OpenPlanetary Virtual Lunches

OpenPlanetary will be hosting weekly virtual “lunch” talks at 1PM CDT on Tuesdays starting March 24, 2020. Please RSVP to with “OPLUNCH” in the subject line to receive an invitation to participate via Zoom.

If you are interested in presenting, we invite proposals for 10-50 minute talks on any technical topic that is likely to be of interest to planetary scientists.

Presentation topics will be announced on this thread on the Fridays prior.


OP Virtual Lunch topics for March 24, 2020.

  • Dr. Ross Beyer (Research Scientist, SETI Institute) will talk about his Python development for Planetary Sciences over the last year: kalasiris and pvl, and his involvement with the newly invigorated PlanetaryPy project.
  • Dr. Michael St. Clair (CTO, Million Concepts) will then give an overview of features and design decisions in new reduced Apollo 15 and 17 Heat Flow Experiment data sets.
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OP Virtual Lunch topics for March 31, 2020.

  • Dr. K.-Michael Aye (UC Boulder, LASP) on “Best practices for conda-based Python science analysis environments.”
  • Dr. Chris Arridge (Lancaster University) on "the development of Ikuchi [], an open source web tool using the Three.js library for viewing the 3D geometry of planetary magnetospheres.”

Notes from 20-03-24 OP Lunch Talks:

OP Virtual Lunch topics for April 7, 2020.

  • Dr. Jay Dickson (Caltech) discussing the potential for the use of non-linear, non-destructive image processing to significantly increase information preservation in planetary science, with the CTX global mosaic of Mars as a case study.
  • Dr. Fred Calef (JPL) on “The Multi-Mission Geographic Information System (MMGIS) is a NASA AMMOS open source webGIS framework for orbital and in situ planetary missions.”