JPL PlanetQuest’s New Worlds Atlas is a searchable database of exoplanets. Searches can be done by keyword or by specifying the planet system, planet type, and/or detection method. According to current planet counts, there have been over 5400 exoplanet discoveries and over 1800 confirmed exoplanets.
In celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary, NASA presents a new e-book, “Hubble 25: A Quarter-Century of Discovery with the Hubble Space Telescope.”
Check out our meetings calendar for information about recent and upcoming planetary science meetings.
The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) provides a wide range of astronomical data and products, and serves as the official source of time for the United States Department of Defense and a standard of time for the entire country. The USNO provides a number of online data services (daily Sun and Moon data, dates of primary phases of the Moon, etc.) and astronomical reference material and publications.
Here is a four-minute video featuring simulations of the MESSENGER spacecraft in flight along with real images the spacecraft captured.
Applications are being accepted now for 2015 fall session NASA internships. NASA internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and educators. Internships can be full or part-time, conducted at a NASA facility, contractor facility, or anywhere activities are ongoing to advance NASA’s missions. Mentors can be civil servants, contractors, or faculty conducting activities directly related to NASA’s unique assets and ongoing mission activities. The deadline to apply is May 31.
Here are some viewing tips and a schedule of upcoming events to help you enjoy the meteor showers of 2015.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Flickr page contains an album of Mars comparisons, a collection of visuals that show size relationships of Mars and its prominent geographical features; many are compared to the size of countries and US states.
NASA unveiled the official image for the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th Anniversary featuring a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2. This image was released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990.
Today, April 22, is Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, the event is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Their year-round mission is to ”broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.” Find out more online.