Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.

The Birth of the Modern Universe

Amir Alexander reviews Alan Hirshfeld's newest book,

[email protected] Finds Some Stardust

What’s new at [email protected], the groundbreaking program that asked volunteers to help find interstellar dust particles collected by the spacecraft Stardust.

On writing Infinitesimal

Amir Alexander's new book about an epic battle over a mathematical concept that shook the old order and shaped the world as we know it.

One Man's Quest for SETI's Most Promising Signal

A review of Robert H. Gray's

FINDS: One Step Closer to Faraway Earths

Amir Alexander explains more about the FINDS Exo-Earths project and how it will help planet hunters detect distant Earths in the depths of space.

From the Ground and from Space, New Planetary Systems Unveiled

Two nearly simultaneous announcements by scientists that they have detected entire planetary system deep in space have set the astronomical community abuzz.

Planetary Society Researcher Max Rocca Discovers Largest Impact Crater in South America

It was January of 2004 when the elegant curve of the Vichada first caught the attention of geologist Max Rocca of Buenos Aires. Could the course of the river have been shaped by the circular outlines of an impact crater? Rocca decided to find out.

Astropulse: A Fresh Look at the Skies in Search of E.T.

If you were a member of an alien civilization trying to communicate across the immeasurable distances of space, how would you go about it?

LRO Sends First Images

LRO Sends First Images

LRO Launched to the Moon

LRO Launched to the Moon

Kaguya impact information available to observers

Kaguya impact information available to observers

Early Data from Ibuki

Early Data from Ibuki

SERENDIP Takes a Great Leap Forward

Just when [email protected] is celebrating its 10th anniversary, its older brother, Project SERENDIP, is getting a general makeover.

Kaguya Set to Strike the Moon

Kaguya Set to Strike the Moon

Quake Catcher Network: [email protected] Spinoff Tracks Earth-Shakers

One of the youngest off-springs of [email protected] has been getting a great deal of attention recently. Known as the Quake-Catcher Network (QCN), this distributed computing project makes use of thousands of volunteers' computers to locate and track earthquakes.

From [email protected] to Hominid Fossils: Citizen Cyberscience Reshapes Research Landscape

In the beginning was [email protected], the first large-scale volunteer computing project, launched in 1999 with seed money from The Planetary Society. Within months the project had millions of volunteers around the world joining to form the most powerful computer network ever assembled.

Planetary System Detected Around [email protected] Target Star

A fully formed planetary system, with five different planets of varying sizes and orbits has been found, orbiting a star more than 40 light years away. Significantly, it is the very same star, 55 Cancri, that was one of the chief targets of the [email protected] reobservations at Arecibo in March 2003.

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