September 16, 2019
News & Events
— September 18, 2019

EPSC 2020 in the Heart of Granada The European Planetary Science Congress 2020 will take place in Granada, Spain from 27 September – 2 October 2020.. Many thanks to the Local Organising Committee for sharing this video with us. We hope to see you there!


— September 18, 2019

Comet’s collapsing cliffs and bouncing boulders  Scientists analysing the treasure trove of images taken by ESA’s Rosetta mission have turned up more evidence for curious bouncing boulders and dramatic cliff collapses. Rosetta operated at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko between August 2014 and September 2016, collecting data on the comet’s dust, gas and plasma environment, its surface characteristics […]


— September 18, 2019

AIDA collaboration highlights case for planetary defence Surprising results from recent asteroid missions have highlighted the importance of testing planetary defence strategies in space, according to scientists participating in the joint ESA/NASA Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) collaboration. The unexpectedly large crater on asteroid Ryugu created by the JAXA Hayabysa2 impactor, together with the sand-like […]


— September 18, 2019

Wednesday 18th September, 12:15-13:15 CEST (10:15-11:15 UTC / 06:15-07:15 EDT)Future mission updates Patrick Michel (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, CNRS) – Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) science update Nancy Chabot (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab) – NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission Michael Küppers (European Space Astronomy Centre (ESA/ESAC) – Hera mission Colin Wilson […]


— September 17, 2019

Citizen science starts to reveal Lucy mission target, Orus Observations made with a telescope designed for citizen science has taken the first step in providing detailed information on a target asteroid for NASA’s Lucy mission. The findings were presented today at the EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019 in Geneva by Dr Franck Marchis of the SETI […]


— September 17, 2019

‘Snow-cannon’ Enceladus shines up Saturn’s super-reflector moons Radar observations of Saturn’s moons, Mimas, Enceladus and Tethys, show that Enceladus is acting as a ‘snow-cannon’, coating itself and its neighbours with fresh water-ice particles to make them dazzlingly reflective. The extreme radar brightness also points to the presence of ‘boomerang’ structures beneath the surface that boost […]


— September 17, 2019

Is huge volcano on Jupiter’s moon Io about to erupt this month? Volcanic eruptions are difficult to predict, but observations have shown the largest and most powerful volcano on Io, a large moon of Jupiter, has been erupting on a relatively regular schedule. The volcano Loki is expected to erupt in mid-September, 2019, according to […]


— September 16, 2019

Age-old debate on Saturn’s rings reignited A team of researchers has reignited the debate about the age of Saturn’s rings with a study that dates the rings as most likely to have formed early in the Solar System.  In a paper published today in Nature Astronomy and presented at the EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019 in […]


— September 16, 2019

3D models of Mars to aid Rosalind Franklin rover in her quest for ancient life Scientists at TU Dortmund University have generated high-accuracy 3D models of terrain within the landing ellipse of the ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars rover, Rosalind Franklin. The Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) have a resolution of about 25 cm per pixel and will help […]


— September 16, 2019

2019 Farinella Prize Awarded to Scott Sheppard and Chad Trujillo Prof Scott S. Sheppard, an American astronomer working at The Carnegie Institution for Science of Washington, and Prof Chad Trujillo, an American scientist working at Northern Arizona University, have been awarded jointly the 2019 Paolo Farinella Prize for their outstanding collaborative work for the observational […]


— September 16, 2019

ARIEL exoplanet mission celebrates machine learning challenge and citizen science launch ARIEL, an ESA mission to make the first large-scale survey of exoplanet atmospheres, has announced the winners of its first international Machine Learning Data Challenge and has launched a new project, ExoClocks, aimed at amateur astronomers and citizen scientists. The winners of the Data […]


— September 16, 2019

Stony-iron meteor caused August impact flash at Jupiter Analysis of a bright flash in Jupiter’s atmosphere observed by an amateur astronomer in August 2019 has revealed that the likely cause was a small asteroid with a density typical of stony-iron meteors. The impact is estimated to have released energy equivalent to an explosion of 240 […]


— September 16, 2019

North polar dunes on Mars Dunes come in various characteristic shapes on Mars just as on Earth, providing clues about the prevailing wind direction. Monitoring them over time also gives us a natural laboratory to study how dunes evolve, and how sediments in general are transported around the planet. During winter in the polar regions, […]


— September 12, 2019

EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019, 15-20 September, Geneva – Details of Media Briefings Live streams of all press briefings can be accessed at:https://www.europlanet-society.org/livestream-of-press-briefings-at-epsc-dps-2019/ Submit questions during the briefing via the YouTube chat window, via Twitter @europlanetmedia #EPSCDPS2019, or email epsc-dps-press@europlanet-society.org. The 2019 Joint Meeting (www.epsc-dps2019.eu) of the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) of the Europlanet Society […]


— September 12, 2019

Inspiring Stories – Sharing Science through Social Media Talking to young people in their own language. In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Jan Lukačevič from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Czech Academy of Science tells us how to reach out to a young generation with science through social media! In previous Inspiring Stories we […]


— September 2, 2019

EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019 Early Career Programme The EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019 will have a packed programme of Early Career events organised by EPEC, the Europlanet Society’s Early Career Network. All EPEC events are free of charge, and no registration is required, except where explicitly mentioned. Please note that no lunch is served at the […]