Seth Shostak’s Lecture Now Online


Did you miss Dr. Seth Shostak’s lecture at the LPI on May 7? He discussed the scientific community’s attempts to work with Hollywood in an effort to make movies more scientifically accurate. This presentation was part of the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s 2014–2015 Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series — “Science” on the Silver Screen. It is now available to watch online.

Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference 2015

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Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Lunar and Small Bodies Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2015) to be held on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the NASA Ames Research Center, preceding the NASA Exploration Science Forum. With the expanded interests of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), the scope of this year’s LunGradCon is expanded to include both lunar and small bodies science. LunGradCon provides an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar and small body science in a low-stress, friendly environment, being critiqued only by their peers. In addition to oral presentations, the conference presents opportunities for professional development and networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of SSERVI. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is June 5th 2015, 11:59 PM PDT.

United States Naval Observatory Online Resources


The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) provides a wide range of astronomical data and products, and serves as the official source of time for the United States Department of Defense and a standard of time for the entire country. The USNO provides a number of online data services (daily Sun and Moon data, dates of primary phases of the Moon, etc.) and astronomical reference material and publications.