Upcoming Public Event Opportunities

For upcoming educator and public engagement opportunities regarding NASA planetary exploration, contact local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, local scientists, and NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors. Ask them to join your events and share their experiences or resources with your audience.

Perseid Meteor Shower, August 12–13

The Perseid meteors are made of pieces from comet Swift-Tuttle and appear to originate from the constellation Perseus, hence their name. In 2021, the Perseids will peak on the night between August 12–13. For more information about the Perseids, visit https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/small-bodies/meteors-and-meteorites/perseids/in-depth.

Lucy Mission Launch to the Trojan Asteroids, October 16

Lucy will be the first space mission to explore the Trojan asteroids. Conduct a public event to celebrate the launch of this historic mission. For more information, visit http://lucy.swri.edu/.

International Observe the Moon Night, October 16

The 2021 International Observe the Moon Night will be held on October 16. International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an event. For more information, visit https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/.

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].