The DPS Education Subcommittee announces the 6th release of “Discoveries in Planetary Science” Classroom Powerpoints, covering three new topics:

- Mercury Hollows
- Man in the Moon
- The Size of Eris

These are succinct summaries of discoveries too recent to appear in “Intro Astronomy” college textbooks; each set consists of just three slides to be shown: the discovery itself, a basic explanation based on good planetary science, and the “big picture” context. Another page for
further information is provided as well. Powerpoints and PDFs can be downloaded from:

By popular request, all available slide sets have now been translated into both Spanish and Farsi. Versions in other languages should become available in the coming months. Planetary scientists with recent or upcoming results of broad interest are encouraged to submit them for consideration by providing an initial draft using the template provided on the website. For more information, contact Nick Schneider & Dave Brain at

Planetary science is a field that is still evolving rapidly, and it can take several years for new advances to work their way into college textbooks.The slide sets are targeted at the Introductory Astronomy undergraduate level and seek to bridge this gap by providing content in the form of 3-slide presentations that can be incorporated into college lectures.

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff

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