Weekly Digest March 14, 2014

Jean ChiarPardon our Dust: Infrared Spectroscopy and Insterstellar Dust
Jean Chiar discusses interstellar dust grains and how they play an important role in the chemistry of the galaxy as well as the star and planet formation process.

Big Picture ScienceBig Picture Science Radio Show: We Heart Robots
The machines are coming! Meet the prototypes of your future robot buddies and discover how you may come to love a hunk of hardware.

sun emerging from begind saturnAccidental beauty: the Sun and Saturn
We saw this posted by our friends at Planetary Society yesterday. A stunning view of the Sun emerging from behind Saturn, on September 15, 2006. The image has not been processed except for calibration.

photo of observatories and milky wayUCLA astronomers discover star racing around black hole at center of our galaxy
UCLA astronomers report the discovery of a remarkable star that orbits the enormous black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy in a blistering 11-and-a-half years.

Pavonis mons craterAstronomy Picture of the Day
What created this unusual hole in Mars? The hole was discovered by chance in 2011 on images of the dusty slopes of Mars' Pavonis Mons volcano taken by the HiRISE instrument aboard the robotic Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently circling Mars.