Planetary Journal Club

The Planetary Journal Club is a Friday lunch seminar where we informally discuss recently published papers on a planetary topic. So bring your lunch and listen to what’s new in the literature. For more information or to sign up for the mailing list please contact Nicole Albers (

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Fridays 12:00-12:30
Nicole Albers (firstname.lastname ‘at’

Spring 2013


08 Nicole Albers A new method to determine the grain size of planetary regolith
Gundlach and Blum (2013), A new method to determine the grain size of planetary regolith, Icarus, 223, pages 479-492 [doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2012.11.039]
15 Glen Stewart The formation of regular satellites from a massive ring
Crida and Charnoz (2012), Formation of Regular Satellites from Ancient Massive Rings in the Solar System, Science, 338, pages 1196-1199 [doi:10.1126/science.1226477]
22 Emma Marcucci Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission: First Results
Zuber et al. (2012), Gravity Field of the Moon from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Mission, Science, 339, pages 668-671 [doi:10.1126/science.1231507]
Wieczorek et al. (2012), The Crust of the Moon as Seen by GRAIL, Science, 339, pages 671-675 [doi:10.1126/science.1231530]
Andrews-Hanna (2012), Ancient Igneous Intrusions and Early Expansion of the Moon Revealed by GRAIL Gravity Gradiometry, Science, 339, pages 675-678 [doi:10.1126/science.1231753]


01 no journal club moved to March 08
15 Sascha Kempf Origin of Saturn’s rings and inner moons
Canup (2010), Origin of Saturn’s rings and inner moons by mass removal from a lost Titan-sized satellite, Nature, 468, pages 943-926 [doi:10.1038/nature09661]
22 no journal club LPSC The Woodlands, TX
29 no journal club Spring Break


05 Karan Molaverdi Possible rings of Pluto
Thiessenhusen et al. (2002), A dust cloud around Pluto and Charon, Planetary and Space Science, 50, 79-87 [doi:10.1016/S0032-0633(01)00074-5]
Poppe and Horanyi (2012), The effect of Nix and Hydra on the putative Pluto-Charon dust cloud, Planetary and Space Science, 59, pages 1647-1653 [doi:10.1016/j.pss.2011.08.001]
Pires dos Santos et al. (2013), Small particles in Pluto’s environment: effects of the solar radiation pressure, MRRAS, 430, pages 2761-2767 [doi:10.1093/mnras/stt076]
12 Morgan Rehnberg Ice on the Surface of Mercury – New MESSENGER Results
Neumann et al. (2013), Bright and Dark Polar Deposits on Mercury: Evidence for Surface Volatiles, Science, 339, pages 296-300 [doi:10.1126/science.1229764]
19 Dave Brain Saturn’s Ring Rain
O’Donoghue et al. (2013), The domination of Saturn’s low-latitude ionosphere by ring ‘rain’, Nature, 496, pages 193-195 [doi:10.1038/nature12049]
26 Tyler Mitchell Spectroscopy of an exoplanet atmosphere
Konopacky et al. (2013), Detection of Carbon Monoxide and Water Absorption Lines in an Exoplanet Atmosphere, Science 339, pages 1398-1401 [doi:10.1126/science.1232003]

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