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By jagrier on December 22, 2017 in

We see so many craters from the perspective of a bird, flying directly above. But what are impact craters like from the ground, up close and personal? First of all, it can be hard to identify an impact crater from the ground, even when you are very nearby. This is because we are so used […]

By jagrier on November 17, 2017 in

Here at CosmoQuest we spend a lot of time looking at craters. It is a job that only people can do – not computers (yet, anyway). Scientists have been trying to write programs that will effectively identify and count craters, but they have met with only limited success. As noted, craters are not always perfectly […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on June 16, 2014 in

This week, we’re doing a teacher professional development workshop with 20 Illinois teachers and covering In-Vesta-Gate, our unit on small bodies in the Solar System. In preparation, I’ve been refreshing my knowledge of Vesta, asteroids, and all the lovely tiny bits that make our Solar System such an interesting place to live. First off, I […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on August 27, 2013 in

You all are too good. First comment on the last post not only got the category right, but the exact image as well. Okay, okay, you all are planetary science buffs! Let’s try yet another, and see if you can tell me what planetary surface this is from, and what it is. Is it the […]

By Nicole Gugliucci on August 6, 2013 in

About a month ago I asked you to identify a section of landscape and tell us if it was a place on Earth or elsewhere in the solar system. And you all got it right! Not only that, but the commentors even identified that some kind of flow was responsible, and it was indeed a […]