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First Pluto Maps with Names

Some of the results of the public naming campaign for Pluto are already showing up on maps.
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  • Some of the results of the public naming campaign for Pluto are already showing up on maps.
  • jenniskens meteor
    An amateur has discovered a trove of meteorites on Misfits Flat dry lake in Nevada. No meteorites had been found at this tiny lakebed before. In an unusual twist, at least some of those turn out to have fallen less than 300 years ago.
    jenniskens meteor
  • Kepler 452b
    SETI Institute scientists Douglas Caldwell, Jeffrey Coughlin and Joseph Twicken discuss the Kepler team's catalog of new planets, including Kepler 452b. Hosted by SETI Institute Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research Seth Shostak.
    Kepler 452b
  • Pluto
    It made it. At 4:49 am Pacific Time, July 14, the New Horizons spacecraft slid by Pluto’s mottled orb and headed deeper into the voids of the solar system. The flyby’s closest approach lasted only three minutes.
  • The public is weighing in on the names that will annotate maps of a world no one has ever seen. As the New Horizons spacecraft closes in on Pluto and its moons, a campaign to solicit suggestions from the public, initiated by SETI Institute senior research scientist Mark Showalter, has provoked a torrent of imaginative labels for major features.
  • New Horizons
    The SETI Institute is deeply involved with the New Horizons mission to Pluto, and several of our scientists are awaiting results that could truly revolutionize understanding of the solar system’s early history.
    New Horizons
  • Styx with Mark Showalter
    SETI Institute Senior research scientist Mark Showalter, who discovered Pluto’s Styx in 2012, was “over the moon” to meet the rock and roll version of Styx, noting he’s a longtime fan of the band.
    Styx with Mark Showalter
  • sofia pluto
    NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy observed Pluto as it crosses a distant star today, June 29 (Pacific Time).
    sofia pluto
  • year of pluto
    The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the dwarf planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.
    year of pluto
  • Janice Bishop
    The Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest science research organization, has bestowed its International Fellow Award on SETI Institute Senior Research Scientist, Janice Bishop.
    Janice Bishop

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