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The Gemini Planet Imager: Worlds Made Visible

Beta Pictoris b from the Gemini Planet Imager

Air Date: 01/13/2014
Run Time: 31:19

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  • Bruce Macintosh, Gemini Planet Imager Principal Investigator, Lawrence Livermore National Labs and Stanford University
  • Franck Marchis, Exoplanets Research Thrust Chair, SETI Institute

Topics: interview, solar system formation, astronomy, podcasts and videos, extrasolar planets, Chang'E program, Jupiter's moons, planetary astronomy, Planetary Radio, explaining technology, the Moon, explaining science, Planetary Society People, Planetary Society, optical telescopes, Bill Nye

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Principal Investigator and physicist Bruce Macintosh joins astronomer Franck Marchis to celebrate first light from the most powerful instrument for imaging exoplanets. Emily Lakdawalla reveals the polar vortices throughout our solar system. Bill Nye eyes the beautiful new images from China’s lunar rover. Jupiter ascends in Bruce Betts' weekly What’s Up report that also has another Year In Space wall calendar for the winner of the space trivia contest.

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Trivia Contest

This week's prize is the 2014 Year In Space Wall Calendar!

This week's question:
What northern hemisphere constellation is best known for looking like the letter "W" or sometimes "M?"

To submit your answer:
Complete the contest entry form at or write to us at no later than Monday, January 20, at 2pm Pacific Time.  Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Last week's question:
What was the first power tool specifically designed for space use in 1964, according to NASA?

The answer will be revealed next week.

Question from the week before:
Who recorded the first observations that indicated Venus has phases like the Moon?

It was good old Galileo Galilei!


No trivia contest spoilers please!

Chris Campbell: 01/21/2014 10:25 CST

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