Planetary Science Classroom PowerPoints

These look like great educational resources from the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Sciences for introducing students to recent discoveries in the planetary science. Check them out here.

The DPS Education Subcommittee announces the 2nd release of "Discoveries in Planetary Science" Classroom Powerpoints, covering six
new topics:
- Discovery of a Rocky Exoplanet
- Lunar Water
- Jupiter Impact Event
- Oceans on Enceladus
- The TC3 Meteorite
- 2012 Doomsday Rumors

These are succinct summaries of discoveries too recent to appear in "Intro Astronomy" college textbooks; each set consists of just three slides to be shown: the discovery itself, a basic explanation based on good planetary science, and the "big picture" context. Another page for further information is provided as well. Powerpoints and PDFs can be downloaded from

Feedback from the community on how these slide sets are used and received is welcomed, and will be used to improve future releases. Planetary scientists with recent or upcoming results of broad interest are encouraged to submit them for consideration by providing an initial draft using the template provided on the website.

For more information, contact

Nick Schneider and Dave Brain


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