Education and
Public Engagement
at the Lunar and Planetary Institute

LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter

To receive emails with these updates, please sign up for LPI’s Earth and Space Science News for Educators

 

August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse visible across the US

September 15, 2017 Cassini plunges into Saturn's Atmosphere

 

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.

 

MAVEN Webinar: Mars and Venus: Terrestrial Analogues for Exoplanets
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission may help scientists understand how the atmospheres of other rocky worlds are also being eroded. Join Dr. Shannon Curry from the University of California Berkeley on May 24 to learn how planetary bodies such as Mars and Venus can be used to provide insight into how atmospheres evolve, as scientists model (and begin to observe directly) the atmospheres of exoplanets.

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.

 

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.

The Paradigm Challenge
The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration by generating new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world. The top 100 teams will win cash prizes from $200 to the $100,000 Grand Prize.

 

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.