Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sky Fest at the LPI

Stars: From Birth to Death

Free event on Saturday, March 9, from 6:30 – 9:00 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 view a stellar nursery and ancient red supergiant star through telescopes. Explore the stars with LPI scientists and educators through hands-on activities. Explorers of all ages are invited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

LPSC Highlighted Events

Highlighted events at this year’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference have been announced. These events are open to all interested members of the community. Dates, times, locations, and event descriptions are provided online.

NASA Year of the Solar System Undergraduate Research Conference
Moving FORWARD in Space Workshop
Early Career Proposal Writing Session
Planning Your Solar System Observations with the James Webb Space Telescope
Planetary Undergraduate Faculty Workshop
Analogs Townhall
MESSENGER Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) Data Users’ Workshop 2013
Diviners Data Users Forum
44th LPSC Registration and Welcome
Golden Spike Human Lunar Expeditions: Overview and Science Input Forum
Game-Changing Venus Technology Forum
Plenary Session Featuring Masursky Lecture
NASA Headquarters Briefing
Opening of Exhibits and Student/Scientist Networking Event
Venus Town Hall Meeting
Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) Mission Concept
Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) Town Hall Meeting
Planetary Mapping and Cartography, What, When, How?
Fifth Annual Susan Niebur Women in Planetary Science Symposium
Planetary Science Summer School 50th Celebration
FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond

Upcoming Lectures in February

Several lectures are scheduled in February:

February 7 – “The Climatic and Hydrologic Evolution of Water on Mars” presented by Lunar Planetary Institute Senior Staff Scientist Stephen Clifford. University of Houston-Clear Lake Physics and Space Science Spring 2013 Seminar Series. Begins at 7:00 pm in room 1218 in the Bayou Building. Free.

February 14 – “By the Light of the Watery Moon: New Discoveries about Lunar Volatiles,” presented by Lunar Planetary Institute Staff Scientist Paul Spudis. University of Houston-Clear Lake Physics and Space Science Spring 2013 Seminar Series. Begins at 7:00 pm in room 1218 in the Bayou Building. Free.

February 28 – “Biography of the Milky Way,” presented by University of California-Irvine Professor James Bullock. Lunar and Planetary Institute Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series. Begins at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall. Free.

Houston – A Geological Dynamic Wedge

A new art exhibit entitled “Houston – A Geological Dynamic Wedge,” will open at the University of Houston – Clear Lake Art Gallery on February 21 and will run through April 4. This exhibit, a blend of geoscience and art, examines Houston’s location on a Gulf Coast “clastic wedge,” an area formed by thickly deposited sediments.

On Thursday, March 21, in the Garden Room of the Bayou Building, Dr. Donald Van Nieuwenhuise, director of the Petroleum Geoscience Programs at the University of Houston, will present a lecture about clastic wedges. The lecture begins at 5 pm with a reception to follow. Admission to the lecture and reception is free, and refreshments will be provided.

Selene: A Lunar Science Game

Named after the Greek lunar goddess, Selene, the online lunar science game, challenges players to learn the major geologic processes scientists believe formed the modern Moon. Players construct their own Moon and then pepper it with impact craters and flood it with lava. It’s a great opportunity for students to learn about the Moon while helping researchers study some key videogame design principles.

Designed for students between the ages of 9-18, Selene is a single-player game focused on lunar geology. It takes about an hour to complete, but more time can be spent checking out Selene’s various resources about the Moon.