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Lots of people said lots of interesting things during the anniversary celebration for Caltech’s planetary science department.
NASA is looking for a new mission for the damaged Kepler space telescope. Here are some ideas.
The International Astronomical Union wants you to name a planet! While you ponder what to submit as a planet name, read on to learn the history and politics that led to this exciting opportunity.
Another day, another fight over the future of America’s space agency. The House and the Senate can’t agree about asteroid retrieval, science funding, and much else.
Highlights from the International Astronomical Union Symposium on “Exploring the Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems”.
Join us for day two of live blogging the Communicating Science Workshop!
We will be live blogging as we learn how to communicate science better!
This paper describes the detection of transits for a planet previously identified via radial velocities (RVs). Measuring the properties of the planet with both the transit and RV method allows the authors to determine the density, which suggests it should have a lot of volatiles (e.g. H2O, CO2, etc). This discovery is particularly exciting because the planet orbits a bright, nearby star: ideal for follow-up observations to characterize its atmosphere!
Although the reaction wheel failure incapacitates the telescope, we are still finding new Earth-sized planets in the plethora of existing data.