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.

Astronomy Day, May 11, 2019

Local astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories will be sponsoring public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.

Jupiter at Opposition, June 10, 2019

At opposition, Jupiter will be visible for much of the night, reaching its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time. Jupiter’s face will be fully illuminated by the Sun and brighter than any other time of 2019. This is a great opportunity to share the Giant Planet and the Juno mission with your community!

Summer Solstice, June 21, 2019, 15:54 UTC

Summer begins in the northern hemisphere, winter begins in the southern hemisphere. Set up solar telescopes to view the Sun with your community and discuss the reason for the seasons!

Summer of Space, Summer 2019

In the summer of 2019, 16,000 libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs. The slogan “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by library professionals. Consider contacting your local public library to determine how you can be involved!

“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 education@lpi.usra.edu.