The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Narrow Angle Camera (LROC NAC) is systematically collecting images, with the ultimate goal of complete coverage of the Moon. Quickmap allows you to quickly sort through all these data. It includes overlays of lunar feature names, locations of featured images, a Wide Angle Camera (WAC) basemap, WAC topography, NACs with Sun angles to enhance surface features and more.
The Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature can help identify a feature on the surface of a planet or satellite so that the feature can be easily located, described, and discussed. This reference contains detailed information about all names of topographic and albedo features on planets and satellites (and some planetary ring and ring-gap systems) that the International Astronomical Union has named and approved from its founding in 1919 through the present time.
The 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, The Woodlands, Texas, March 20–24, 2017. To receive LPSC updates by e-mail, submit an Indication of Interest form by Sunday, November 20. The abstract submission form is scheduled to open on Monday, November 21, and the abstract deadline is January 10, 2017.
The 49th American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will take place December 12 – 16 in San Francisco, CA. Find out all about it online.
In case you missed it, the Cosmic Explorations lecture presented on October 6 by Dr. Paul Spudis, “The Value of the Moon,” is now online.
NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) is planning to host a community workshop at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC on February 27–28 and March 1, 2017. This workshop is meant to provide PSD with a very long-range vision of what planetary science may look like in the future. The workshop is to gather the leading experts in Solar System planetary science and related disciplines, together with experts in space technologies, to identify potential science goals and enabling technologies that can be implemented by the end of the 2040s and would support the next phase of Solar System exploration. Receive e-mail notifications regarding this meeting by submitting an Indication of Interest online.
To a scientist, “crust” is the outermost layer of a planet, but the public may think of “crust” as the edge of a pizza. The American Geophysical Union discusses how to avoid jargon when communicating science and offers a handy reference called “Watch Your Words: Science Vocabulary with Dual Meanings.”
Do you enjoy beautiful astronomical images? Take a look at the Astronomy Picture of the Day website. Each day a different image is featured with an informative caption.