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Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 14: The Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • December 14, 2009

The Moon is the most familiar of the objects in the heavens.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 12: Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • December 12, 2009

Cassini's amazing cameras have set a new standard for the quality, sharpness, resolution, beautiful color, and all-around spectacularness of images returned from the outer solar system.

Awesome Mars Express view of Phobos and Deimos together

Emily Lakdawalla • December 11, 2009

My inbox was exploding this morning with messages about a tremendously cool animation released this morning by ESA's Mars Express team. It shows Phobos crossing Deimos, in what's known as a "mutual event."

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 8: Itokawa

Emily Lakdawalla • December 08, 2009

I love this asteroid. It's just so weird-looking.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 7: Jupiter

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2009

Jupiter has been high overhead at sunset for several months, a brilliant light that's easy to spot even when the sky is still bright at dusk; but it's now moving quickly to the west as Earth speeds ahead of Jupiter's more stately march around the Sun.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 5: Epimetheus

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2009

Epimetheus is one of the many small moons of Saturn that are referred to by the Cassini mission team as "rocks" though they are probably mostly made of ice, not rock.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 3: Europa

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2009

From a distance, Jupiter's fourth largest moon Europa is the smoothest object in the solar system; its outline traces out a perfect circle.

Planetary Society Advent Calendar for December 1: Dione

Emily Lakdawalla • December 01, 2009

I've always loved advent calendars and the way they both managed and heightened my anticipation of the gift-opening frenzy of Christmas morning.

Opportunity's poking at Marquette Island; Cassini's catching dancing moons

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2009

Since tomorrow's class is going to be on playing with raw images from the rovers and Cassini, I've been playing with recent raw images from the rovers and Cassini! I just thought I'd share a couple of the fun items I've been working with.

Cassini's Enceladus encounter, with bonus Tethys

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2009

Raw images from Cassini's close pass by Enceladus today started appearing on the JPL raw images website, and some less-compressed versions of a few of them showed up on the CICLOPS website.

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