Issue 24-01, January 5, 2024
- NON-TRANSITING PLANETS CONFERENCE (APRIL 15-19, 2024) IS CURRENTLY OPEN
- ABSCICON 2024 SESSION: ADVANCING THE SEARCH FOR LIFE BY IMPROVING FUNDAMENTAL LABORATORY AND AB INITIO CONSTRAINTS RELEVANT TO EXOPLANET ATMOSPHERES
- SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT TO THE (EXO-)VENUS SESSION AT EGU 2024 PS1.3/GD3.3: VENUS: MODELS, OBSERVATIONS, (ANCIENT) EARTH- AND EXOPLANET ANALOGUE
- INVITATION TO SUBMIT ABSTRACT FOR EGU 2024 PS6.1 “PREBIOTIC CHEMISTRY IN A GEOCHEMICAL CONTENT” SESSION
- 30TH MEETING OF THE SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG)
- ABSCICON 2024 SESSION: CHEMICAL CYCLING IN OCEAN WORLDS
- EGU SESSION PS5.2: CHARACTERIZING THE DIVERSITY OF SUB-NEPTUNES, SUPER-EARTHS, AND ROCKY WORLDS
- EGU 2024 SESSION PS5.3 “THE STATE-OF-THE-ART OF MODELING TIDAL INTERACTIONS IN ROCKY PLANETS”
- CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: DIRECT IMAGING & CHARACTERIZATION OF EXOPLANETS IN THE ELT ERA
- EXOPLANETS IN OUR BACKYARD III MEETING
- OPENINGS ON THE OPAG STEERING COMMITTEE
- ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.
- AOGS SESSION PS04: SMALL BODIES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND
- EGU SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT PS2.1 EXPLORING THE MYSTERIES OF JUPITER’S ICY MOONS AND THEIR SPACE ENVIRONMENT
- DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
- ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SMALL-BODIES MEETING: AUGUST 6 & 8, 2024, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
- CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS
- JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
NON-TRANSITING PLANETS CONFERENCE (APRIL 15-19, 2024) IS CURRENTLY OPEN
Abstract submission for the upcoming “Pathways to Characterizing Non-Transiting Planets” conference is currently open (https://forms.gle/QaKUyfJVP4pQroVo6) and the due date for abstracts is January 19th, 2024. The following are the conference focus topics:
- Observations of Nearby Non-Transiting Planets: Phase Curves, Radial Velocity, Astrometry, Direct Imaging
- Demographics of Non-Transiting Planet Population: Microlensing, Radial Velocity, Astrometry
- Characterization: Planetary Parameters, Atmospheres, and System Architectures Using Space-based
and Ground-based Approaches
- Theory and Modeling of Non-Transiting Planets
- Science Priorities, Technology Gaps, Instruments and Missions
The conference will be held from April 15 – 19, 2024 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. It will be hosted jointly by NASA Goddard’s Sellers Exoplanet Environments Collaboration (SEEC) and University of Maryland College Park Department of Astronomy. The conference website is below:
ABSCICON 2024 SESSION: ADVANCING THE SEARCH FOR LIFE BY IMPROVING FUNDAMENTAL LABORATORY AND AB INITIO CONSTRAINTS RELEVANT TO EXOPLANET ATMOSPHERES
Current and future telescopes aim to spectrally characterize exoplanet atmospheres. However, exoplanets are unresolved dots, and interpretation of their spectra is dependent on forward and retrieval models of their atmospheres. The accuracy of this modeling infrastructure is constrained by limited understanding of basic model chemical inputs (e.g., line lists, reaction kinetics). The detection and confirmation of remote biosignatures demands an especially high degree of certainty. A growing community response to this need is emerging. We invite results from laboratory, ab initio, or theoretical studies that deepen our chemical understanding of exoplanet atmospheres and analogous solar system bodies. Solicited contributions include advances in molecular opacities, laboratory insights into haze formation and optical properties, photodissociation cross-sections, collisional mixing and line broadening parameters, and reaction rate constants. We also welcome theoretical studies highlighting the impact of new chemical data on simulations of exoplanet atmospheres and chemical targets for future laboratory/ab initio characterization.
