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Emily LakdawallaAugust 14, 2009

A week of Tweets (14 August 2009)

Here's what I've been nattering about on Twitter this week. If you'd like to see these in real time, Follow me at Twitter. A word on some Twitter conventions: "RT" means "Retweet" -- I'm repeating something that somebody else said. And anything preceded by an "@" symbol is the username of someone else on Twitter (this week I took special note of Eris discoverer Mike Brown's Twitter handle, which is "plutokiller". Ouch!) Twitter is a microblogging service that limits updates to 140 characters in length.

Next week rover engineers will begin long-duration experiment to test plan to extricate Spirit from Troy: #FreeSpirit
riday, August 14, 2009 9:07 AM

And here's a page from Daniel Muller that uses the Solar System Simulator to show what Voyager could see 20 years ago:
riday, August 14, 2009 8:19 AM

We're coming up on the 20th anniversary of Voyager at Neptune! Here's a cool flyby animation via Ian Regan:
riday, August 14, 2009 8:17 AM

It took me 2.5 days to round up all the great professional and amateur pics of the Jupiter impact -- I'm finally done:
hursday, August 13, 2009 11:50 AM

A good AP article on asteroid threat: The Planetary Society's take:
ednesday, August 12, 2009 6:51 PM

Holy skinny ring system shadow! Some frames from a massive Saturn equinox mosaic have shown up at the CICLOPS site:
ednesday, August 12, 2009 6:31 PM

@plutokiller Awesome Twitter handle, Mike. [Mike replied to me: "@elakdawalla I couldn't resist. Should have. But couldn't...."]
ednesday, August 12, 2009 1:31 PM

Look ma, no rings! A photo of Saturn at equinox from an amateur:
ednesday, August 12, 2009 12:55 PM

Does this mean LCROSS is "livin' on a prayer?" :) RT @LCROSS_NASA: "Whooah, we're half way there." Mission Day 56. 58 days to impact.
ednesday, August 12, 2009 10:02 AM

@marsroverdriver If you have to serve on a jury this week, I'll be glad to sub for you as a rover driver! :)
ednesday, August 12, 2009 9:52 AM

Neato: Astronomers find a wrong-way, extra-puffy exoplanet that "tells of game of planetary billiards":
ednesday, August 12, 2009 9:48 AM

Some new raw images are showing up on the Cassini website from August 10, just before equinox: (hat tip to John Spencer)
uesday, August 11, 2009 2:37 PM

@apollo18 @mankoff The reason Perseids are best at 9-11ish tonight is because moon rises at ~10:30 and ruins night vision.
uesday, August 11, 2009 12:18 PM

RT @marsroverdriver: In testbed to #FreeSpirit today. Running wheels slowly to see if that increases traction.
onday, August 10, 2009 8:14 PM

RT @HubblePAO: Hubble engineers are encouraged by the recent restart attempt of NICMOS.
onday, August 10, 2009 3:00 PM

"Have I ever seen a moonbow?" I hadn't even heard of the phenomenon until now! What gorgeous images and video!
onday, August 10, 2009 1:05 PM

T @BadAstronomer: Holy planetary catastrophe! Spitzer detects aftermath of *colliding planets*!
onday, August 10, 2009 12:35 PM

on't forget the Perseids peak on August 11-12; best bet to spot them is 9-11 pm your local time Aug 11. See for more.
onday, August 10, 2009 8:26 AM

T @NewHorizons2015: Tracking says we need a small course correction next year. Just 0.5 m/s but without it, we'd miss Pluto by ~80k km.
unday, August 9, 2009 8:06 AM

T @jeroen_61 Tonight Jupiter and Moon are close
riday, August 7, 2009 6:25 PM

T @HiRISE Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is in "safe mode" Hopefully return to normal imaging Monday.
riday, August 7, 2009 3:31 PM

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