Did you miss Dr. Seth Shostak’s lecture at the LPI on May 7? He discussed the scientific community’s attempts to work with Hollywood in an effort to make movies more scientifically accurate. This presentation was part of the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s 2014–2015 Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series — “Science” on the Silver Screen. It is now available to watch online.
LPI scientist Dr. Paul Schenk shares his thoughts about the upcoming Pluto encounter on his blog Dr. Schenk’s 3-D House of Satellites.
Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2015) to be held on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the NASA Ames Research Center, preceding the NASA Exploration Science Forum. With the expanded interests of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the scope of this year’s LunGradCon is expanded to include both lunar and small bodies science. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar and small body science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for professional development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of SSERVI. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is June 5th 2015, 11:59 PM PDT.
The next SkyFest will take place on International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. There will be hands-on activities and night sky viewing of the Moon. Everyone is welcome and it’s free. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us.
Planetary Maps for Children is a set of maps illustrating the planetary bodies of the Solar System. The maps are available from the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography in Hungarian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Italian, Romani, and English.
The May 2015 edition of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.
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.