An animation has been created that shows the many observations of Pluto over the course of several decades, including a digital zoom-in on Pluto as it appeared upon its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 (image courtesy Lowell Observatory Archives), various views of Pluto as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope beginning in the 1990s, and NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. The final sequence zooms in to a close-up frame of Pluto released yesterday.
Did you know that the Lunar and Planetary Institute has a Flickr page? Check out press release images of planets, moons, surface features and more.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is fast approaching its close-up flyby of dwarf planet Pluto, 4.67 billion miles from Earth. The closest approach will occur today, July 14. The resources of the Pluto Toolkit will help you make the most out of this historic event, humankind’s first close up view of this cold, unexplored world in our solar system.
The 2015-2016 Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series season has been announced. Join us beginning in September for five fascinating lectures throughout the series “Exploring the Solar System, Today and Tomorrow.”
Working with the Media Part 3–The American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog completes its series answering scientists’ frequently-asked questions about working with the media. How can scientists avoid common missteps and pitfalls? What is the best way to discuss controversial subjects?
What’s that space rock? This infographic provides a classification of small bodies and stellar objects.
A new NASA supercomputer simulation shows how an exoplanet makes waves. The simulation of the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet’s motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a phenomenon that greatly increases collisions among the orbiting debris. Patterns in the collisions and the resulting dust appear to account for many observed features that previous research has been unable to fully explain.
A poster of Hawaiian volcanoes and two posters of volcanoes of Hawaii and the planets are available for downloading from the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center at the University of Hawaii. These posters illustrate the role Hawaiian volcanoes have in our scientific understanding of planetary volcanology.
The new issue of the Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is now available online. The cover story is “From Mercury to Pluto: Planetary Exploration at APL.”