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Tag: planetary geology

Venus

Sep 18, 2020

Why Phosphine in Venus’ Clouds is a Big Deal

Paul Byrne explains why finding phosphine gas on Venus is important, and where we go from here. 

Caloris Basin on Mercury

Dec 16, 2019

Mercury’s Volcanic Activity – or Lack of it – Could Help Us Find Other Earth-like Worlds

If you wanted to narrow down the search for Earth-like worlds in a vast universe, how might you go about it? Planetary Geologist Paul Byrne says looking for volcanic activity is a good start. 

On June 5-6, 2012, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory collected images of one of the rarest predictable solar events: the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. NASA/SDO, AIA

Aug 23, 2019

Why We Need to Get Back to Venus

Paul Byrne explains why we need to get back to our cosmic neighbor. 

Venus

Jul 1, 2019

Podcast: Planetary Geology Part 2

Planetary geologist Paul Byrne talks about Venus, what can happen when the sun gets hotter, and what planets need to be habitable. 

Jun 4, 2019

Podcast: Planetary Geology, Part 1

Paul Byrne explains how tectonic, volcanic and impact processes shape planetary surfaces - and what they can teach us about both distant worlds and our own. 

silhouette of Uranus

Apr 2, 2019

What Does Uranus Sound Like?

What would it sound like if you were on Uranus? Windy. (Seriously.) 

Artist’s depiction of a moon base with a view of Earth in the distance. Pavel Chagochkin/Shutterstock.com

Mar 5, 2019

Mining the Moon

Utilizing the moon's resources could help make solar system exploration more economical. 

Jul 13, 2017

Geology Graduate Student Wins NASA Fellowship

Graduate student Corbin Kling recently won a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for his planetary geology research. 

Aug 5, 2016

Most Volcanic Activity on Mercury Stopped About 3.5 Billion Years Ago

NC State planetary geologist finds that major volcanic activity on the planet Mercury most likely ended about 3.5 billion years ago.