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Join the Night Sky Network and Robert Nemiroff on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern for a tour of the highlights from the Astronomy Picture of the Day archive for 2022.

Along with Jerry Bonnell, Robert Nemiroff has written, coordinated, and edited NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) since 1995.  The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.   

Speaker Information

Dr. Robert Nemiroff is a professor of physics at Michigan Tech.  He worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland before coming to Michigan Tech. He is perhaps

The Goddard Earth Sciences Division is proud to present a webinar on "Anxiety": Beyond "Worry"
Cognitive-behavioral counseling 
Solution-focused interventions

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, at Noon (Eastern)

The terms worry and anxiety are often used interchangeably. This presentation focuses on the differences between the two and highlights ways to decrease anxiety levels. 

Jane Gurganious is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and an employee assistance specialist. She is a board-certified supervisor and has 30 years of clinical experience counseling individuals, groups, and families in a variety of settings.

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Goddard will celebrate Earth science with presentations in October. These talks will not be recorded.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Brian Campbell will talk about how NASA GLOBE Program volunteers, from students to
teachers to enthusiasts, have been taking tree height measurements and observations using
handheld clinometers and the NASA GLOBE Observer App Trees Tool. He will also highlight
the upcoming NASA GLOBE Trees Challenge 2022: Trees in a Changing Climate.

Tuesday, Oct. 11
Akiko Elders will talk about how remote sensing affords the opportunity to monitor and
evaluate data-scarce regions where field collection efforts are costly. A current project uses
multiday

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, October 18 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern as Jackie Faherty from the American Museum of Natural History tells us about the JWST will enhance our understanding of low mass stars, and exoplanets.

The James Webb Space Telescope is a game changer for astronomy. However, the influence that this momentous telescope has varies on each subfield.  One area of science that JWST will be particularly impactful is substellar astrophysics, or the study of objects that do not have stable hydrogen burning.  Often called brown dwarfs, these objects do not have enough mass to ignite

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, November 15 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern as Dr. Francis Halzen from the University of Wisconsin-Madison tells us about IceCube, a neutrino observatory located at the South Pole in Antarctica.

With funding from the National Science Foundation the IceCube project at the South Pole melted eighty-six holes over 1.5 miles deep in the Antarctic icecap to construct an enormous astronomical observatory. The experiment discovered a flux of neutrinos reaching us from the cosmos, with energies more than a million times those of neutrinos produced at accelerator laboratories. These cosmic neutrinos are astronomical messengers

SMD Bridge Program Workshop graphic

The virtual SMD Bridge Program Workshop is scheduled for October 17–21, 2022. Please see the attached flyer for details.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring all stakeholders in the NASA SMD Bridge Program together to build on the framework established by the Bridge Program Workshop Organizing Committee (BPWOC) and collaboratively co-create a program that increases the diversity of the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

Agenda

A detailed schedule is available by viewing the agenda.

Registration

Registration fees are not being collected for this virtual workshop, but registration is required for communication purposes, including virtual

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @ 1:30pm EDT (5:30pm UTC). Planting Roots and Leaving a Legacy Behind and Setting the Research Stage for Year 5 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Focus: North America. 

This webinar will be the final webinar for Year 4 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. Next month (October 2022) will begin Year 5. During this webinar, we will have several guest speakers, led by teacher Julie Houck, of Defiance Elementary School in Defiance, Ohio. Julie will begin by discussing how she and her students have used resources as a GLOBE teacher to reach

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Monday, September 19 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern as Dr. Joseph Lazio from NASA JPL shares how NASA’s Deep Space Network helps in our exploration of the Solar System and beyond!Nearly every image of another planet that was taken by a NASA spacecraft has been transmitted to us through one or more antennas of NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN).  For almost the past 60 years, the DSN has been guiding spacecraft to their destinations across the Solar System, sending them commands for actions to take upon reaching their destinations, and receiving the data

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Focusing on Students and Educators as they prepare for Year 5 of the Campaign and the 2023 GLOBE IVSS: Featuring Highlights from the U.S. Forest Service’s Tree Canopy Cover Layer and U.S. Tree Mapping and Monitoring. Focus: North America. 

 

This webinar will bring the campaign to the GLOBE North America Region with a focus on activities that can assist students and teachers, from all across GLOBE, with their tree, land cover, greenings, and carbon cycle research, as part of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. We will have a guest

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The NASA-funded CosmicDS team is seeking a part-time astronomy educator/curriculum designer to participate in the development of online resources for teaching data science to the public. Candidates should have experience with software development. If they are familiar with github, open source development or web design, that will be a big plus.

The benefits-eligible position is for 2 years at 0.7 FTE, with the possibility of an extension through December 2025 and is based in Cambridge, MA. Depending on funding availability and fit, the Science Education Department at the Center for Astrophysics may have separate projects that could provide additional

The SciAct community and Night Sky Network members are invited to join Dr. Kelly Korreck on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern, when she will give us an update on the Parker Solar Probe.

What is faster than a speeding bullet?  What can fly through turbulence without fastening its seat belt?  What can tell us about the origins of our solar system at the same time performing its main mission to understand our closest star?  NASA’s Parker Solar Probe! The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) spacecraft was designed to solve 3 mysteries of the sun

TheSciAct community and Night Sky Network members are invited to join Dr. Brian Grefenstette on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00 PM Eastern, when he will share with us a decade of discoveries from NuSTAR.

