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On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the Pacific Ocean and make landfall in Chile. The Exploratorium will have a team waiting at the Cerro Tololo Observatory to capture this event live and make it available via satellite or the web. One hour English and Spanish language programs begin at 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT. Telescipe only feed of entire eclipse begins at 12:00pm PDT, 3:00pm EDT. Totality begins at 1:38pm PDT, 4:38pm EDT. Feed information:

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All are welcome to join the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a project led by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team, for a free webinar on June 18  at 3pm EST about climate dynamics. Randal Koster will discuss “Soil Moisture in the Climate System” and Andy Lacis will discuss “Atmospheric Radiation.” The lecture series is designed to aid students, teachers and...

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NASA Space Science Education Constorium (NSSEC) attended the Maker Faire Bay Area from May 17-19, 2019, along with over 125,000 other attendees that specialize in makerspaces and education technology.

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  • On May 18th, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) talked to participants at the Prince George’s Philharmonic performance.
  • The evening’s featured work was Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • GSFC SSED provided two exhibits which greeted audience members as they arrived:
    • Moon & Mars
      • Mars crustal...

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NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the MLA/DLA annual conference May 1-3, 2019 in Cambridge, MD.

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Death Valley’s unique landscape and dark skies help us glimpse and better understand the wonders beyond our world. The Death Valley Dark Sky Festival celebrates these resources and the rich heritage of NASA science and engineering research conducted in the park. The 2019 event drew about 2,500 visitors, with positive reports from visitors, scientists, and rangers involved. The event is a collaboration of NASA, the National Park Service, the Death Valley Natural HIstory Association, and many...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
3:00PM – 5:00PM Eastern Time (New York City, NY, United States)

  • The Importance of Understanding the Last Glacial Maximum for Climate Change by Dorothy Peteet
  • Chemistry–Climate Interactions in a Changing Environment: Wildfire in the West and the US Warming Hole by Loretta J. Mickley

Please register for the webinar at the following link:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/8d28b198f1cf5c9f7c24e00bf0acd2b8
After registering, you will receive...

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  • On May 4, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in the Planet Walk event on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail.
  • Walkers, runners, and bikers had the opportunity to learn about the planets, asteroids, and the Sun at activity tables that were stationed along a scale model of the solar system.
  • A 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing astronomy café followed the daytime activities.
    • Two...

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What Greens Up, Must Green Down: Greenings Live from Switzerland.

GLOBE Master Trainer, Markus Eugster, and his students from the Sekundarschule Uzwil in Switzerland have been conducting Greenings (Green-Up and Green-Down) research during their tree investigations. Monitoring the the beginning and ending of the growing season of trees helps scientists track plant growing seasons. One way to track the change is through a Swiss GLOBE program called PhenoCam, a way to use automated cameras...

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Tree Height, Wetlands, and the Invasive Task Force: Live from New York.

Students and teachers from the Mahopac High School in Mahopac, New York have been studying wetlands around their school and local area for years.  They have recently started taking tree height measurements to add the next level of observations to their wetland research. Invasive species, in New York, continue to have an impact on trees. Students from Mahopac High School, personnel from the Cornell Cooperative...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Lessons from a Southern Old-Growth Bottomland Forest: Live from Congaree National Park.

Congaree National Park (www.nps.gov/cong) protects the largest intact remnant of southern old-growth bottomland (floodplain) forest remaining in North America. Similar forests once covered over 35 million acres of river bottoms in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains and up the Mississippi River Valley. Some of the park’s champion trees are 700 to...

  • On April 26–28, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in Awesome Con (Washington, D.C.’s version of Comic-Con).
  • Dawn Myers of the Restore-L mission lead the NASA GSFC booth while Staci Tiedeken was lead coordinator for the Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) portion.
  • 2019 GSFC SSED panels:
    • Small Steps and Giant Leaps: The Past, Present, and Future of NASA’s Exploration of the Moon
    • There...

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  • On April 22–23, scientists and outreach professionals from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in the Earth Day event at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
  • Travelers, school groups, and the public had the opportunity to learn about NASA Earth and planetary science at this pop-up booth style event.

Our contributions to the event include:

  • Hands-On Activities:
    • Exploring Earth’s Neighbor: The Moon
    • Space Rocks – (OSIRIS-REx...

