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with Bruce Betts

Our resident planetary scientist and director of projects keeps you up-to-date on our exciting sci-tech projects, while dropping the occasional Random Space Fact.

How to See the 2019 Mercury Transit

Bruce Betts • November 07, 2019

A rare transit of Mercury across the Sun occurs 11 November 2019. Here’s a guide to when and how to observe Mercury's small disk crossing the Sun.

The Planetary Society Announces 2019 Call for Proposals for Shoemaker NEO Grant Program

Bruce Betts • April 29, 2019

Our grants fund amateur observers, underfunded professional observers, and observers in developing countries who make vital contributions to NEO research.

Your Guide to the Total Lunar Eclipse on 20 January

Bruce Betts • January 17, 2019 • 2

The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, the eastern Pacific Ocean, the western Atlantic Ocean, Europe, and western Africa.

A Busy Summer

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2018

Bruce Betts reports on LightSail 2’s status and looks to the future of solar sailing.

Go Out and See the Geminid Meteor Shower

Bruce Betts • December 13, 2018

The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks tonight, is usually the best meteor shower of the year,

Book Announcement and Excerpt: Astronomy for Kids

Bruce Betts • October 13, 2018 • 1

For Astronomy Day, Bruce announces his new book Astronomy for Kids, provides excerpts, and gives some bonus planet observing info.

NASA Then & Now

Bruce Betts • October 02, 2018 • 2

A collection of before and after slider images showing how views of planets in our solar system have changed over the years since NASA was created.

See Mars at its closest in 15 years—and maybe a lunar eclipse

Bruce Betts • July 23, 2018

Later this week, Mars will be closer and brighter than it has been since 2003. And about half the Earth will see a lunar eclipse!

Will an Asteroid Hit Earth? Your Questions Answered.

Bruce Betts • June 26, 2018 • 1

The Planetary Society presents a list of Frequent Asteroid Questions (FAQs).

A Planetary Vacuum Successfully Takes a Rocket Ride

Bruce Betts • June 07, 2018

Rocket science met planetary science in the California desert when PlanetVac, a new planetary surface sampling technique, was successfully tested on a Xodiac rocket.

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