News & Events
— May 18, 2016

Jupiter is hit by an average of 6.5 objects per year that create impacts large enough to be visible from Earth, according to preliminary results from a worldwide campaign by amateur astronomers to observe the giant planet.  The estimate was presented at an international workshop on Jupiter for professional and amateur astronomers organised by Europlanet […]


— May 12, 2016

Amateurs prepare big-picture perspective to support Juno mission Some of the world’s leading amateur and professional astronomers are meeting on 12-13 May to prepare for a campaign of ground-based global observations in support of NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. Juno arrives on 4th July this year and will investigate Jupiter through a series of long […]


— May 10, 2016

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Registrations for the Europlanet Outreach Innovation Day and Communication Training Workshop now close on 30th May 2016! Europlanet 2020 RI’s Outreach Activity is holding two workshops in Athens this July. The venue is the Coral Hotel, close to the venue for the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS), which is taking place […]


— May 10, 2016

Austrian Space Forum publishes policy statement on analog research. “Vienna Statement on Analog Planetary Research” aims to strengthen research field. Scientists at the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) and  international partners have released a policy statement on analog research today. Analog research is a field that studies celestial bodies by looking for comparable conditions here on Earth. […]


— May 3, 2016

Transit of Mercury – European Events and Media Contacts Europlanet 2020 Press Release EPN PR16 /3 3 May 2016 For immediate release A transit of Mercury will take place on 9th May 2016 from 11:12 UTC (12:12 BST/13:12 CEST) and ending at 18:42 UTC (19:42 BST/20:42 CEST).  During the transit, Mercury will appear as a […]


— April 28, 2016

Dinner debate in European Parliament on the impact of the EU on Planetary Science On 27th April 2016, Europlanet organised a dinner debate in the European Parliament, hosted by Ms Clare Moody MEP. The topic was ‘The Impact of the EU on Planetary Science’. Since 2005, the European Commission has supported the European planetary science community with over […]


— April 27, 2016

A transit of Mercury is taking place on 9th May 2016.  This is a relatively a rare event: there will be another on 11th November 2019 but, after that, you’ll have to wait until 2032! What’s it all about? Mercury is a fascinating planet and the target of the European Space Agency’s upcoming mission, BepiColombo. In the […]


— April 26, 2016

The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Water at near-boiling temperatures bubbles up from underground, high salt concentrations create multi-coloured structures, and chlorine and sulphur vapour fogs the air. This month, researchers from the Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure, carrying out the first investigation into the site’s geology, mineralogy […]


— April 25, 2016

The Call for the Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme 2016 and Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement 2016 closes on 30th April. Are you looking for funding to kickstart an outreach project related to planetary science?  Or have you run a successful outreach project for which you deserve some recognition?  Applications are now open for the Europlanet Outreach Funding […]


— April 14, 2016

Celebrating Juno’s arrival at Jupiter:  Tuesday, 5 July 2016, Athens. We are now counting down to the arrival of the Juno mission at Jupiter.  The spacecraft will be inserted into orbit on 4th July 2016.  The following evening, Europlanet will be holding a public event in Athens to celebrate. When: Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 7:00-8:30 pm Where: Coral […]