 NuSTAR is a NASA Small Explorer (SMEX) mission that, when launched in 2012, was the first space telescope capable of focusing high energy X-rays. This has brought about a golden era of X-ray astronomy, including fundamental advancements in the study of black hole physics, stellar explosions, and some of the highest energy phenomena in the cosmos. In this webinar we will

Join Dr. Eliot Quataert and the Night Sky Network on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:00 PM Pacific / 9:00PM Eastern, when he will discuss the 2020 Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics, released in late 2021, that identifies the most compelling science goals and presents an ambitious program of ground- and space-based activities for future investment in the next decade and beyond.

Every decade, the National Academy of Sciences, at the request of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy, and NASA,  undertakes a survey of astronomy and astrophysics.   The purpose of the survey is to

James Webb Space Telescope’s Program Manager, Greg Robinson has been nomination for the Federal government employee’s highest award.  Nicknamed the “Sammies,” folks can vote daily through May 23 (first round). Here is the voting site: https://servicetoamericamedals.org/peoples-choice-award/

And more about Greg:

https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/2022/05/02/nasas-gregory-robinson-named-finalist-for-service-to-america-medal/

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The Earth to Sky Interagency Partnership, in collaboration with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Grand Canyon National Park, is excited to announce an upcoming course for interpreters, informal educators, and Tribal professionals on the Colorado Plateau!

Earth to Sky courses bring together NASA and regional climate scientists with participants to learn about the latest global and regional climate research, explore techniques for successful climate change interpretation and communication, and learn, network, and collaborate with local peers. Participants will explore relationships between culture and climate on the Colorado Plateau, investigate local climate impacts and responses, and leave with a plan for bringing

The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP), happening now, from 22 April through 22 May 2022. Everyone, from students to educators to citizen scientists can participate in the IOP by collecting Tree Height and Land Cover observations, using the traditional GLOBE protocol observations and/or the NASA GLOBE Observer App. Your observations will add significantly

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 11:00am EDT (3:00pm UTC, 5:00pm CEST, 6:00pm Arabian Standard Time). Highlighting Biometry Measurements Through Student Research Projects and Online Tools within the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia and GLOBE Near East and North Africa Regions. Region Focus: Near East and North Africa and a return to GLOBE Europe and Eurasia. 

Join the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign as we enter the GLOBE Near East and North Africa Region. We will showcase some exciting student research projects from this region, as well as have student presenters returning from the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Region,

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NSF Survey Researcher Fellowship

https://zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/NSF-NCSES-2022-0002

The National Science Foundation (NSF), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) provides policy makers and the public high-quality information on the science and engineering enterprise.

What will I be doing?

As part of the fellowship, you will identify or draft measurement items, test these measures, and ultimately field a fully tested questionnaire on an online panel of respondents to generate data for a future Public Perceptions of Science (PPS) chapter in NCSES Science and Engineering Indicators (SEIs). You will draft measurements of a respondent’s: level of science literacy, exposure to science, science information-seeking

Night Sky Network and NASA community members are invited to join Colby Ostberg on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 6:00 PM Eastern / 9:00PM Pacific, when he will present his talk: Venuses Near and Far: How the study of exo-Venuses will be complementary to in-situ Venus missions like DAVINCI.

Venus represents a curious case of planetary evolution. It is the most similar planet to Earth in the solar system in terms of size and mass, yet its current climate is the antithesis of habitable. Recent works have added to the mystery of Venus' past, showing that Venus could have maintained

Black Hole Week

Black Hole Week is coming up on May 2-6! This is a week where communications teams around the world will be celebrating black holes in all their glory. The NASA Goddard AstroComms Team is organizing the week and NASA’s involvement. However, this activity isn't limited to NASA — organizations from across the globe will be participating including NSF, LIGO, ESA, NRAO, and NOIRLab.

There will be news releases, videos, and loads of social media posts throughout the week. Those of you on social media, please feel free to join the conversation using the hashtag #BlackHoleWeek. The @NASAUniverse accounts on Facebook

The NASA community and Night Sky Network members are invited to join Dr. Kelly Lepo on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 6:00 PM Eastern / 9:00PM Pacific, to hear about what we might expect when the JWST returns its first images and the science return in the telescope’s first year of operations. 

The James Webb Space Telescope, NASA's latest flagship space observatory, launched in December 2021 and is ready to explore the universe. In this presentation, Dr. Lepo will provide an update on the telescope’s status, discuss the challenges of infrared astronomy, and how Webb will address these challenges while

The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP) from 22 April through 22 May 2022. You can participate in the IOP by collecting as many Tree Height and Land Cover observations as you wish, using the GLOBE protocol observations and/or the GLOBE Program's app, GLOBE Observer. We are hoping to get as much

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The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP) from 22 April through 22 May 2022. You can participate in the IOP by collecting as many Tree Height and Land Cover observations as you wish, using the GLOBE protocol observations and/or the GLOBE Program's app, GLOBE Observer. We are hoping to get as much concentrated

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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Solar Eclipse Task Force invites you to join us for a virtual eclipse-planning workshop to be held Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 2022, online via Zoom. This event will bring together astronomers, educators, local and state officials, and others involved (or wanting to become involved) in preparing their communities for the 2023 and 2024 North American solar eclipses. Each day’s program will run from 9 am to 2 pm PDT (12 pm to 5 pm EDT).

The workshop will feature talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions on strategies for eclipse-related engagement. Several sessions will focus on

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Just a reminder: the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Advancing IDEA in Planetary Science virtual conference is Feb 23. Details about this conference were in this post, and can be found at https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/advancingidea2022.  

The conference is scheduled for April 25–29, 2022.

Purpose and Scope

Recently, there has been a transformation of thought in the planetary and astrobiological sciences regarding the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). NASA and other planetary science stakeholders have committed to fostering IDEA principles throughout their agencies and funded programs. NASA has added language to standard Announcements of Opportunity, requested information

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