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July 2015

7/1  –  7/31
New Horizons Spacecraft Encounters Pluto
Give kids a first-hand experience with just how far this spacecraft has traveled using the solar system scale model activity at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/solar_system/activities/familyOfPlanets/jumpJupiter/. Check out the New Horizons Kids Club at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/education/plutoPals/index.php.
 

September 2015

9/19
International Observe the Moon Night
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. Activity ideas can be found in the Explore! Marvel Moon module at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/marvelMoon/activities/.
9/27  8:10 PM (ET)  –  9/28  1:20 AM (ET)
Total Lunar Eclipse
This total lunar eclipse will be visible from all 50 U.S. states, however, only the eastern half of the continental U.S. (states along the Mississippi River and eastward) will see the eclipse in its entirety.
 

October 2015

10/1  –  10/3
10/2  –  11/7
Orionids Meteor Shower
In 2015, the Orionid meteor shower will be visible from October 2 to November 7; the shower is expected to peak on the night of October 20 and 21.
10/4  –  10/10
World Space Week
World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. Activities related to space exploration can be found in numerous Explore! modules including Beyond Earth (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/beyondEarth/activities/) and To the Moon and Beyond (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/LRO/activities/).
10/11  –  10/17
Earth Science Week
The American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. You can find related activities on the Earth Science Week website (http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities) and in the Explore! Discover Earth module (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/discoverEarth/activities/).
 

November 2015

11/1  –  11/30
Leonids Meteor Shower
In 2015, the Leonid meteor shower will be visible through most of November; the shower is expected to peak November 18 for North American observers.
 

December 2015

12/4  –  12/17
Geminids Meteor Shower
In 2015, the Geminid meteor shower will be visible from December 4-17; the shower is expected to peak around December 14.
 

August 2016

8/25  –  8/25
National Park Service turns 100
The National Park Service celebrates its Centennial in 2016.