.

Transient hot spots on Venus: Best evidence yet for active volcanism

Emily Lakdawalla • June 18, 2015 • 3

In a paper released in Geophysical Research Letters today, Eugene Shalygin and coauthors have announced the best evidence yet for current, active volcanism on Venus. The evidence comes from the Venus Monitoring Camera, which saw transient hot spots in four locations along a system of rifts near Venus' equator. They saw the hot spots in two distinct episodes in 2008 and 2009.

Venus From 33 Years Ago, and Why We Need to Explore

Ted Stryk • March 05, 2015 • 1

Thirty-three years ago today, Venera 14 plunged through the thick Venusian atmosphere to the surface. Ted Styrk shares some of his processed images from the Venera lander missions to Venus—and makes a plea for us to return.

Standing on Venus in 1975

Ted Stryk • July 24, 2014 • 4

Venera 9 and 10 landed on Venus in 1975 and sent back the first images of the planet's surface. Now, Ted Stryk brings new life to these images to show us what it would be like to stand on the Venusian surface.

Intro Astronomy Class 4: Eclipses, Mercury, Venus-Earth-Mars Atmospheres, Venus

Bruce Betts • February 28, 2014

This video of class 4 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class discusses eclipses, Mercury, Venus, and a comparison of the atmospheres of Venus, Earth, and Mars.

A Spin Through the Inner Solar System

Bill Dunford • February 24, 2014 • 1

Animated maps of the planets show the spheres in motion.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 4: Heaven & Hell

Casey Dreier • November 04, 2013 • 7

Humans face the consequences of our own knowledge about the cosmos in this latest episode recap and analysis of Carl Sagan's classic series.

A Map of the Evening Star

Bill Dunford • August 20, 2013 • 7

Beautiful maps of a mysterious place.

Pretty picture: tessera terrain on Venus

Emily Lakdawalla • February 07, 2013 • 1

In which I dive into the Magellan radar data set and come up with some images of an unusual and possibly unique solar system terrain: tessera.

DPS 2012, Tuesday: Titan's surface

Emily Lakdawalla • October 17, 2012 • 4

Tuesday morning at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting featured talks on the surface composition and landforms on Titan, including lakes and "hot cross buns."

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