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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' annual Astronomy Days will be virtual this year, with seven days of astronomical programming! Join NCMNS, the Raleigh Astronomy Club, and NASA Langley Research Center to discover the big picture of the universe. There's something for space enthusiasts of all ages! Visit the official event website for full details, including all programs and member benefits: bit.ly/AstronomyDays2020
There will be three presentations using
Astronomy Online: Secrets of Saturn
Virtual family-friendly program from American Museum of Natural History
January 8, 2021, 1 pm EST
Why do our planets form a disk around the Sun? The NASA Cassini mission revealed that Saturn is a natural laboratory for investigating this question and even helped to demonstrate how new solar systems form around far-away stars.
Find out about Cassini’s discoveries with American Museum of Natural History Curator Denton Ebel and planetary...
NASA’s astromaterials sample collections, which include a library of Apollo lunar and Antarctic meteorite samples, are now offered online through a new virtual exploration tool for scientific researchers and the public. The Astromaterials 3D Explorer site offers an unprecedented research tool to engage the public in a new way to explore the significance of NASA’s space rock collections.
Read more here.
Virtual Programs with NASA Scientists were conducted to create memorable experiences, by providing opportunities for patrons to “meet” and engage in meaningful two-way discussions with scientists. Initial evaluation (surveys, polls, interviews) found that the programs benefited the library staff, scientists, and patrons.Download Attachments
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.
- 3,775 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...
On October 15, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientists Dr. Ann Nguyen and Dr. Nicole Lunning shared an overview of the OSIRIS-REx mission at Bennu and a preview of the TAG (Touch-And-Go) event which occurred on October 20th.
The live event reached ~503 students and ~84 educators with an additional ~650 students and ~270 educators registered to watch the archive. Participants were from 35 states, Washington DC, Mexico, Spain, and...Download
On October 3, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener shared his career path to NASA, including his inspiration as a young boy visiting a NASA center, as well as excitement about exploring the Moon. The interactive presentation shared information about the past, present, and future exploration of the Moon and highlighted lunar science and the upcoming International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).
~110 live participants and ~380 archive...Download
On December 4, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team member Ben Feist shared his experience bringing together audio, transcripts, video, and imagery to create the Apollo in Real Time website. The site enables users to experience Apollo missions as they occurred ~50 years ago.
~500 live participants and ~200 archive participants were involved in the event. Participants were from 19 different states and Mexico and included students in grades 2 -...Download
- 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.
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...Download
On September 19 and 22, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) hosted a virtual Girl Scout Badging Event with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) leading interactive activities.
The 2-Session (4-hour) interactive event reached ~45 Girl Scout Cadettes from the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council, in the Houston, TX area. Cadettes completed activities to earn the Space Science Researcher Badge. Science Activation content, connections to Science Mission Directorate (SMD) science,...Download
On August 25, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientist, Dr. Cindy Evans, shared her experiences searching for Meteorites in Antarctica as well as how these rocks from space contribute to ongoing research about our early solar system.
The event, facilitated by the Night Sky Network, reached ~420 live participants. Participants were from 93 different amateur astronomy clubs.Download
On June 9, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Mars Scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Rampe, shared an overview of the Curiosity Rover and a preview of the Mars 2020 Mission.
The event reached ~160 live participants and 110+ archived participants across 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, and South Africa. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers connected with ASU Infiniscope, Solar System...Download
On April 24 & 29, 2020, Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) scientists Andrea Meado & Andy Britton shared how NASA & the world observe Earth from space using astronaut images.
April 24: reached ~111 live and ~136+ archived participants across 30 states, Mexico, and Haiti; April 29: reached ~55 live participants and 54+ archived participants across 29 states, Puerto Rico, and France. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers,...Download
On March 11, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Deputy Apollo Curator, Dr. Juliane Gross, shared details about how lunar sample investigations, including ANGSA & the recently opened core sample, studies of other Apollo samples & meteorites continue to contribute to knowledge about the Moon.
The event reached ~485 student and educator live participants and 504+ archived participants across 18 states. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached...Download
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...Download
The Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) provides hands-on activity sessions and opportunities to connect with NASA content and experts, took place at Space Center Houston from February 6-9, 2020.
The Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) Science Engagement Team reached 200+ educators:
- Conducting a Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Certification workshop as a pre-conference opportunity.
- