Women in planetary science (WPSE 2018)

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The 2017 European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) is currently taking place in Latvia, and includes a programme group about ‘Small bodies’ with several sessions relevant to comets and the Rosetta mission, in particular SB3 ‘What do we know and what don’t we know following the cessation of the operational phase of the Rosetta mission’.

This seems like a good time to point out that the first conference on ‘Women in planetary science and exploration’ WPSE 2018 will take place next February in Toronto. The abstract deadline is 1st November 2017. The aim of the conference is to highlight ‘the achievements of female, non-binary, and female identifying researchers, while offering an opportunity to discuss, challenge, network, and support their peers‘, and students of law, history and commercial space exploitation are also welcome.

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Spring equinox and the Earth’s motion

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Although this has nothing to do with comets, since the tradition in many northern hemisphere countries is that Spring starts with the vernal equinox, here is a video on YouTube that explains the surprisingly complicated orbital motion of the Earth. The video was originally from the Cassiopeia project, which produces videos to explain scientific concepts.

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