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Planetary Evolution: "Phobos and Deimos" online lecture series

A series of online lectures** will be organized by Dan Britt and Carle Pieters throught the fall on the topic of Planetary Evolution: "Phobos and Deimos". Talks will be broadcast online every Monday at 3pm ET at:

(The same link will be used for each seminar, active 30 mins before each talk). All talks will be archived at:

Sept 14: Introduction [discovery, physical properties, orbit...]; D. Britt 
Sept 21: The Age and Cratering History of Phobos; N. Schmedemann 
Sept 28: The Formation & Effects of Stickney Impact on Phobos; K. Ramsley 
Oct 5: The Character and Origin of Phobos' Grooves; J. Murray 
Oct 12: Ambiguity of Compositional Data for Phobos and Deimos; A. Rivkin/R. Klima 
Oct 19: Geology and Geomorphology of Phobos and Deimos; S. Basilevsky 
Oct 26: Origin of Phobos: Capture; J. Burns 
Nov 2: Origin of Phobos: Co-accretion, Big Impact; R. Canup 
Nov 9: Properties of Meteorite Analogues; C. Herd 
Nov 16: Space Weathering and Regolith, Dust; C. Pieters/M. Horanyi 
Nov 23: Microgravity Within Mars' Gravity Well; D. Scheeres 
Nov 30: Phobos-Deimos ISRU; P. Metzer/R. Mueller 
Dec 7: Phobos as an Exploration Destination and Base for Mars Exploration; M. Gernhardt

** NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

CSS Welcomes Dr Damya Souami as Chair, Astronomy



It is with great pleasure that the CSS formally welcomes Dr Damya Souami as the new Session Chair for Astronomy. Dr Souami will be a key national point of contact for members, chapters, partners and the general public for items involving the astronomy profession and pastime. Details regarding her duties can be found here

 About Dr Souami:

Dr. Damya Souami completed her PhD in Celestial Mechanics, with honours, at the University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris 6), France in December, 2012.

 In 2005, she was accepted into the Erasmus exchange programme, which is an exchange programme for European students in European universities. She spent a year in the United Kingdom, at Cardiff University, completing her 3rd year in the joint mathematics and physics programme. There, she had the honour of working with the late Professor Alexei Lvovich Ivanov (1957-2010), who is the "the greatest scientist"that she has had the opportunity to work with.  Professor Ivanov supervised her B.Sc. thesis entitled,"The Weak and Strong Coupling Limits in Light-Matter Interaction, Polaritons". 

New Video Reveals the JWST's Canadian 'Dynamic Duo'

A "Dynamic Duo" from Canada is the latest topic of the "Behind the Webb" series of videos, which goes behind the scenes to highlight technology in NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.


The dynamic duo is actually a combination instrument consisting of the Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) and the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS) science instrument.  Read more at Space Daily.  View the video at

WISE Mission Finds First Trojan Asteroid Sharing Earth Orbit

Astronomers studying observations taken by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission have discovered the first known "Trojan" asteroid orbiting the sun along with Earth.

Trojans are asteroids that share an orbit with a planet near stable points in front of or behind the planet. Because they constantly lead or follow in the same orbit as the planet, they never can collide with it. In our solar system, Trojans also share orbits with Neptune, Mars and Jupiter. Two of Saturn's moons share orbits with Trojans.  Read more at Space Daily.


Be sure to check out the animation of the asteroid's orbit produced by Paul Wiegert of the University of Western Ontario!


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