Conveners: Sukrit Ranjan, Edward Schwieterman, and Jonathan Fortney
Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2024
AbSciCon 2024 will take place in Providence, RI, USA and online on May 5-10, 2024
SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT TO THE (EXO-)VENUS SESSION AT EGU 2024 PS1.3/GD3.3: VENUS: MODELS, OBSERVATIONS, (ANCIENT) EARTH- AND EXOPLANET ANALOGUE
In June 2021, NASA and ESA selected a fleet of three international missions to Venus. Moreover, the ISRO orbiter mission Shukrayyan-1 and VOICE (Chinese Academy of Sciences) are currently proposed for launch in the mid 2020s. With the ‘Decade of Venus’ upon us, many fundamental questions remain regarding Venus. Did Venus ever have an ocean? How and when did intense greenhouse conditions develop? How does its internal structure compare to Earth’s? How can we better understand Venus’ geologic history as preserved on its surface as well as the present-day state of activity and couplings between the surface and atmosphere? Although Venus is one of the most uninhabitable planets in the Solar System, understanding our nearest planetary neighbor may unveil important lessons on atmospheric and surface processes, interior dynamics and habitability. It may further help us draw important conclusions on the history of our own planet. Beyond the solar system, Venus’ analogues are likely a common type of exoplanets, and we likely have already discovered many of Venus’ sisters orbiting other stars. This session welcomes contributions that address the past, present, and future of Venus science and exploration, and what Venus can teach us about (ancient) Earth as well as exo-Venus analogues. Moreover, Venus mission concepts, new Venus observations, Earth-Venus comparisons, exoplanet observations, new results from previous observations, and the latest lab and modelling approaches are all welcome to our discussion of solving Venus’ mysteries
Abstract deadline: 10 January 2022, 13:00 CET
PS1.3/GD3.3: Venus: models, observations, (ancient) Earth- and exoplanet analogue (https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/session/48103)
INVITATION TO SUBMIT ABSTRACT FOR EGU 2024 PS6.1 “PREBIOTIC CHEMISTRY IN A GEOCHEMICAL CONTENT” SESSION
This is an open invitation to submit an abstract for the PS6.1 session “Prebiotic Chemistry in a Geochemical Context” for the EGU 2024 General Assembly. The abstract deadline is 10 January, and abstracts can be submitted here: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/sessionprogramme
We invite chemists, geologists, astronomers, biologists and planetary scientists together to discuss this trans-disciplinary collaborative research area. We are especially interested in contributions that focus on ways to combine geochemistry and prebiotic chemistry, and contributions that aim to empirically test origins of life scenarios.
Find out more details about the session here: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU24/session/48155
30TH MEETING OF THE SMALL BODIES ASSESSMENT GROUP (SBAG)
SBAG 30 – Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2024
The 30th Meeting of the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) will take place Tuesday through Thursday, January 30 – February 1, 2024. The meeting is hybrid with the in-person portion being held in Tucson, AZ at University of Arizona facilities. Registration information, early career opportunities, hotel block, and other logistical information will be posted when the details become available at
ABSCICON 2024 SESSION: CHEMICAL CYCLING IN OCEAN WORLDS
Thanks to recent observations by spacecraft and large telescopes (e.g., Cassini, Dawn, JWST) at icy moons and dwarf planets, and a better understanding of geophysical processes operating on these bodies, it becomes possible to outline the cycling of major life-building elements in these bodies. Future missions in development or in operation (e.g., Europa Clipper and JUICE) and missions featured in the Origins, Worlds, and Life decadal survey (e.g., Enceladus Orbilander, Ceres sample return, Uranus Orbiter and Probe) will bring new insights into the chemical and physical processes governing the distribution of major elements in ocean worlds throughout their history.
Conveners: Julie Castillo-Rogez, Elizabeth Spiers, and Jessica Weber
Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2024
AbSciCon 2024 will take place in Providence, RI, USA and online on May 5-10, 2024
EGU SESSION PS5.2: CHARACTERIZING THE DIVERSITY OF SUB-NEPTUNES, SUPER-EARTHS, AND ROCKY WORLDS
We invite you to submit abstracts to the EGU General Assembly session, PS5.2, Characterizing the Diversity of Sub-Neptunes, Super-Earths, and Rocky Worlds (April 14-19, 2024 Vienna, Austria). Deadline: 10 Jan 2024
With over 5,000 exoplanets discovered to date, exoplanet science is in an observational revolution as large-aperture telescopes like JWST and the upcoming ground-based ELT will allow us to characterize the diversity of planetary systems in our galaxy. Based on our current understanding, the most common types of planets are sub-Neptunes and super-Earths, planets with masses in between those of Earth and Neptune, for which we have no analog in our Solar System. However, as instrument sensitivity increases, we will be able to determine if low-mass, rocky worlds may instead be the most abundant type of planet. Sub-Neptune, super-Earth and rocky exoplanets are all expected to be diverse in terms of their compositions, system architectures, interior dynamics and the relationship between their interiors and atmospheres. In this session, we invite contributions spanning observational, theoretical and experimental research that seeks to improve our understanding of these worlds. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, recent progress on understanding these planets’ atmospheres, potential causes of the radius gap (i.e., the observed dearth of exoplanets with radii between 1.5 and 2 Earth radii), interior-atmosphere connections, lava worlds (planets that have extensive lava or magma oceans on their surfaces), and the plausibility of water worlds (planets for which water
makes up a significant fraction of the planet). Comprehensively characterizing these types of planets is an essential step towards developing a generalized theory of planet formation and evolution and will provide crucial information to inform the design of next-generation
missions like the Habitable Worlds Observatory and Large Interferometer for Exoplanets (LIFE).
