Topics for Public Engagement

Are you interested in sharing your science and expertise with the public? Education and public engagement opportunities may be available online or in your community. Explore ways to get involved by contacting your local museums and planetariumslibrariesSolar System Ambassadors, or amateur astronomy clubs.

National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2022National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15–October 15, 2023

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with NASA by highlighting the contributions of generations of Latino and Hispanic Americans who have advanced space science and exploration, benefited humanity through innovation, and inspired the world through discovery. Visit Hispanic Heritage Month to learn more.

The Return of OSIRIS-REx

September 24, 2023

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is the first U.S. mission to collect a sample from an asteroid. It will return to Earth on September 24, 2023, with the material it collected from asteroid Bennu. When it arrives, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will release the sample capsule, which will land in the Utah desert. Visit OSIRIS-REx to learn more and get mission updates.

“Ring of Fire” Annular Solar Eclipse

October 14, 2023

On Saturday, October 14, 2023, the Moon’s shadow will pass over Earth’s surface. Viewers in the path of the shadow will observe an annular solar eclipse, or “Ring of Fire.” The eclipse will be visible in the U.S. from Oregon to Texas. Outside of the path of the eclipse, much of North America will have at least a partial solar eclipse. Visit Solar Eclipse to learn more and explore educational activities.

International Observe the Moon Night

October 21, 2023

International Observe the Moon Night is a time to come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide. Everyone on Earth is invited to learn about lunar science andWord document exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon by hosting or attending an event or observing from home. Visit International Observe the Moon Night to learn more and get involved.

Spotlight on Education highlights events and programs that provide opportunities for planetary scientists to become involved in education and public engagement. If you know of space science educational programs or events that should be included, please contact the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Education Department at [email protected].