June 21, 2024
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Solar System

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It's definitely worth keeping an eye on the Sun (figuratively). Although we do not recommend looking at the Sun yourself, it is extremely important for us Earthlings to monitor and understand the Sun's activity. As our star reaches the peak of its activity cycle, the danger of a large solar storm (which has the potential to cause blackouts, disable satellites and wreak other havoc) is now at its highest level in more than a decade. Learn more about solar storms, what we're doing to understand them, and how we might mitigate their effects. Pictured: This split image shows the difference between an active Sun during the April 2014 solar maximum (left) and a quiet Sun during the December 2019 solar minimum (right). Image credit: NASA/SDO.

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Turn your eyes this way! We have a new batch of The best space photos of the past month.. This month features human spaceflight, Jupiter storms, a Martian transit, and more.

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We're watching NASA's budget, and you should too. The Biden Administration published its 2025 Budget Request for NASA on March 11, 2024 and it is not enough. Casey Dreier, head of space policy at the Planetary Society Explain what the budget includes, what is missing, and what you can do to fix it, including registering for our Day of Action to meet with their representatives in Washington, DC and advocate for space.

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Let's talk about books that put “science” in “science fiction!” Andrew Fraknoi, an esteemed astronomer, educator, science communicator, and author, recently joined members of the Planetary Society in an online Q&A to discuss his curated selection of new and classic science fiction tales that adhere to The science. Watch a recording of the event here.

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