Registration is now open for the next Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation. Dr. Jill Tarter of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute will present “SETI: Real vs. Reel” on January 29 at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend. Join us at the LPI for this educational and entertaining event.
You can help HiRISE decide what places on Mars will be photographed next. To suggest a new target, create an account on the Public Suggestion website, then login and submit your suggestions. You can also browse the targets already in the database, including those for past HiRISE images.
The University of Houston-Clear Lake has announced its Spring 2015 Physics Lecture Series. A number of professors and researchers will be presenting talks on a variety of topics, many space-related. University credit is available for attending the series, but members of the general public not pursuing credit are welcome to attend at no charge. All lectures take place Thursday evenings at 7 pm in the Student Services and Classroom Building.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary this year, the Hubble Space Telescope has revisited the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation,” three giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young, massive stars in a small region of the Eagle Nebula. A new image of the famous pillars provides astronomers with a sharper and wider view.
NASA’s annual Space Settlement Contest is underway. The competition is open to all students grades 7th through 12th from anywhere in the world. Details and rules can be found online. All submissions must be received by March 1.
The January 2015 edition of the Mars Exploration Science Monthly Newsletter is now available online.
The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) is hosting the following teacher workshops presented by Christine Shupla of the Lunar and Planetary Institute:
January 14 – Moon Mania: Lunar Phases and Tides (register by January 13)
February 5 – Weather and Climatic Interactions (register by February 4)
February 11 – Our Celestial Neighborhood (register by February 10)
The European Space Agency (ESA) has made available the first Rosetta-related teaching resource for the primary level, targeted at children between the ages of 8 and 11. The resource, Our Solar System: Teacher’s Guide and Pupil Activities, can be found online.