Imagining Planets

Big Picture Science Radio Show - Imagining Planets

Get to know your planetary neighbors. Dive into a mountain lake and trek though the driest desert on Earth with a scientist who’s had not one but two near-death experiences in these extreme environments as she endeavors to learn more about Mars. Lead scientists on the New Horizons mission remember why the nail-biting Pluto flyby almost failed at the last minute. And from Earth-like planets to super Earths and water worlds: a tour of some of Kepler’s most intriguing extrasolar planets.
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Previously Featured

kepler
Could space aliens on hefty super-Earths be trapped by their own gravity?
New paper argues that some extraterrestrials may be struggling to make it off their planets.
May 11, 2018
nova wonder
Are We Alone? PBS’s NOVA Wonders.
On Wednesday, May 9, PBS’s NOVA Wonders will explore humanity’s quest to answer this question.
May 09, 2018
where in the worlds
Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? Apr 23 - 29, 2018
A roundup of what's happening at the SETI Institute
April 23, 2018
explorer
Delve into a Year of Discovery with Explorer
The new issue of Explorer Magazine highlights some of the groundbreaking work that happens at the SETI Institute every day.
May 03, 2018
comets
Comets in the path of Earth
When comets streak across the sky over weeks and months, they make the news. Where do they come from? Where are they going? Could they crash into Earth?
May 03, 2018
saturns rings
New Film In Saturn’s Rings Is Unique Tour of the Universe
In Saturn’s Rings is new documentary film uses millions of images of Earth, the Milky Way and the Moon that were captured by Hubble, Cassini and other NASA space telescopes to offer a grand tour of the universe.
May 03, 2018

News and Announcements

  We're hiring: Research Assistant
  We're hiring: Director of Education
The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to the development of MapX, a micro-pore optics X-ray spectro-imager designed to image mineral samples in X-ray.
  We're hiring: Kepler/K2 Support Scientist
NASA’s K2 mission delivers high-precision space-borne photometry which enables ground-breaking science in all areas of astrophysics, including exoplanet science, stellar astrophysics, extragalactic physics, and solar system science.
  Geminids Meteor shower Dec. 12 -15, 2017
The Geminids should be visible from December 12-15, peaking on the 13th. Additionally, on December 16, the asteroid Phaeton will pass so close to Earth that it will be possible to see it moving between stars.
  CAMS detected unexpected meteor activity from alpha Monocerotids in Nov 2017
  Seeing Pluto With Your Own Eyes From Your Backyard With Unistellar's eVscope
One of the biggest challenges in popular astronomy is finding specific objects in the night sky. Most nebulae, galaxies, and asteroids are invisible to the naked eye, and locating them in the immense vastness of space has frustrated people for centuries.
  POTENTIAL NEW METEOR SHOWER FROM COMET C/2015 D4 (BORISOV)
Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen report that the dust trail of 700-year comet Borisov, who just passed perihelion in 2014, will be in the Earth's path on 2017 July 29 at 00:22 UT.
  FDL Call for Applications - Planetary Science
The 2017 8-week program is still accepting qualified participants and will run June 26 - August 18, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the closing date of the 19th of May.
  FDL Call for Applications - Data Science
The 2017 8-week program is still accepting qualified participants and will run June 26 - August 18, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the closing date of the 19th of May.
  Moonlet of Saturn, Pan
Everyone has been talking about this new image from Cassini showing a close up of the Saturn moonlet Pan – stunning!

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