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1. An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:01:00 CDT 2012)

With so much talk of asteroids and comets lately I thought it'd be a good time to post this amazing artifact from the past. It's actually not from the very distant past, but it's data from the first framing CCD cameras sent into space, ...

Description: An amazing animation of Halley's comet from Vega 1

2. Sounds of Stardust, and a cool morphed Tempel 1 video

(Web Page; Mon Aug 19 10:20:00 CDT 2013)

Here's two more items from Tuesday's flyby of comet Tempel 1 by the Stardust spacecraft to add to my previous roundup of Tempel 1 data. The first represents data from a dust counting instrument, portrayed as sound: I asked co-inv...

Description: Here's two more items from Tuesday's flyby of comet Tempel 1 by the Stardust spacecraft to add to my previous roundup of Tempel 1 data. The first represents data from a dust counting instrument, portrayed as sound, and the second is a terrific morph animation of the flyby produced by Daniel Macháček.

3. Guest Post: Neil Stewart: Big Bend designated International Dark Sky Park

(Web Page; Tue Apr 24 11:07:00 CDT 2012)

Last week, I received a press release (PDF) with the headline "Big Bend National Park Designated As International Dark Sky Park." Big Bend is one of the dark-sky places that Tyler Nordgren visited during his "Stars Above, Earth Below" t...

Description: Last week, I received a�press release�with the headline "Big Bend National Park Designated As International Dark Sky Park." I asked my brother Neil to write something about this announcement for me.�

4. Bulgaria in Space

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:00:00 CDT 2012)

In my most recent post on Chandrayaan-1 I mentioned the first results from the RADOM experiment, provided to the Indian mission by the nation of Bulgaria. I also mentioned that "I don't know anything about Bulgaria's previous contributi...

Description: Bulgaria in Space

5. Report from AAS: Exoplanets (and exo-asteroids, and exo-comets) everywhere

(Web Page; Wed Jan 09 12:56:00 CST 2013)

This week the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is meeting in Long Beach. An astonishing fact about the 2013 meeting of the AAS: 30% of all the talks at this meeting are on exoplanets.Just let that sink in for a moment. It wasn't that ...

Description: This year's American Astronomical Society meeting featured tons and tons of news on exoplanets. They're everywhere! And not just planets, but also asteroids, comets, and more....

6. Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:11:00 CDT 2012)

After Kevin was Jacque Blamont of CNES talking about sending balloons to Venus, Mars, and Titan. The principle of flying balloons has been known since 1783 - but they're not a particularly efficient way of carrying a payload around. ...

Description: Europlanet : Up high and down low using H2O

7. Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

(Web Page; Mon Apr 23 02:01:00 CDT 2012)

EDIT: I have now posted a single-image version of the scale asteroids and comets montage for your downloading pleasure. --ESLThe longer I listened to the "great planet debate" last week, the more strongly I felt that if it were up to me,...

Description: Things that probably won't ever be called planets, but maybe they should

8. Russia's Venera-D mission (DPS-EPSC 2011)

(Web Page; Sun Feb 09 18:34:00 CST 2014)

During the afternoon poster session at the Division of Planetary Sciences / European Planetary Science Congress meeting, I had a long talk with Ludmila Zasova (IKI) about Russia's Venera-D mission to Venus. It has been pushed back to 201...

Description: During the afternoon poster session at the Division of Planetary Sciences / European Planetary Science Congress meeting, I had a long talk with Ludmila Zasova (IKI) about Russia's Venera-D mission to Venus.

9. Is there life on Venus? Not in reprocessed Venera-13 images.

(Web Page; Fri Oct 25 09:50:00 CDT 2013)

At the end of last week, a rather sensational article appeared in both the Russian- and English-language sites of the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti. "Life Spotted on Venus - Russian Scientist," ran the English headline; a Google trans...

Description: At the end of last week, a rather sensational article appeared in both the Russian- and English-language sites of the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti. "Life Spotted on Venus - Russian Scientist," ran the English headline; a Google translation of the Russian one goes: "The Soviet probes may have photographed creatures on Venus."

10. A Night To Remember: Celebrating Carl Sagan

(Web Page; Wed Nov 14 12:16:00 CST 2012)

I know you're hearing a lot about this event. Forgive me for adding my own reflections. It was one of the greatest evenings of my professional life. I only wish we had a true video of it to share with you. At least you can hear the t...

Description: On the evening of November 9, which would have been Carl Sagan's 78th birthday, the Planetary Society brought together some of his best friends to share their memories. We were also joined by four young scientists whose career choices were influenced by Car.

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