For more details and submitting abstracts, please see
EGU 2024 SESSION PS5.3 “THE STATE-OF-THE-ART OF MODELING TIDAL INTERACTIONS IN ROCKY PLANETS
We invite you to submit your abstracts to this session. The deadline for the abstract submission is 10 January 2024, 13:00 CET.
“From our Earth-Moon duo to the outer edge of the solar system and beyond, tidal interactions play a prominent role in dictating the long-term evolution and fate of planetary systems. Underpinned by different physical mechanisms, often complicated ones, the relatively small and slow reciprocal tidal effects accumulate to cause significant signatures among the tidal players: orbital and rotational dynamical variations, periodic bodily deformations, heating due to energy dissipation, and climatic effects, to name a few. Some of these signatures are directly detectable, as is the case in seismic, geodetic, astrometric, and remote sensing analyses of several solar system objects; while others are modeled to study the orbital architecture and potential habitability of exosystems.
Despite the ubiquitous nature of these tidal interactions, the underlying physical processes and the often-used tidal models are still poorly constrained. A deeper understanding of both fluid and solid physical tidal phenomena, along with a macroscopic view on the observational end, and a discussion on the implementation of different tidal models and their mathematical frameworks are thus required. This session aims to bring together both solar system and exo-planetary scientists into a cohesive discussion on multidisciplinary aspects of tidal interactions, be it solid, oceanic, or atmospheric, and their various rich signatures. We invite presenters to showcase their recent contributions of theoretical, observational, and modeling nature (or a combination thereof).”
CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: DIRECT IMAGING & CHARACTERIZATION OF EXOPLANETS IN THE ELT ERA
April 11-13, 2024 – Tucson, Arizona
The emerging generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs) will transform the study of exoplanets. While the high angular resolution of ELTs allows imaging of planets at small separations, deep, precise spectroscopy will allow characterization of fundamental planet properties. The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) provides an edge-to-edge separation of 23 m, and when used as an interferometer (LBTI), it already functions as an ELT. In this conference, we will discuss new ELT-era exoplanet science with LBT, as well as more general exoplanet science for the upcoming ELT landscape.
Full details available at the conference website, https://www.lbto.org/exo24/
Sponsored by the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory
EXOPLANETS IN OUR BACKYARD III MEETING
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Exoplanets in our Backyard III, November 13-15, 2024, Louisville, KY USA, #EioB3
Conference Location and Dates
We are happy to announce the Exoplanets in our Backyard III workshop scheduled for
November 13-15, 2024 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY USA. The workshop
format will be in-person only.
Purpose and Scope
Exoplanets in Our Backyard focuses on the collaborative exploration of exoplanets, uniting
researchers from various scientific disciplines to share knowledge and expertise, particularly in
the detection and characterization of exoplanet atmospheres. Emphasizing discussion and
cross-disciplinary research, this workshop aims to inspire and educate participants of all
experience levels in the collective effort to understand distant worlds and their formation
The science program will feature invited talks related to four major themes and multiple
breakout sessions aimed towards creating new collaborations among scientists from various
- Star-Exoplanet Interactions Using Our Heliosphere as a Rosetta Stone
- Leveraging the History of the Inner Solar System to Inform the Search for Habitable and
- Cross-Domain Machine Learning Methods for Applications to Exoplanetary Atmospheric
- Theory and Experiments Collide to Tackle Exoplanet Research Challenges
Important: To be added to the mailing list to receive additional information about this
conference, submit an indication of interest.
