Upcoming 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, NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors (solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/directory.cfm), and ask them to join your events and share their experiences or resources with your audience.
Mars Perseverance Landing
NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover will make its final descent to the Red Planet on February 18, 2021. There are many ways you can take part or engage your audiences in this landing. The Jet Propulsion Lab has posted ideas at https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/landing/.
Lyrids Meteor Shower, April 22–23, 2021
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 21 and the morning of April 22. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra but can appear anywhere in the sky. Meteor showers provide an excellent opportunity to discuss comets with your audiences. For more information, visit www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/#Lyrids.