Monday was the first day of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and we are going to spend at least the next two weeks sharing as much science as possible. The conference is taking place virtually this year, and of course, Mars is the big focus. Plus icy worlds, volcanic worlds, and exoplanets, and we’re bringing you a little of everything.
Join us for our weekly tour through the local neighborhood! This week we cover how the ice caps on Pluto’s mountains form; we celebrate BepiColombo’s flyby of Venus; and we continue to prep for that Bennu sample. Plus planetary scientist Alan Stern is going to space!
Pluto gets a hot start; Breakthrough Listen makes a catalogue; TESS data yields a very young hot Jupiter
Join us today as we look at New Horizons images of Pluto for evidence of how the planet’s icy ocean formed. We also discuss Breakthrough Listen’s announcement of a new catalogue of “exotic” targets. And finally, we share the news that a very young hot Jupiter close to its star was found in TESS data.