For more information contact [email protected]
OPENINGS ON THE OPAG STEERING COMMITTEE
The Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG) Steering Committee (SC) announces several upcoming openings on the OPAG Steering Committee. We invite the community to review the current Steering Committee membership and the membership guidelines at this link: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/committee/
We welcome applications from candidates who are interested in supporting OPAG’s strategic mission), and who have a desire to support the community, as well as those who fill any topic area gaps. Through the search process, we will strive to ensure representation across multiple axes to foster an interdisciplinary, diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible community. All interested candidates, at any career stage, are encouraged to apply. People who submitted applications during the last selection cycle are encouraged to re-submit. Applications include a one-page letter addressing the applicant’s interest in the OPAG SC and how the applicant feels they will contribute based on their expertise and experience, and a two-page NASA proposal-style CV. In your letter, please discuss your leadership, project and organizational experiences, and your past or current involvement in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) activities. Applicants may voluntarily self-identify by providing demographic information in their letter.
We intend to accept applications November 30, 2023 through January 30 2024; selected new members should plan to start their service in time for the OPAG Spring 2024 meeting (the exact timing of which is to be confirmed).
Please send your nominations, with the letter of interest and CV together in a single PDF file, to: [email protected]. For the file name, please use the format Lastname-FirstName-OPAG_CV and Lastname-FirstName-OPAG_Letter.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FOR “TNO2024: THE TRANS-NEPTUNIAN SOLAR SYSTEM” IS NOW OPEN.
Abstract submission for TNO2024: The Trans-Neptunian Solar System conference is now open. Abstracts can be submitted at the conference website, https://tno2024.org. The conference will focus on a number of topics, including:
- Physical and dynamical properties
- Dwarf planets
- Binaries and multiple systems
- Relationships with other small body populations (Centaurs, Trojans, comets, inner Oort Cloud objects, interstellar objects)
- Distant TNOs
- Formation and evolutionary processes
- Current and future surveys
- Laboratory studies
- Current and future space missions
The conference will take place at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taipei, Taiwan 24–28 June 2024.
AOGS SESSION PS04: SMALL BODIES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND
AOGS2024, June 23-28, Pyeongchang, South Korea
Abstract deadline extended to: January 10, 2024
This session provides a forum to share new findings on small bodies. We welcome abstracts presenting results from space missions, ground- and space-based observations, laboratory experiments/analyses, and theoretical studies. We invite abstracts reporting the latest results from DART, Hayabusa2, OSIRIS-REx, Rosetta, Dawn, HST, ALMA, and JWST. Contributions discussing future mission prospects and planned deep all-sky surveys are also welcome. The goal of this session is to encourage international communication and collaboration on small body research and to highlight recent progress in this field.
Conveners: Yoonyoung Kim, Xian Shi, Masateru Ishiguro, Jian-Yang Li, Zhong-Yi Lin
EGU SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT PS2.1 EXPLORING THE MYSTERIES OF JUPITER’S ICY MOONS AND THEIR SPACE ENVIRONMENT
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2024 is planned to be held in Vienna, Austria & Online, 14–19 April 2024. We’d like to direct your attention towards the session PS2.1 « Exploring the Mysteries of Jupiter’s Icy Moons and their Space Environment».
Session Description: The arrival of the Europa Clipper and Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) spacecraft at Jupiter in the early 2030s will represent a watershed moment in the field of planetary science by providing, for the first time, simultaneous long-term observations in the Jovian system by two spacecraft. These missions are poised to provide unprecedented insights into the complex, enigmatic, and potentially habitable icy moons of the Jupiter system. This conference session aims to bring together scientists to discuss the latest advancements in our understanding of the Jupiter system and the implications for habitability, geology, and planetary science. It will feature updates and highlights from the Juice and Europa Clipper missions, including mission objectives, instrumentation, and recent developments. In addition, we will delve into the geology of Jupiter’s icy moons, with a particular focus on Europa and Ganymede; explore the characterization, chemical composition, thermal dynamics, and potential habitability of their subsurface oceans; and investigate the evidence for cryovolcanic activity, its implications for surface processes, and its role in shaping these worlds. We further extend the discussion to the complex interaction of the moons with Jupiter’s magnetic environment and the effects of radiation on their surfaces. The Europa Clipper and Juice missions offer a unique opportunity to unlock the secrets of the Jupiter system and its icy moons through individual and joint science investigations. We invite contributions on these topics from scientists at all career stages and backgrounds with the aim to foster collaboration, share knowledge, and inspire further research in this exciting and rapidly evolving field of planetary science.
The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2024, 13:00 CET and the deadline for support application 01 December 2023, 13:00 CET.
Information on how to submit an abstract can be found here.
