Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Saturday, February 21, from 1 – 3 pm for the next SkyFest event, “Our Star, The Sun!” There will be hands-on activities, and, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, there will be daytime viewing of the Sun through telescopes with special filters. The event is free and open to explorers of all ages, but children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult the entire time they are visiting the LPI.
Did you know that the LPI has a Pinterest page? Check out the Valentine Greetings board with planetary heart images.
In honor of the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s fifth anniversary, NASA has released two videos showcasing highlights from the last five years of sun watching.
Don’t miss the NASA Headquarters Briefing at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference on Monday, March 16, at 5:30 pm. Representatives from the Planetary Sciences Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will address the community.
Interested in using accurate science fiction stories to teach or reinforce astronomy and physics concepts? Astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, has compiled a list that may be helpful.
Learn about every Apollo mission, from Apollo 1 to Apollo 17, with photos, videos, animation, and panoramic views of the lunar surface from NASA’s interactive feature “The Apollo Missions.”
The February 2015 edition of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions. The interactive exhibitions are designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for all ages. Each exhibition will travel to eight sites in 2016 and 2017. Application deadline is April 7, 2015.
If in Houston, attend the next Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture presented by Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer. Her talk, “Dare to Dream: Travels of a Private Space Explorer,” will be held on Friday, February 6, at 4:00 pm in McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, on the Rice University campus. The general public is invited.