Join us in April for another Cosmic Explorations lecture. LPI postdoctoral fellow Dr. Patricia Craig will present “Mars: Are We There Yet?” on Thursday, April 13. The presentation begins at 7:30 pm at the USRA-Houston building, and as always, it’s free. A reception will follow. If you can’t make it, watch it streamed live through the USRA Ustream channel.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents The Educator Event at the museum on Saturday, January 21 from 8 am to 1 pm. This conference-style event gives educators a unique chance to learn about the educational opportunities provided by museums, educational nonprofits, and local organizations in and around Houston. Attendees will earn three hours of CPE credit by attending a variety of exciting hands-on workshops. Registration is free for all educators. Sign up today.
What’s up for January 2017? This short video from the NASA jet Propulsion Laboratory suggests what to look for in the night sky this month, including a comet, the Moon, Venus, Mars, and Quadrantid Meteor shower.
The Juno mission team invites the public to participate in selecting image targets for JunoCam. Each perijove (or PJ — pass close to Jupiter) may have special constraints, special opportunities, or unique goals the team is trying to meet. Suggest points of interest and give your comments. Get details and view the latest images online. Voting for PJ4 begins on January 19.
The December 2016 issue of the Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin is now available! The cover story is “Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Where Planetary Exploration Began.”
Information for exhibitors interested in participating the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in March can be found on the conference website. Exhibitor registration forms are due by January 31. New this year — exhibitors can register for up to three booths at the same time.
Here is a 4K visualization from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center that shows the Moon’s phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2017, as viewed from the northern hemisphere.