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On September 26, 2020, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in International Observe the Moon Night, an annual worldwide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to planetary science and exploration.

  • 3,735 events and observers registered worldwide (doubled 2019 registration)
  • moon.nasa.gov went from #39 to #14 among NASA's most-visited websites for September
  • @NASAMoon shared content...

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Keeping Watch on Planet Earth

Live Webcast: October 15, 2020, 4 pm EDT

Promotional poster for "Keeping Watch on Planet Earth" webcast. Event title in white text on right of image. Below the title, are logos for OpenSpace and StarNet NASA @ My Library. On the left of the image is a visualization of the Earth from space created using the OpenSpace software.

Set a reminder and tune in on YouTube: https://youtu.be/p0LI9LS7o-Q​

Since its beginning, NASA has been watching Earth’s weather, atmospheric conditions, land use, and, over time, climate.

Join American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a live flight to view Earth as seen by satellites, and how its ecological system is divided into major life zones. 

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  • 1,238 teachers/students registered for Red Sox Virtual STEM Day on September 29, 2020 which was led by NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division (SSED).
  • The event consisted of a mix of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and planetary-related videos alongside a live Q&A with Goddard SSED scientists and outreach professionals who answered 82 questions from students in the New England area.
  • The program is archived on the Red Sox YouTube channel and has 4,400+ views.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 9:00am EDT (1:00pm UTC, 3:00pm CET): Educators and Students Aligning Greenings and Tree Height: A Collaboration Between the European Phenology Campaign and the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. 

This webinar will highlight the collaboration between both campaigns, with a focus on taking tree height measurements/observations at the same time participants take greenings (green up/green down) measurements. The leads for the European Phenology...

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On September 26, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) connected with thousands of participants from around the world during NASA's International Observe the Moon Night Live Stream event. The event was led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Five scientists from Astromaterials shared the work facilitated at NASA's Johnson Space Center. This included a virtual tour of our Apollo Lunar Laboratory, stories of Apollo samples, details on work with the Apollo Next...

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The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Team, in partnership with the NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC), participated in a launch exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Launch in February 2020.

The three day event took place from February 6-8th under the Atlantis Shuttle Exhibit reaching over 800 visitors.

To help showcase the Solar Orbiter Mission & highlight other missions to...

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Over 500 middle school girls and their parents participated in Rice University’s Reach for the Stars event held on Saturday, October 12, 2019. This annual event encourages girls to pursue academic achievement and careers in STEM.

ARES staff showcased meteorite hand samples, a lunar touchstone and Apollo replica tools. They also provided insight into their career path to NASA. The team also facilitated a hands-on activity session that enabled 60 girls an opportunity to learn more about...

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Astronomy Online: Solar Storms

Friday, October 2, 2020, 1 pm EDT

Poster for American Museum of Natural History's Astronomy Online: Solar Storms. Solar weather is visualized as lines in blue and green emerging from an orange-red Sun. White text on the right of the poster reads: Astronomy Online: Solar Storms / Live Watch Party / #StayHome & #LearnWithMe"

What risks do solar storms pose for astronauts in space? 

Join Carter Emmart, the American Museum of Natural History's Director of Astrovisualization, and Leila Mays, deputy director of the Community Coordinated Modeling Center at NASA Goddard, to explore how scientists protect astronauts from space weather and why our Sun’s dynamic activity affects human space travel.

Bring your questions for our presenters and...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC; 8:00pm CEST): New Jersey Pinelands: The Nation's First National Preservation Area. Congress created the Pinelands National Reserve (PNR) through the passage of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. Mr. John Moore, Executive Director at the Institute for Earth Observations at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, will discuss how the PNR is listed as the first National Reserve in the nation. Discussion on the PNR being approximately 1.1 million...

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The 2020 Community Cloud Challenge: Science is Better Together (July 15 - August 15, 2020), led by the NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley, asked participants around the world to learn, discover and, when safe, collect GLOBE cloud observations.  This year, participants could join a video watch, do an at-home activity, or collect observations to participate due to COVID-19 (https://observer.globe.gov/cloud-challenge-2020).

Weekly videos with NASA experts and GLOBE educators featured...

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Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been tens of thousands of data, submitted to the GLOBE database, that align to the campaign. Aligning to the campaign means that the students have collected data, analyzed their data, and developed...

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WGBH, through its Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms project, is offering K-12 educators a three-part webinar series on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Katie Novak, Ed.D., author of eight best-selling books on Universal Design for Learning and Mirko Chardin, co-author with Dr. Novak on "Equity by Design: The Power and Promise of UDL," will lead a series of three one-hour webinars on Universal Design for Learning.  Participants will learn more about a framework to help...

Saturday, September 26 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join people around the world to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon.

You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. Attend or host a virtual or in-person event, or observe the Moon from home. The Moon will be close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.

