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This Week in Space: More Bad News for Mars

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New Horizons probe (Illustration: NASA) It was a busy week for space news, thanks to the annual meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Planetary scientists no doubt wore out the “Let It Go” selection on the karaoke machine, but only after dropping some exciting new knowledge about our solar system. Show More Summary

UCLA professor proposes simpler way to define what makes a planet

Since the late 1980s, scientists have discovered nearly 5,000 planetary bodies orbiting stars other than the sun. But astronomers are still working on what exactly we should call them. Today at an American Astronomical Society meeting,...Show More Summary

Reporting from the 47th annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting, DPS15

I'll be reporting all week from Washington, D.C. from the 47th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. Expect lots of news from New Horizons, Dawn, Cassini, MAVEN, WISE, and Rosetta missions, not to mention ground-based telescopes, plus a variety of other sources.

An Atmospheric Scientist Explains Why That ‘Mini Ice Age’ News Is Bogus

Last week, a press release from the Royal Astronomical Society caught the British news media’s attention. It quickly spread to American outlets, and soon headlines blared across the Internet announcing the coming of a “mini ice age” in 15 years. Show More Summary

Slide Show: NASA’s Sunstruck Golden Age

Last month, at the two hundred and twenty-fifth annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society, a team of scientists presented a newly assembled Hubble Space Telescope panorama of the Andromeda galaxy, our nearest major galactic neighbor. Show More Summary

Ep. 70: How to Win a Nobel Prize

Just a couple of shows ago, we showed you how to get a career in astronomy. Now that you've got your career in astronomy, obviously the next goal is to win a Nobel prize. We're here at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, which is just one tiny step that a person has to take before you get that Nobel prize. Show More Summary

Episode 40: American Astronomical Society Meeting, May 2007

Once again, Pamela does her duty as an astronomer and joins her colleagues at the American Astronomical Society's meeting, held in May, 2007 on Honolulu, Hawaii. With all that sand, surf and sun, how did anyone get any science done? Pamela tracked down the interesting stories, and brought them back so we could analyze them.

Episode 39: Astrology and UFOs

While Pamela's away at the American Astronomical Society meeting, we brought in a special guest to help debunk some of the pseudoscience that people mistake for astronomy. Dr Steven Novella from the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe gets to the bottom of astrology and UFOs, and why they're not real science.

Episode 20: What We Learned from the American Astronomical Society

It's astronomical society get together time, and we send Pamela to investigate and record. Hear the latest news that will make your text books out of date. Find out where all the dark matter is collecting, the identity of Kepler's supernova, and new insights into the closest, brightest supernova in recent memory.

‘Reactions’ Explains the Carl Sagan Quote ‘We Are Made of Star Stuff’ and How Stars Form the Elements

A recent episode of The American Chemical Society series Reactions explains astronomer Carl Sagan’s famous quote “We are made of star stuff,” by explaining how the different elements on the periodic table are forged by stars, and how those elements came to form us. submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Celestial Snapshots of My Favorite Conjunctions (Op-Ed)

last yearNews : The Newsroom

Victor Rogus is an American amateur astronomer and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in London. This is the 10th in his series of exclusive posts about amateur astronomy. He contributed this article to's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Show More Summary

A Note on the State of Planetary Science

Heidi Hammel, the Chair of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Science, reacts to the recent budget news and the uncertain future for planetary science at NASA.

New Hubble Image Yields Deepest Views Ever of the Universe --Reveals Monster Galaxies 100 Times More Massive than Milky Way

The first of a set of unprecedented, super-deep views of the universe from an ambitious collaborative program called The Frontier Fields is being released today at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C. The long-exposure image...

Astronomers’ bold visions clash with limited budgets

This week, thousands of astronomers will gather outside Washington, DC, for the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). During the meeting, astronomers will share the latest results on everything from exoplanets to cosmology. Show More Summary

Mike Brown: Something's Weird With Kupier Object 2002 UX25

[Mike Brown] gave a presentation of these results at the 2013 meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in October. At this point in the talk I stopped and had the ~100 people in the audience guess what the density of 2002 UX25 was going to be. Show More Summary

The 45th Division for Planetary Sciences meeting, Oct 6-11, 2013

The annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society begins on Sunday and runs for a week in Denver, Colorado. I'll be attending all week, bringing you the latest news from across the solar system.

Working Together - Scientists & Historians, Professionals & Amateurs

From October 6 to 11, two divisions of the American Astronomical Society - Planetary Science and History - are meeting together for a combined annual conference. There will be several opportunities for the public to participate: a free...Show More Summary

50 Years Ago, an Astronomer Discovered the First Unambiguous Exoplanet (or So He Thought)

In April 1963, at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Tucson, Ariz., Peter van de Kamp made what should have been a landmark announcement. By tracking the motion of a dim, nearby star across the night sky, he had uncovered an unseen object tugging ever so slightly on the star and perturbing its [...]

Statement from the AAS on Proposed Elimination of NASA Science Education & Public Outreach Programs

The American Astronomical Society has issued a strongly worded statement against NASA's proposed elimination of its education and public outreach programs, and I agree with it.

American Astronomical Society Criticizes NASA Planetary Science Budget

The AAS made a strong critique of proposed cuts to NASA's Planetary Science program today.

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