Upcoming Public Event Opportunities

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 (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/directory.cfm) — ask them to join your events and share their experiences or resources with your audience.


60 Years of America in Space, January 29–31, 2018

Marking the launch of the U.S. satellite Explorer 1 (January 31) — and the nation’s first step into space and space science.

Total Lunar Eclipse, January 31, 2018

The eclipse will be visible throughout most of western North America, eastern Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Ocean. For more information, visit https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2018Jan31T.pdf.

Lyrids Meteor Shower, April 22–23, 2018


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 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!

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].