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Field Trip: Comets

August 21, 2020, 1 pm EDT

The night sky has been a spectacular show lately, with the appearance of Comet NEOWISE in July and the Perseids annual meteor shower this month. Join American Museum of Natural History planetary scientist Marina Gemma and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a virtual field trip to visit see some of these space objects up close. Find out what comets and meteors can reveal to scientists studying our solar system, and why and how you can spot...

NASA STARS en Español developed from a growing need to promote awareness of NASA’s diverse career opportunities for minority populations and highlight Hispanic professionals as role models in STEM careers. It was only appropriate to do it Spanish.

 

We are excited that CCRI Educator, Alejandro Mundo, will be featured on NASA STEM STARS en Español!

 

Please join us on Monday 8/10 at 1:30 pm EDT following this link:

 

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NASA STEM Stars en Español is part of a web-chat series that connects students with subject matter experts to learn about STEM careers and ask questions about STEM topics. NASA STARS en Español developed from a growing need to promote awareness of NASA’s diverse career opportunities for minority populations and highlight Hispanic professionals as role models in STEM careers. It was only appropriate to do it Spanish.

To join the event, please use the following link:

Astromaterials scientist, Liz Rampe, presented a webinar titled “Curiosity Rover Update & Preview of Mars 2020” facilitated by Paige Graff and Suzanne Foxworth.  A total of 160 live participants and 100+ archive registrants from 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South Africa were reached by this event.  Numerous SMD Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers, Solar System Ambassadors, Museum staff, Librarians, Challenger Learning...

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Mentes Curiosas en la NASA (Curious Minds at NASA) is a new weekly segment of an educational show, Mentes Curiosas, airing in Panamá through a collaboration between the public media TV station SER-TV and the U.S. Embassy in Panamá. It focuses on introducing children and families to STEM and NASA Hispanic Role Models.

Episodes of Mentes Curiosas en la NASA during May-June featured NASA scientist Dr. Erika Podest, NASA oceanographer Dr. Jorge Vazquez, NASA JPL communications...

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Follow Perseverance to Mars (OpenSpace & NASA @ My Library Livestream)

June 30, 4 pm EDT

The Perseverance Rover will launch this summer (July 17 – Aug. 5, 2020) and head to Jezero Crater, where it will land at the foot of a river delta which was clearly a lake at the time microbial life was flourishing on Earth.

The American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart will lead us on an exploration of this exciting landing site as we fly over it together...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 10:00am EDT (2:00pm UTC): The Baobab Trees in South Africa as a Symbol of Life and Positivity: A historical link to humans through medicine and food. The Baobab is a prehistoric species of tree, which predates both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Native to the arid African savannah, the Baobab tree has a historical link to humans through medicine and food. Finn Rautenbach, a horticulturist, botanist and former curator at the...

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Field Trip: Moon

June 12, 1 pm EDT

Earth's Moon as visualized in OpenSpace. Six emblems on the surface indicate where the Apollo missions landed.

Join the American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a live virtual space fight to our Moon. Experience the phases of the Moon as never before and visit landing sites of NASA’s Apollo and Chinese Lunar Exploration programs, including on the far side of the Moon, to find out why these missions play an important role in advancing science on Earth. Discover clues about the...

The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in collaboration with the Earth Institute, invites you to a special EI LIVE “MASC Snowflake ID” presentation.
The purpose of the project is to involve students and the public in the science of snowflake classification through Zooniverse while simultaneously building a dataset that will be used to "teach" machine-learning algorithms to identify other, larger sets of snowflakes automatically. The detailed structure of snowflakes tells us a lot...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 @ 4:00 EDT (8:00pm UTC, 10:00pm CEST): GLOBE IVSS and Club de Ciencias Huechulafquenin Argentina: An overview of the combination of trees, land cover, water quality, and mosquito habitats. Join students from the Club de Ciencias Huechulafquenin in Argentina as they discuss their GLOBE research of trees, land cover, water quality and mosquito habitats. The students have been taking many GLOBE protocol observations to help construct a comprehensive picture of what is...

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Aileen Toback, a seventh-grade life science teacher at Heritage Middle School in New Windsor, NY, is also a NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador. Ms. Toback has been participating in meetings with NASA scientists and engaged her students in a snowflake classification project which is part of NASA climate change research. Ms. Toback was recently featured on Times Herald-Record.

To read the full article, please visit:

Brian Campbell and Dorian Janney took part in the 2020 COSI Virtual Science festival, May 6 – 9, 2020, through Facebook Live and Video Premiere events. The festival was, “A Community Celebration of Science,” a four-day community festival that engaged learners of all ages – bringing science to people where they live, work, and lounge – to inspire curiosity and further exploration. Brian’s and Dorian’s features included NASA and GLOBE Program information and  have reached thousands of...

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