Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko has been in the news a lot lately. How much do you know about comets? NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Science: Comets webpage has lots of resources including a fact sheet, FAQs, mission information, images, and more.
The deadline for submissions to the Humans in Space Art Video Challenge has been extended to Sunday, November 30. Submit a video of any style three minutes or less that explores the question “How will space, science, and technology benefit humanity?”
Need to convey tricky science concepts to others? Try doodling. Simple drawings can be effective at capturing complex ideas and making them more accessible to a broader audience.
The latest entry on the American Geophysical Union’s Plainspoken Scientist blog explains how cartoons can provide visual simplification and enhance science communication.
STEP (Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program) is sponsoring a free Middle School Earth Science Teacher Workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Saturday, November 8, from 9 am to 3 pm. This workshop is specifically geared toward select 8th grade science topics including topography, lunar phases, and seasons. Register now–the event is limited to 30 participants.
Calling all educators! Are you looking for ideas to create new and exciting programs for your audiences? The Lunar and Planetary Institute has created a new website called “Look Up!” containing resources, ideas, and tips for educators looking to create programs centered on solar system events. Visit the website for programming ideas and events happening in 2014 (including Comet Siding Spring’s October 19 close encounter with Mars), 2015, and beyond!
This year’s Earth Science Week will be held from October 12-18 and will celebrate the theme “Earth’s Connected Systems.” Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. Find out more at the Earth Science Week website.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has created an educational poster about terminology used to identify meteors and related phenomena. The poster is available to print for free.
The entire lineup for the 2014-2015 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series has been announced. The films that will be discussed during our look at “Science” on the Silver Screen are Gravity, The Core, Contact, and Europa Report. The season wraps up with Dr. Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute asking, “Movie Science: Who Cares if It’s Wrong?”
All presentations will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and begin at 7:30 pm. A light reception and an opportunity to meet the speaker will follow. The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Join us.
The NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program invites you to apply to become an ambassador to the public for calendar year 2015. The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public engagement effort accomplished by space enthusiast volunteers across the nation who communicate NASA’s exciting discoveries and plans for future exploration of the solar system and beyond to general public audiences. The deadline for applying is September 30, 2014.
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.