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Asteroids vs comets vs meteorites/meteoroids/meteors

Fri, 01/26/2024 - 10:00
A handy guide to help tease apart the differences between asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids. e
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Twice as nice

Fri, 01/19/2024 - 10:30
Sometimes the Solar System offers up a planetary pair for our viewing enjoyment. Japan has a pair of missions in the news. And the Sun and Moon will pair up to create an eclipse in just 12 weeks.
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Why the true colors of the planets aren't what you think

Fri, 01/19/2024 - 10:00
Cameras on our space probes act as proxies for our own eyes, but what they see isn't necessarily what our eyes would see.
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What is a planetary conjunction?

Thu, 01/18/2024 - 11:55
An explainer on planetary conjunctions, and what it means when a planet is at conjunction or at opposition.
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Casting Shadows: Solar and Lunar Eclipses with The Planetary Society

Tue, 01/16/2024 - 13:15
Announcing the first in a new series of kids books from The Planetary Society and Lerner Publishing Group.
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Destination: Moon

Fri, 01/12/2024 - 10:30
Getting to the Moon — or any moon — isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. That’s why we speak up in support of the hard work that it’ll take to get there.
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Sharing an eclipse with kids

Tue, 01/09/2024 - 15:48
Here's a simple and safe way to observe solar eclipses that's appropriate for young children, with no eclipse glasses or other special equipment needed.
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Online courses

Tue, 01/09/2024 - 12:08
An overview of the online courses available to Planetary Society members.
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Destination: Moon

Fri, 01/05/2024 - 10:30
Getting to the Moon — or any moon — isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. That’s why we speak up in support of the hard work that it’ll take to get there.
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Visions of Venus

Fri, 01/05/2024 - 10:30
See our neighboring planet in radar and in artwork, and catch up on the week’s space news.
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Day of Action 2024 - Participant Information

Wed, 01/03/2024 - 10:00
Information for registered participants of The Planetary Society's 2024 Day of Action.
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Happy Perihelion!

Fri, 12/29/2023 - 10:30
There’s lots to celebrate this week, from the New Year to perihelion and everything we’ve accomplished together during the last orbit.
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How do we see the surface of Venus from space?

Fri, 12/29/2023 - 10:00
Although Venus is shrouded in a thick atmosphere, several spacecraft have been able to image its surface from space. Future missions will expand and refine the maps we already have.
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What are Jupiter’s Galilean moons?

Tue, 12/26/2023 - 10:00
An introduction to Jupiter's moons Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
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Laser pointer + cat = science

Fri, 12/22/2023 - 10:30
Learn why NASA got a cat to chase a laser pointer, see the Uranus system like never before, and catch up on this week’s space news.
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China's plans for outer Solar System exploration

Thu, 12/21/2023 - 10:00
A Callisto impactor, a Uranus flyby, and a dedicated ice giant orbiter could be on China’s planetary exploration horizon.
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How did Earth get its water?

Tue, 12/19/2023 - 10:00
Earth's water may have been on our planet since its formation, or could have been brought here by impactors early in our planet's history. Here's a look at the leading theories about where Earth's water came from.
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Alien clouds and those that peer through them

Fri, 12/15/2023 - 10:30
From mythology to technology, clouds can’t keep us from seeing what lies beneath.
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The year in pictures: 2023

Mon, 12/11/2023 - 09:52
Looking back at 2023 through the eyes of spacecraft.
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Your impact: December solstice 2023

Mon, 12/11/2023 - 09:52
Space advocacy ramps up in Washington.
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