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A cooperative agreement led by The Astronomical League, to bring the Sky Puppies Observing Program to adults and children. The Sky Puppy Observing Program provides a way for adults to share with youth the wonders of the Universe and to introduce them to the basic information about astronomy and the solar system.

 

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When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019; 4:00PM – 6:00PM Eastern Time (New York City, NY, United States)
Topic: "Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Urban Areas" by Vivien Gornitz
 

Please register for the webinar at the following link:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/7a3d1222423b9a8e7c24e00bf0acd2b8
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the meeting.
 

These presentations are part of a monthly series hosted by CCRUN, a NOAA RISA...

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GLOBE Observer Mosquito Blitz kicks off on Sunday, April 7 and ends on Citizen Science Day, April 13. We invite you, your family and friends to join us in this focused effort to gather observations of mosquito breeding sites.

 

To participate, simply follow these seven steps: 

  1. Grab your mobile phone containing the GLOBE Observer app and open the Mosquito Habitat Mapper.
  2. Go outside to check your local environment for standing water (mosquito breeding sites).
  3. Take a photo of...

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Participate in the 2019 GLOBE AREN Project Wind Speed Engineering Challenge from April 1 – May 31, 2019.  

Challenge:  Engineer a low-cost electronic or non-electronic anemometer (tool for measuring the speed of wind).

The GLOBE Program does not have a protocol for determining wind speed.  The GLOBE Program supports the AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) Project, which utilizes kites to collect data.  In order to safely fly a kite, it is important...

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  • Over one hundred people attended the Lunar Palooza portion of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, TX on March 17th.
  • Scientists and public engagement specialists from NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, and the Science Festival Alliance at MIT discussed lunar science and exploration, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and International Observe the Moon Night with participants.
  • Attendees were able to...

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The NASA eClips™ Team will attend the  Virginia Homeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair March 22-23, 2019 at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. The team will engage families in trivia games about common science misconceptions. This informal group will be invited to sign up to produce NASA Spotlite videos. NASA Spotlites are 90 to 120 second videos that correct common science misconceptions. 

Link to VA Homeschoolers Website - 

April 2019-Land Cover (Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall in the Southern Hemisphere) Begins April 1, 2019!

Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) are focused periods of time where participants are encouraged to collect large amounts of data and enter it in the GLOBE database. Data that is collected during an IOP will provide other GLOBE students, scientists, researchers, and educators large amounts of concentrated data over a short period of time. This can also be referred to as "Data...

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Please join us for the next webinar from the 2018-2019 Lecture Series in Climate Change – Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics

Date: Tuesday February 19th 2019

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm EST

• Projections of Future Drought by Jennifer Aminzade

• Lightning and Climate Change by Colin Price

Webinar Registration Link: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/abe40061c3cd0d6bd746f627e8486654

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NASA’s Moon Data Sheds Light on Earth’s Asteroid – Jan 17, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtPFCwGDa8s

By analyzing data on lunar craters provided by the Diviner instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have made a fascinating discovery about the history of impacts on both the Earth and the Moon. Thenumber of asteroid impacts to the Moon and Earth increased by two to three times starting around 290 million years ago, researchers reported in a January 18 paper...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC): Resources for Trees Research and Guiding Investigative Questions. During this webinar, Forest Research and Professor, Peder Nelson and Campaign Lead, Brian Campbell will introduce some campaign guiding investigative questions that will provide students with questions to answer while collecting and analyzing their GLOBE protocol data.  Also, several major resources, to assist students in extending their data analysis, will be presented,...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 9:00am EDT (1:00pm UTC): Our Connection to the Land: Trees and Forests Through the Eyes of the Salish Tribe of Montana. Oscar Garza and his team will show how GLOBE protocols and citizen science have the potential to help efforts of many communities around the world in their task on language, culture and landscape revitalization and preservation in a dual-learning environment. Many indigenous cultures around the world posses a different perspective about forestry...

  • Over 200 children and their families attended the Walter Reed Holiday Party held December 8th in Bethesda, MD. This event has been held annually for the past 30 years and is an opportunity to bring joy to children with cancer.
  • Staci Tiedeken of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center discussed the OSIRIS-REx mission and had various Earth rocks and meteorites for visitors to analyze and explore.

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