As always, a lot of things happened in astronomy and planetary sciences this week. Here's your weekly round-up of stories from my subsite, and anywhere else that was downright interesting.

It's my last week as a Space Recruit. My numbers are healthy, but I still haven't passed that critical 300k boundary for US People to stay on. Here's my stories from this week. See something you like? Pass it on and share the love!

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As always, we can't cover it all, so here's some stories from around the web:

Image credit: NASA/Spitzer Space Telescope of Kappa Cassiopeiae (HD 2905) in infrared.

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