Category Archives: planets

Venus stays out in the cold

We basically have a huge generation gap with Venus, and we really need something to launch in the early- to mid-2020s so we can maintain some kind of continuity.” I’m not a planetary scientist, but I’m still disappointed that two … Continue reading

Categories: planets, tectonics

A cross-section through the Earth

One of the first things I do in my introductory geology class is talk about the structure of the Earth. Knowing the names, composition and physical properties of the different layers is an important foundation for the rest of the … Continue reading

Categories: basics, geology, geophysics, planets, teaching

Earthly and Unearthly Beauty

NASA unveiled a couple of rather beautiful things at AGU last week – and despite actually being at the conference, I haven’t really had the time to sit back and appreciate them until now. The first was the ‘Black Marble’, … Continue reading

Categories: climate science, geology, geophysics, photos, planets

One Venus transit – but many kinds of scientific outreach

How more traditional and modern forms of scientific outreach combined effectively in the coverage of Venus’ transit. Continue reading

Categories: planets, public science

Geological maps: still interesting even when there’s only one rock type

The USGS, in collaboration with NASA, have just released a geological map of Jupiter’s ultra-volcanically active moon Io, based on images from the Voyager and Galileo probes. It is a thing of beauty. The sheer variety of different geological units … Continue reading

Categories: geology, planets, volcanoes