The Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) announces the 2016 Grants for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology. Students, including graduate and undergraduate students, are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is June 1, and the next award will be made in January 2016.
Space Center Houston announces the Mars Trekker Global Teen Summit, an international conference with unique simulated experiences that allow teens ages 13-17 to explore topics of clean water, renewable energy, food and nutrition in the development of a sustainable community for global citizens on Mars. The summit will be held June 15-20 at Space Center Houston, the NASA Johnson Space Center’s official visitor center, in Houston, Texas. Registration deadline is May 14.
The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light (IYL) by the United Nations. To recognize the start of IYL, the Chandra X-ray Center is releasing a set of images that combine data from telescopes tuned to different wavelengths of light.
Did you know? Our library’s catalog is available online to anyone, anywhere.
The library has a new Earth globe. The globe, produced by Sky & Telescope, was created from imaging data from the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).
If in Houston, attend the Rice University Observatory Open House on Friday, January 23, from 6 – 9:30 pm. Come early to observe brilliant Venus in the west and the crescent Moon, and maybe even get a glimpse of Mercury. Later in the evening view the Orion Nebula, Comet Lovejoy, Mars, Uranus and other objects. The observatory is on the fourth floor of the Brockman Hall for Physics on the university campus.
The European Space Agency presents an eight-minute video called “Destination: Moon,” an overview of lunar exploration.
Check out the January 2015 Planetary Data System Release of Mars HiRISE images. This release covers orbit ranges 38,800—39,199.
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.