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.
Suggestions for Special Sessions at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference scheduled for March 16 – 20, 2015, in The Woodlands, Texas, are being accepted now. Submit your suggestions online by October 3.
Start your day with an image of our fascinating universe along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer at the Astronomy Picture of the Day website.
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 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.