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NASA’s Cassini captures defiant clouds on Titan

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected a massive cloud of hydrogen cyanide at Titan's south pole which simply should not be there. NASA’s Cassini captures defiant...Show More Summary

Brown Dwarfs

17 hours agoAcademics / Astronomy : Systemic

The layout of the solar system is at least moderately atypical. There should be roughly four Earth masses worth of planets inside Mercury’s orbit. And Jupiter, with its large mass, its close-to-circular orbit, and its 10+ year period is an oddball at the 10% (and probably more impressive) level. At the start of the 1990s, […]

Quick update about our website

The last two weeks have been extraordinary for The Planetary Society. As amazing as this increased traffic is, it has brought to light some issues with our website including latency and missing content that we are still working on fixing.

Don't Miss This Great New Video About Europa

JPL released a slick new video highlighting the significance of Europa, the moon of Jupiter with more liquid water than the Earth.

Lunar Polar Volatile Puzzle

Deepak Dhingra gives an exciting update from the recent Lunar Exploration and Analysis Group (LEAG) meeting at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU-APL) in Baltimore.

Mars 3-D – A Rover’s-Eye View of the Red Planet

This is a post from Skymania News - Space and astronomy news and advice Mars 3-D. By Jim Bell. Sterling Books. ISBN 978-1-4549-1178-4. £14.99 It’s nearly Christmas time – no, sorry it is, there’s no putting it off any longer – and that...Show More Summary

A Mission to Europa Just Got a Whole Lot More Likely

Rep. John Culberson, an outspoken supporter of Europa exploration, will assume leadership of an influential congressional committee that funds NASA.

Raising Aspirations

This is a difficult post to write. This has been in my head for years (many years) and it will be very long and incoherent so please bear with me. I may regret sharing these personal things with the world but here goes...I've just been crying, uncontrollably, into my lunch. Show More Summary

How NASA Plans to Land Humans on Mars

On the surface, NASA's humans to Mars plans seem vague and disjointed. But that's because the agency is playing the long game. Right now, it may be the only game they can play.

Thor is the Sexiest Man Alive

We at TG find the whole Sexiest Man Alive list is pretty silly, and not just because I’ll never be in it in a million years. We’re not sure who came up with this idea, and normally we wouldn’t write about it in a million years, except this year a Marvel hero made the cover. Show More Summary

The Hunger Games May Make Sequel History

If this story sounds familiar already, like you’ve read this headline before, well we all know that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One will make big bucks when it opens on Friday. The Hollywood Reporter believes it could have theShow More Summary

Curiosity update, sols 782-813: Walking the outcrop at Pahrump Hills

At Pahrump Hills, Curiosity is becoming the field geologist she was intended to be.

Remember Comet Siding Spring? Mars Orbiter Mission got photos, too

A set of photos released by Mars Orbiter Mission last week completes the set of Mars spacecraft observations of the comet. Now we wait for science results!


The landing happened on time just after 16:02 UT today! Philae mission manager Stephan Ulamec said: "Philae is talking to us! The first thing he told us was the harpoons have been fired and rewound. We are sitting on the surface." Those words later turned out not to be true; but we do know at least that Philae survived the landing and is returning good data.

Ep. 355: Maker Space: 3D Printing Exploration

Getting stuff into space is complicated and expensive. And what do you do when your fancy space gadget breaks. You print out a new one, of course, with your fancy space 3D printer. It turns out, space exploration is one of the best uses for this technology.

The Sky This Week - Thursday November 20 to Thursday November 27

The New Moon is Saturday November 22. Mars is easily visible in the early evening and is visited by the crescent Moon on the 26th. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky. Comet C/2102 K1 PanSTARRS is visible in binoculars in the early evening.The New Moon is Saturday November 22. Show More Summary

SmallestOne turns a prime number old

In case you're wondering why I have not been posting on the historic Philae landing on comet 67P, I have been involved in SmallestOne's birthday party. SmallestOne is a prime number old, the sum of the two digits of his age is an even number and a prime number too. There was swimming, trampolining, table tennis and lots of screaming. We will return to astronomy tomorrow

Keeping the Steve Jobs Script a Secret

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Bob Marley to Endorse Official Marijuana

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Lego Batman Will Embrace All Big Screen Incarnations

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