Monthly Archives: August 2012

Brian Day Webcast

Get ready for International Observe the Moon Night on September 29. Join the MyMoon webcast on August 29 at 8 pm EDT for a discussion with Brian Day about ways to observe the moon and see some of the lunar surface features.

Brian Day works at NASA Ames where he serves as the Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Lead for the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission. He was also the E/PO Lead for the LCROSS lunar impactor mission. He has been an active amateur astronomer for most of his life.

USGS Online Lectures

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has a collection of selected videotaped lectures online that were given at USGS facilities. These USGS Online Lectures are suitable for viewing by the general public and upper level students (grades 8 through university). Topics include planetary science, plate tectonics, mapping and remote sensing, and geochemistry/biochemistry. Most are typically 60-90 minutes long.

Audio Podcasts from McDonald Observatory

Free audio podcasts are available on iTunes from the McDonald Observatory. Topics include dark matter, black holes, and star parties.

McDonald Observatory, a research unit of The University of Texas at Austin, is one of the world’s leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, and public education and outreach. Observatory facilities are located atop Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, which offer some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. The Observatory’s administrative offices are on the UT-Austin campus. The Observatory works with the University’s Department of Astronomy on both research and teaching. Find out more at their website.

Learn about Cosmology and Astronomy through the Khan Academy

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone–students, teachers, home-schoolers, principals, adults returning to the classroom. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Over 3300 educational videos are available in the areas of humanities, finance and economics, test preparation, computer science, math, and science, including cosmology and astronomy.

Rice University Space Frontiers Lecture Series

Rice University is offering a public lecture series, The Space Frontiers Lectures, designed to introduce Rice University students and the general public to the wide array of issues involved in the pursuit of an advanced presence in space: international policy, technology innovation, commercialization, biological impacts, and space science.

The season kicks off on September 12 at 7 pm in Duncan Hall with a presentation by Eugene “Gene” Kranz, retired NASA Flight Director and manager and author of the book Failure is Not an Option.

More information about this event can be found online.

Subscribe to the Space Frontiers Mailing List to receive email reminders for upcoming lectures.

National Air and Space Museum Education Webcast

On August 22 from 10 am to noon (EDT) the National Air and Space Museum will be offering a free, live webcast for early childhood educators, parents, and enthusiasts to learn how to teach inquiry science to three-, four-, and five-year-olds. Using hands-on, recyclable and easily found materials, early childhood museum educators Ann Caspari and Lizzie Cammarata will give teachers the confidence to teach science to young children. They will provide lesson plans, activities for the classroom, and clearly defined science goals that are age-appropriate for young learners. The theme of the two-hour webcast will be Light and Shadows. Register today!

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night at the LPI

Free event on Saturday, September 22, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Come to another fun and exciting FREE Sky Fest event at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Join us for some night sky viewing as we observe the Moon through telescopes and enjoy hands-on activities. Explorers of all ages are invited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.