Upcoming Public Event 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.


NASA: 60 Years and Counting


From 2018 through 2022, NASA is marking a series of important milestones including the 60th anniversary of the agency’s founding.

Transit of Mercury, November 11,  2019


This transit will be visible to observers in the U.S., New Zealand, Europe, Africa and western Asia. This event is a great opportunity to discuss the sun, Mercury, and/or the scale of the solar system with your communities!


50th Anniversary, Apollo 12 Landing, November 19, 2019


This November marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 12 landing on Oceanus Procellarum. Apollo 12 provided the first opportunity to study the Moon extensively within a radius of 0.5 kilometers of the landing site. The LPI has compiled a sample of its Apollo and future exploration resources, as well as public engagement resources at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/apollo50/.

Geminids Meteor Shower, December 13–14, 2019


The Geminids Meteor Shower is produced by dust particles left behind by asteroid 3200 Phaethon. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini. The shower peaks this year on December 14; however, viewing will be less than ideal given the waning gibbous phase of the Moon. Meteor showers provide a great opportunity to discuss small bodies with your audiences!

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].