Upcoming Educator and Public Engagement Opportunities

Upcoming opportunities exist for educator and public engagement around the broader topics of NASA planetary exploration. Contact local astronomical societies, planetariums and museums, local scientists, and NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors (solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/directory.cfm). Ask them to join your events and share their experiences or resources with your audience.


Solar Orbiter Launches, February 5, 2020

ESA’s Solar Orbiter first opportunity to launch. Solar Orbiter seeks to solve the mysteries of the 11-year solar cycle and its impact on Earth and the rest of the solar system. Host a launch viewing or solar observing event to highlight the sun’s place in the solar system!


Lyrids Meteor Shower, April 22–23, 2020

The Lyrids Meteor Shower is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher. The shower peaks this year on the night of April 22 and the morning of April 23. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky. Meteor showers provide a great opportunity to discuss comets with your audiences!


Apollo 50th Anniversary

NASA continues to celebrate the Apollo missions and their contributions to the field of planetary science into 2020. Find NASA events and resources at www.nasa.gov/specials/apollo50th.



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].