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A second Sedna! What does it mean?

2012 VP113 is a new world that has been discovered on a Sedna-like orbit. What does that mean? It could imply the existence of a planet X, but doesn't prove it. It does suggest that a lot more Sednas are waiting to be discovered.

Snapshots of Science from the 2014 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Vignettes from dozens of LPSC talks: GRAIL and LADEE at the Moon; ice and craters and conglomerates and organics and gullies on Mars; polar deposits and volatile elements on Mercury; tectonics on Enceladus; and more, until my brain was so full I could barely speak.

Are you interested in changing the world? Jobs open at The Planetary Society

You may have heard or read that the Planetary Society recently received the largest gift in its history. It will revolutionize the Society. In the next few weeks will be able to hire a number of new people, who will help us realize our potential and, as I so often remark, change the world.

Detecting Spacetime Distortions

Katie Mack explains why the BICEP2 detection of primordial gravitational waves has left astrophysicists at a loss for words.

Comet Siding Spring Mars encounter: Ya gotta have a little ‘tude

In the latest update on how the Mars Express flight control team is planning to deal with Comet Siding Spring is all about attitude -- and hiding behind the biggest guy in the fight.

Further Analysis of NASA's FY15 Budget Proposal: Steady As She Goes?

The President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget details were released last week. For the next several years, the budget proposes a steady as she goes plan, but with two “what are they thinking?” surprises.

The FY2015 Proposed Budget

The President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget details were released this week. For the next several years, the budget proposes a steady as she goes plan, but with two “what are they thinking?” surprises.

Calling Congress Is Easy

Calling your senators and representatives about NASA's budget isn't that bad. In fact, I just took 15 minutes out of my day to do it! If you're not sure what to say to support planetary exploration, I hope you'll be inspired by what I've transcribed from my phone call this afternoon.

LPSC 2014: Water on...Vesta?

At the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Jennifer Scully discussed possible water-carved gullies in an unusual location: within craters on Vesta. Water-carved gullies on Mars I can accept; but on an airless lumpy body? I was intrigued.

Intro Astronomy Class 7: Near Earth Asteroids and the Jupiter System

Examine the threat of near Earth asteroids and begin exploring the Jupiter System in this video of class 7 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

Shining Up A Telescope

A 0.81m telescope in northern Italy is well on its way to being wide eyed and shiny thanks to a 2013 Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant, which will enable it to make better near Earth object observations to help protect our planet from asteroid impact.

ICE/ISEE-3 update: Amateurs detect its signal while professionals study contacting it

Since the last time I reported on ICE/ISEE-3, there have been several developments. Its signal has been detected by several Earth-based observers, and there is now some (though slight) hope of reestablishing command over the spacecr...

LPSC 2014: Plate tectonics on another world: Europa

Simon Kattenhorn and Louise Prockter may finally have found subduction zones on Europa, which would it the only other place in the solar system besides Earth that is known to have active plate tectonics.

The 2015 Planetary Science Budget Situation - A Short Presentation

I gave a talk at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this year where I summarized the planetary budget situation. Here is that talk.

Moonwalking

Get an astronaut's view into several lunar craters.

Curiosity update, sols 563-569: Kimberley ahoy!

With a series of drives over the last week, Curiosity is now approaching her next science stop at Kimberley. The distinctive knobs of the Kimberley outcrop are visible in photos taken on sol 569.

Titan's lakes: The basics

Since Seth MacFarlane tweeted that this weekend's episode of Cosmos was going to include a segment on lakes on Titan, I thought I'd write a post explaining the basics of Titan lakes.

Shivering in Paradise: An Alaskan Aurora Adventure

Mat Kaplan checks an item off his bucket list: Seeing the aurora in Alaska.

Intro Astronomy Class 6: Mars (continued) and Asteroids

Continue exploring Mars and learn about asteroids in this video of class 6 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

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