There will be a viewing of the planet Mercury as it crosses the face of the sun on Monday, May 9 from 10 am to noon in the parking lot of the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane in Houston. Join us and safely view the sun with a telescope provided by the LPI. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. (Viewing will not take place if skies are cloudy.)
Our education team shared Explore! child and tween activities with librarians attending the 2016 Texas Library Association (TLA) conference in Houston this week, showing them how libraries can incorporate planetary science into their youth programs. A highlight of the booth was the StarLab portable planetarium. Find out more about our education programs online.
Eyes on the Solar System is an interactive that lets you explore the solar system, and the spacecraft exploring the solar system, from 1950 to 2050. There you’ll find solar system tours that focus on specific places or missions, and there are simple and advanced versions and tutorials.
The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) multimedia collection includes surface flyover videos, vodcasts, interactives, image downloads, and more.
Explore the many ways that Mars has found its way into the human imagination at “Pop Culture Mars” from NASA’s Mars Exploration website. Learn how Mars has been part of literature, film and radio, and our daily life. Did you know that “Tuesday” is related to Mars? The Roman god of war was known as Mars, but the English name for the god of war was “Tews.”
Did you know that the LPI has traveling exhibits? Designed for libraries, these banners use colorful images and text to share current lunar and asteroid science and exploration stories. The displays can be used to excite and engage patrons in further exploration through library resources and programs. Find out about current exhibits, loan guidelines, and how to request an exhibit online.
Tomorrow — Saturday, April 16 — is the inaugural Citizen Science Day! Check out the catalog of projects, project toolkit, and ways to join the community at Citizenscience.gov.
Friday, April 22, is Earth Day. This year, NASA wants to capture what people all around the world are doing to protect, improve and celebrate Earth. Take a picture or a short video of whatever Earth-focused activity you are doing on Earth Day and post it on social media with the hashtag . Pictures and videos can be posted to Twitter, Instagram and to the official NASA Facebook Event page. Share your Earth Day!
The Zooniverse team invites you to review and classify surface features found at Mars’ south pole taken from orbit. Help planetary scientists characterize surfaces on Mars by examining images taken with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Context Camera. A Terrain Spotter’s Guide and FAQs are offered as helpful resources.
LPI Senior Staff Scientist Dr. Paul Spudis has a new book coming out. The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon’s Resources, published by Penguin Random House, will be available on April 26. It can be pre-ordered now.