The second lecture in the 2014-2015 season of the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series will be on Thursday, November 6. Continuing with the theme of “Science” on the Silver Screen, Dr. Walter Kiefer will be discussing the 2003 science fiction film “The Core.”
The symposium Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex, or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth will be held September 18-19 in the John W. Kluge Center, Room 119, of the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. A list of participants and a schedule of discussions are available online.
This symposium is free and open to the public. Can’t attend in person? It will be live streamed on Adobe Connect.
On October 8, the full Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, producing a total lunar eclipse visible for a portion of North America, and a partial lunar eclipse for all of North America. This total lunar eclipse will be best seen from the Pacific Ocean and bordering regions, although even eastern regions of the U.S. will be able to observe the beginning stages. The total lunar eclipse begins at about 3:25 am Pacific daylight time.
Consider a visit to your local library for books about the Moon and lunar eclipses. Suggested titles can be found at Explore! Marvel Moon.
The book “Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters” was created with the NASA Lunar Science Institute and features tactile diagrams of the lunar surface designed to educate the blind and visually impaired about the wonders of Earth’s moon. The first reprintings of this publication have run out, but a text-only version and an audio file of the book are available to download.
The Digital Access to a Sky Century at Harvard (DASCH) project is looking for digital volunteers to transcribe the logbooks that document the most important discoveries in astronomy in the early 20th century. More than 100 logbooks containing about 10,000 pages of text need to be transcribed. Participate in this new “citizen scientist” initiative and help preserve astronomical history.
Online registration for the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation of “Gravity” on September 18 is now open. The link to the online registration page is located near the bottom of the Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series webpage. Sign up early–seating is limited to 250 for this special free event.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reminds us that September is National Preparedness Month. The USGS provides the science that helps us prepare for natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions and help us make informed decisions when they occur.
The LPI Library has new Mars publications on display, including Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission (2014), Why Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration (2014), and the Geologic Map of Mars (SIM 3292) from the United States Geological Survey (2014).
The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, September 2.
The LPI introduces the second Mars topical website, Mars Polar Science and Exploration. It is intended to provide one-stop access to the latest news, information about past and future meetings, a searchable database of Mars polar science peer-reviewed publications and special issues, educational resources, and a variety of other web-based resources, for scientists, students, educators and the general public.