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August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse visible across the US

September 15, 2017 Cassini plunges into Saturn's Atmosphere

 

NASA Solar Eclipse Workshops at Marshall Space Flight Center
On Aug. 21, 2017, the United States will experience a solar eclipse. This celestial event will provide a golden opportunity to engage and educate diverse audiences, and NASA has the resources to help. Join the Educator Resource Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on June 1, 2017, 9-11 a.m. CDT for an educator workshops to learn about safety tips, hands-on activities, resources and more!

Middle and High School Earth Science Information Partners Workshop
Join the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Education committee at the ESIP summer meeting on Thursday July 27th for a 1-day workshop. Learn about recreational drones, the August Eclipse, and more! Complimentary registration for teachers! The first 15 registrants will receive a $200 travel stipend and a free recreational drone!

ASP's Annual Summer Astronomy Institute, a Hands-On Workshop for Teachers
Explore the amazing phenomena of eclipses and get ready for the August 21 solar eclipse! Presented by the Teacher Learning Center at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, this four-day workshop will be held at the ASP's headquarters July 31-August 3, 2017. Cost: $400. Scholarships available. Applicants for the scholarship must register for the workshop and pay a refundable $50 deposit to hold a spot in the Institute.

 

Dr. Louise Procktor Presents "Mercury"
Dr. Prockter studies the volcanic and tectonic history of solar system bodies, with an emphasis on icy satellites. Research conducted at the LPI encompasses all the rocky planets, the Earth's Moon, asteroids and beyond.The 2016-2017 series will feature LPI scientists discussing their research and how their work supports NASA's solar system science and exploration efforts. This presentation will be held at the USRA building at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX on June 29, 2017 at 7:30pm and will be streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel.

Dr. Stephen Clifford Presents "The Evolution of Water on Mars"
Dr. Clifford studies the nature and evolution of planetary volatiles, with a special emphasis on water on Mars. Research conducted at the LPI encompasses all the rocky planets, the Earth's Moon, asteroids and beyond. The 2016-2017 series will feature LPI scientists discussing their research and how their work supports NASA's solar system science and exploration efforts. This presentation will be held at the USRA building at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX on June 1, 2017 at 7:30pm and will be streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel.

Total Solar Eclipse
On Aug. 21, 2017, the moon will pass between Earth and the sun, creating a total solar eclipse visible along a narrow path stretching across the continental United States. The NASA eclipse page lists events, activities, inofrmation about the science, and more.

 

Citizen Science: Help NASA Find 'Planet Nine'
Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 is a new site for members of the general public to assist with the search for Planet Nine, and possibly celestial bodies between the orbit of Neptune and the closest star.

Fly Your Exoplanet on The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
All ages are welcomed to submit a .pdf sketch or graphic to be included to fly aboard the the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spacecraft while it searches the sky for new worlds outside of our solar system (called exoplanets). In the first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey, TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants and will orbit a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. Submit your request via email by Nov. 20, 1027.

Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Help NASA find a new planet and new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. Comb through images to distinguish moving celestial bodies from ghosts and other artifacts using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.

 

Easy Citizen Science for Your Audiences
Want to be a citizen Earth scientist? Join GLOBE Observer, download the app and use it to observe the environment wherever you are. Submit your observations and help students of all ages do real scientific research as part of the GLOBE Program.

Totality by Big Kid Science
Want to witness the coast-to-coast solar eclipse of 2017? Totality by Big Kid Science is the FREE app that will tell you when, where, and what you’ll see on eclipse day. The cool iTunes app offers an interactive map to show the eclipse circumstances at any location, along with buttons that use GPS to show you the circumstances at your current location and to identify the nearest location that is on the centerline of the totality path.

Make Ultraviolet Handprint Art
Make handprint art using ultraviolet light! In this cool activity, see how sunscreen can be used to block the sun’s ultraviolet light rays.

Eclipse Resources for the Classroom
Looking for educational resources to help you teach about the August 21st, 2017 solar eclipse? WGBH put together a folder of materials that includes a teacher toolkit to support educators in planning and integrating the eclipse into the classroom.

LPI Augmented Reality App
LPI has an "augmented reality" app you can use to take an interactive tour of the asteroid belt, the Moon, Mars, Saturn, Pluto, and Europa. Launch the "lunar and planetARy" app, and point your camera at an interactive poster (available online for you to print or show on a screen). Available through Google Play or App Store.

New "Explore NASA Science" Website
Explore the redesigned NASA Science website and learn about new discoveries, sign up for the newsletter, and much more!

Fall 2016 Universe in the Classroom Edition is now available!
In this edition of The Universe in the Classroom, learn about a storyline approach to teaching about eclipses, including investigations into lunar phases, the size and scale of the Earth-Moon system, why eclipses happen, and the pattern and frequency of their occurrence.

 

Ingredients to Support Life at Enceladus
Cassini mission scientists have announced that a form of chemical energy that life can feed on appears to exist on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Researchers indicate that hydrogen gas, which could potentially provide a chemical energy source for life, is pouring into the subsurface ocean of Enceladus from hydrothermal activity on the seafloor.

Little Galaxy Hosts Surprisingly Powerful Black Hole
A supermassive black hole inside a tiny galaxy is challenging scientists' ideas about what happens when two galaxies become one.