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First Planet Discovered in Alpha Centauri System

Bruce Betts • October 17, 2012 • 12

European astronomers have made the first planetary discovery in the closest-to-Earth Alpha Centauri star system. Here is some information about the discovery, and insights from Yale Astronomer Debra Fischer, who leads another Alpha Centauri planet search partially supported by The Planetary Society.

D.C. Visit Update and Member Event Recap

Casey Dreier • October 17, 2012 • 1

During my visit to D.C. to discuss Planetary Exploration funding with key people on the Hill, members of the Planetary Society gathered at George Washington University to hear the latest science results from NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers.

DPS 2012, Tuesday: Titan's surface

Emily Lakdawalla • October 17, 2012 • 4

Tuesday morning at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting featured talks on the surface composition and landforms on Titan, including lakes and "hot cross buns."

DPS 2012, Monday: Icy moons and a four-star exoplanet

Emily Lakdawalla • October 15, 2012 • 1

In the first full day of the annual meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, I listened to scientific sessions on icy worlds and on an exoplanet in a four-star system.

Bringing you the latest science from the 2012 Division of Planetary Sciences meeting

Emily Lakdawalla • October 14, 2012 • 2

I've just arrived in Reno, Nevada for the annual meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Here's an introduction and a few useful links; stay tuned the rest of the week for new science from all over the solar system and beyond.

Write the President to Save Planetary Exploration (FAQ)

Casey Dreier • October 14, 2012 • 9

We've written congress. We've written the budget staffers in the government. Now it's time to reach for the top, and get the President to hear our passion and support for Planetary Exploration.

Book Review: The International Atlas of Mars Exploration, by Phil Stooke

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2012 • 3

I've been waiting for the publication of this book for years. Phil Stooke's International Atlas of Mars Exploration, just published by Cambridge University Press, is an exhaustively awesome labor of love, chronicling the first five decades of Mars exploration in pictures, maps, and facts.

First science reports from Curiosity's APXS and ChemCam: Petrology on Jake Matijevic

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2012 • 16

A Curiosity press briefing yesterday gave some of the first results from ChemCam and APXS on the rock "Jake Matijevic." It was a little too much petrology for most people; I do my best to explain.

Pretty panoramas: Curiosity's scenic views of distant hills

Emily Lakdawalla • October 11, 2012 • 3

The landscapes that surround Curiosity are picture-postcard beautiful.

Astrophotos making the web - the good, the bad and the ugly ...

Daniel Fischer • October 10, 2012 • 2

Space blogger Daniel Fischer writes about the problem of composited astrophotos being distributed through social media channels by people unaware that they are artworks, not documentary photographs.

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