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Houston SkyFest at LPI: International Observe the Moon Night
The Lunar and Planetary Institute, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, offers SkyFest on Sept. 6 for the International Observe the Moon Night. SkyFest, a free event, is open to explorers of all ages, and includes hands-on activities as well as viewing through telescopes (weather permitting).

Free Houston Lecture on Gravity, Sept. 18 at LPI
The Lunar and Planetary Institute is pleased to introduce the 2014 - 2015 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: 'Science on the Silver Screen." This series will explore the accuracy, and inaccuracy, of science portrayed in the movies. The series will begin September 18, 2014 with a presentation by astronaut and planetary scientist Dr. Stanley Love discussing the 2013 movie "Gravity."

Earth Science Week
Held October 12-18, ESW 2014 will promote awareness of the dynamic interactions of the planet’s natural and human systems. The updated Earth Science Week Online Toolkit includes 76 lessons, posters, fact sheets, and other materials, each offered in both English and Spanish.

International Observe the Moon Night
In just one month, on 06 September 2014, the whole world will collectively admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)! We invite you to join in the fun! Check the map of registered InOMN events to see if there’s an event being held near you. If not, please consider hosting one and inviting your patrons, friends, or neighbors. The website includes suggestions on planning your event, resources, and a variety of hands-on activities.

Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress Open to Public
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014. "Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth," is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. The event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.