On October 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring will fly very close to Mars. Here’s a 5 minute video introduction to get you up to speed on this planetary near miss, and some suggestions on how to find out more now, during, and after the encounter.
- Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
- Ellen Stofan, Cassini Radar Team
- Bob Pappalardo, Principal Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society
The entire video of The Planetary Society's special Washington, D.C. event, The Lure of Europa. Featuring Bill Nye, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, JPL Europa Scientist Robert Pappalardo, House Science Chairman Lamar Smith, Rep. John Culberson, and Rep. Adam Schiff.
Lecture 13 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers galaxies (our place in the Milky Way, types of galaxies, Hubble Deep Field), the Universe (determining distances, expansion of the universe, Big Bang theory and evolution of the universe, WMAP and Planck results, dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos), and life in the universe (Earth life requirements, astrobiology, SETI). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Lecture 12 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Sun (physical characteristics, zones, solar cycle, sunspots, flares, coronal mass ejections, fusion, etc.) and Stars and Stellar Evolution (star types and colors, evolution, HR Diagrams, birth and death phases, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
In 2016, The Planetary Society’s LightSail program will take the technology a step further.