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Jupiter's changing face, 2009-2015

Emily Lakdawalla • July 24, 2015 • 4

Damian Peach's photo-documentation of Jupiter helps us monitor the giant planet's ever-changing patterns of belts, zones, storms, and barges, during a time when no orbiting missions are there to take pictures.

Addressing some common questions about Comet Lovejoy

Matthew Knight • January 23, 2015 • 1

Lowell Observatory's Matthew Knight addresses several points of confusion that have repeatedly come up in the coverage of Comet Lovejoy.

Hunting Binary Asteroids

Bruce Betts • November 07, 2014

Thanks to The Planetary Society’s Shoemaker NEO Grant program, a new telescope has been brought to bear focusing on searching for and understanding the properties of binary asteroid systems.

I've been asteroided! (274860) Emilylakdawalla

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2014 • 13

What a great piece of news to receive upon returning home from vacation! There is now a small piece of the solar system named for me: asteroid 274860 has been formally named "Emilylakdawalla" by the International Astronomical Union. Here is everything I've been able to learn about my namesake asteroid.

Voyager 3 Project

Peter Rosén • July 08, 2014 • 3

In 1979, the Voyager 1 probe took a stunning series of images on its final approach to Jupiter. Thirty-five years later, almost to the day, a group of seven Swedish amateur astronomers set out to replicate this odyssey, but with images taken with their own ground-based telescopes.

Opposition time for Mars, and several months of dancing with the stars

ESA Mars Express Team • April 08, 2014 • 1

The Mars Express team showcases some of the best viewing opportunities of Mars in 2014, including how to spot Comet Siding Spring when it flies past Mars this October.

Shivering in Paradise: An Alaskan Aurora Adventure

Mat Kaplan • March 14, 2014 • 1

Mat Kaplan checks an item off his bucket list: Seeing the aurora in Alaska.

Pretty Picture: Three Wanderers

Emily Lakdawalla • March 12, 2014

With all the excitement happening on missions criscrossing the solar system, I often forget to enjoy the views of our solar system that we can achieve from home. Amateur astronomers don't make the same mistake. Here's a lovely photo that Stuart Atkinson sent me, captured last night from Kendal, England, showing four special wanderers.

Eyes and stopwatch are all that are needed to help measure an invisible asteroid

Ted Blank • March 03, 2014 • 1

Would you like to be part of one of the largest citizen-science efforts in the history of astronomy? The International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) invites you to join in the campaign to observe and time the best and brightest asteroid occultation ever predicted to occur over a populated area – and no telescope is required!

Intro Astronomy Class 3: Telescopes, the Moon

Bruce Betts • February 21, 2014

Explore optical, radio, and space telescopes and the Moon in the video of class 3 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

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