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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 5: Venus (cont.), Mars

Lecture 5 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Venus (continued: surface landers, exploration), and Mars (characteristics, many types of geologic features, poles, exploration spacecraft: flyby, orbiters, and landers/rovers). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Asteroid Astronomy with Andy Rivkin

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Emily and Andy talked about the menagerie of rocks in the asteroid belt, how many of them travel in pairs and triples, how some of them are surprisingly wet, and how much you can learn about asteroids using Earth-based telescopes.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 4: Mercury, Venus-Earth-Mars Atmospheres, Venus

Lecture 4 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Mercury (characteristics, geology, core, exploration, water ice at poles), the Terrestrial Planet Atmospheres/Triad Planets -- a comparison of Venus, Earth, and Mars and why their atmospheres are so different, including discussions of the Greenhouse Effect, temperature systems (Kelvins, Celsius, Fahrenheit), and plate tectonics; and Venus (characteristics, geologic evolution, exploration). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 3: Telescopes, the Moon

Lecture 3 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers optical, radio, and space telescopes, the history, exploration, and importance of the Moon to our Solar System understanding, as well as impact cratering, lunar tides, phases, and solar eclipses. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Planetcast Webcast: Asteroid 2012 DA 14 AND the Meteor Airburst

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  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Jaime Nomen, astronomer, Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra (La Sagra Observatory)

Watch the recording of our popular webcast about these two historic events, featuring Bill Nye and Bruce Betts.

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Planetary Society Hangout with Emily Lakdawalla and Courtney Dressing: nearby exoplanets

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  • Courtney Dressing, Student Astronaut, The Planetary Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Emily Lakdawalla and Courtney Dressing to talk about just how common Earth-sized exoplanets may be in our neighborhood.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 2: How We Explore Space

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Lecture 2 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers easy things to see in the night sky without a telescope, and the electromagnetic spectrum (from gamma rays to visible to radio waves) -- what it is, and how and why we use different wavelength regions to explore planets and even learn their compositions. The class starts with guest Mat Kaplan, Media Producer for The Planetary Society and Bruce and Mat record a What's Up segment for Planetary Radio. Filmed at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Feb 7th, 2013 - Snow on Mars and the future of Planetary Science with Paul Hayne

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  • Paul Hayne, Research Scientist, JPL
  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society

This week our guest is Dr. Paul Hayne from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Hayne studies snow and ice on Mars, extreme temperatures of the Moon, is a science collaborator on the Cassini mission. He also founded the group Young Scientists for Planetary Exploration to help organize early-career scientists to be aware of the politics of space.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 1: Tour of the Solar System

Take a tour of the Solar System in class 1 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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