DPS PROFESSIONAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE (PCCS) SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
Are you interested in making the planetary science community more diverse and inclusive? If so, please contact [email protected] to volunteer to be part of the DPS Professional Culture and Climate subcommittee (PCCS). A list of our charge, duties, and expectations can be found at: https://dps.aas.org/leadership/climate
You also can speak with any current PCCS members (listed at above site) and, in particular, you are welcome to contact Chair James Roberts ([email protected]).
To express interest in becoming a PCCS member, please send an email to [email protected], including:
(1) why you are interested,
(2) a brief description of any EDIA work you’ve already done, and
(3) a brief statement on what you might hope to accomplish with the
PCCS. Comments about past or potential future work by PCCS are also
welcomed, as always.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SMALL-BODIES MEETING: AUGUST 6 & 8, 2024, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Focus Meeting 3: Follow-up Observations of Small Bodies in the Solar System in the Era of Large Discovery Surveys (as part of the IAU General Assembly, which runs 6-15 August 2024)
Motivation: A significant increase in the rate of discoveries of small bodies in the Solar System is expected, given ongoing and anticipated data-intensive surveys. This 2-day Focus Meeting will address multiple aspects of the international response to small-body detections from surveys and their follow-up characterizations.
31 Oct. 2023 – Early registration opens
30 Nov. 2023 – Abstract submissions open
01 March 2024 – Deadline for abstracts and early registration
31 May 2024 – Deadline for normal registration
CURRENT TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE PLANETARY SCIENCE JOURNAL AND ICARUS
The current issues for both DPS-affiliated journals are here:
The Planetary Science Journal:
JOBS, POSITIONS, AND OPPORTUNITIES
Recent openings and opportunities are listed below and more are at the link above.
- Researcher in Planetary Sciences
A full-time position as Researcher in Planetary Sciences is available at the Department of Geosciences under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. The researcher position is currently limited to a period of three years, but with the possibility for prolongation. The starting date will be decided with the relevant candidate.
The position is associated with the newly formed Centre for Planetary Habitability (PHAB), a Centre of Excellence funded for 10 years by the Research Council of Norway and organized as a section at the Department of Geosciences. One of PHAB’s objectives, based on detailed studies of Earth and our solar system, is to develop predictive models to identify habitable planets around other stars. PHAB research activities comprise three interrelated research themes: (1) Planets and Early Earth, (2) Modern Earth and (3) Exo-Earths. The successful applicant is expected to take a leading role in exploring new fields of planetary and exoplanet sciences.
- Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences
A full-time permanent position as Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences is available at the Department of Geosciences under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. The position is associated with the newly formed Centre for Planetary Habitability (PHAB), a Centre of Excellence funded for 10 years by the Research Council of Norway. The successful applicant is expected to take a leading role in exploring new fields of planetary and exoplanet sciences. Research areas are quite broad and examples include:
- Exploring the diversity of planetary atmosphere evolution using physical-chemical models, particularly predicting planetary atmospheric structures and/or evolution of the volatile cycles through time for rocky planets (Earth to exo-Earths), the computation of relevant spectroscopic observables for planets other than Earth, or/and the comparison of models with observations for example from the geological rock record on Earth other earth-like planets.
- Exploring the challenges of planet formation and evolution in the Solar System and exoplanet systems, including fields like the study of properties of planet interiors, planetary building stones in the Solar System, planetary evolution, habitability, planetary system dynamics, comparative (exo)planetology, and physico-chemical models of planet formation
- NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship – Application Deadline March 1, 2024
The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers US and international scientists the opportunity to advance their research while contributing to NASA’s scientific goals. The NPP supports fundamental science; explores the undiscovered; promotes intellectual growth; and encourages scientific connections.
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, planetary science, heliophysics, astrophysics, biological and physical science, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration systems, space operations, space technology, and astrobiology. Search for NPP research opportunities in Planetary Science here: NPP Research Opportunities.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Please see current eligibility requirements. Stipends start at $70,000 per year, with supplements for higher cost-of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and $10,000 per year is provided for travel and professional development.
Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, and November 1.
For further information and to apply, visit: https://npp.orau.org/applicants/index.html.
Questions: [email protected]
- Two Postdoc Positions at UCF
The incumbent will be expected to participate in data analysis, physical and dynamical characterization of near-Earth asteroids using radar and optical data, and support archiving asteroid shape models in the Planetary Data System (PDS).
Send submissions to: Denise Stephens, DPS Secretary, at this address [email protected]
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