Marty Scott

Marty Scott is the astronomy instructor at Walla Walla University, and also builds telescopes and works with computer simulations. He can be reached at

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Column: Mars rover Curiosity back to work after break

Curiosity had a break from its normal workload for most of June because Mars was in solar conjunction. This means that Mars was almost exactly behind the sun as seen from Earth.

Scott - Mars rover Curiosity takes break as sun comes between it, Earth

The Earth and Mars will be on opposite sides of the sun for most of the month of June, an alignment called Mars solar conjunction.

Column - Solar system plays out on Walla Walla’s Planet Walk

You can explore the solar system on a nice day in Walla Walla by taking the Planet Walk.

Column - Earth gets ringside seat on Saturn views in May

Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is the gem of the solar system because of its icy white ring system.

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Mars rover studies curious mineral deposits

Curiosity is still working on discovering the story of Mars’ past. Hints to this story are hidden in the rocks of Mount Sharp, the Martian mountain that the rover is slowly climbing layer by layer.

Column: Now is perfect time to observe Jupiter

Now is one of the best times this year to view the planet Jupiter — not because of the calendar, but because of the positions of Jupiter and the Earth in their orbits around the sun.

Short circuit halts drilling on Mars rover

JPL, we have a problem.

Column: Asteroids, comets have similar origins, different traits

The European Space Agency has a satellite orbiting a comet, and NASA is planning a mission to an asteroid. I often get asked, What is the difference between a comet and an asteroid?

Mars rover on a ‘walkabout’

Curiosity, the Mars traveler, has become Curiosity, the field geologist.

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Column: Stargazers can take Taurus by the horns in February

If you found Orion on the few clear nights we’ve had this month, then finding its neighbor, the constellation Taurus, will be easy.

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