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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 10: Trans Neptunian Objects including Pluto, KBOs, Comets

Lecture 10 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Transneptunian Objects (TNOs) including the Pluto System, Eris, Kuiper Belt Objects, Comets, and the Oort Cloud, and also covers the solar wind, aurorae, and the heliosphere. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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2013 Planetary Defense Conference--Part 2: Meteorite Man Geoffrey Notkin

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The 2013 PDC public event welcomes the co-star of the Science Channel's popular reality show to the Northern Arizona University stage.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: The Ice Giants, with Heidi Hammel

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  • Heidi Hammel, Vice President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

My guest was Planetary Society Board vice president Heidi Hammel. We discussed two planets near and dear to our hearts, Neptune and Uranus. What's new on these icy worlds since Voyager 2 passed by, and what are the prospects for their future exploration?

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2014 NASA Budget Hangout: Initial Reactions

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  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

We take questions and analyze the White House's 2014 NASA budget proposal.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 9: Uranus and Neptune Systems, and Trans Neptunian Object Discovery

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  • Mike Brown, Planetary Astronomer, California Institute of Technology

Lecture 9 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course starts with guest Dr. Mike Brown of Caltech, discoverer of Trans Neptunian Objects, then covers the Uranian and Neptunian systems including atmospheres, interiors, rings, and moons including Triton. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Programming in the Sciences

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Should all scientists be required to get formal training in computer science? Should they release their code as open-source software to the public? We talk with Chase Million, founder of Million Concepts, which provides scientific programming contracting to research scientists.

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Bill Nye Celebrates a Major Political Victory for the Planetary Society

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The President signed a spending bill that includes an extra $223 million for Planetary Science at NASA in 2013, restoring almost the entire proposed cut for this productive, successful program.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Reports from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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Emily Lakdawalla reports from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and Casey Dreier reports on great news for Planetary Science funding at NASA.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 8: Icy Galilean Satellites, Saturn System

Lecture 8 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Icy Galilean Satellites (Europa, Ganymede, Callisto) of Jupiter, and the Saturnian System including atmosphere, interior, rings, and moons including Enceladus and Titan. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 7: Asteroid Belt, Jupiter System

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  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab

Lecture 7 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers asteroid hunting from space with Dr. Amy Mainzer (JPL), NEOWISE principal investigator, in addition to covering the Asteroid Belt (characteristics, asteroids visited, meteorites), and the Jupiter system (planet, atmosphere and interior, magnetosphere, aurora, ring, moons including Io; icy Galilean satellites will be covered next week). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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