Space Center Houston will host its first Sensory Friendly Evening designed specifically for children with sensory sensitivities and their families 5:30 – 9 pm on Thursday, April 20. Individuals diagnosed with conditions such as, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder are invited to explore in a reduced sensory environment with modified lightning, music and sound effects. A limited number of tickets are available for this private event to allow visitors to enjoy Space Center Houston without crowds. Find out more and purchase tickets online.
The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a digital library portal for researchers in astronomy and physics. It maintains three bibliographic databases containing indexed and searchable abstracts and full-text of major astronomy and physics publications. Check out the new ADS Bumblebee interface, or use the classic search forms.
Explore the Earth and space with NASA Space Place. It’s a great place for students, parents, and educators to find games, crafts, activities, Fact of the Day, and more.
The Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) features a new image every day that highlights diverse earth science processes and phenomena. EPOD is a service of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).
Fly Your Exoplanet on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)! All ages and skill levels are invited to submit a sketch or graphic of an exoplanet in a provided template. Submissions will fly aboard the TESS spacecraft while it searches the sky for new worlds outside of our solar system. The deadline for submissions is November 20, or when capacity of the drive that will carry submissions to space is reached, whichever occurs first.
The “Eyes on Exoplanets” app will fly you to any planet you wish—as long as it’s far beyond our solar system. It features a fully rendered 3D universe that is scientifically accurate, allowing you to zoom in for a close look at more than 1,000 exotic planets known to orbit distant stars. Download the app, launch, and start exploring.
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22. The Earth Day Network has developed free educational toolkits to support a variety of events.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Earth Science on Mars,” a workshop for middle school science teachers, on June 21–23 at the LPI in Houston. This two-day professional development training will focus on Mars science and exploration, with an extra day for visiting NASA. Workshop registration is free. Apply now!
What’s up in the night sky this April? Jupiter, king of the planets, is visible all night long, and the Lyrids meteor shower peaks on April 22.
Explore alien worlds with the Exoplanet Travel Bureau. A set of colorful “travel posters” for exoplanet destinations helps us envision a day when the creativity of scientists and engineers will allow us to do things we can only dream of now.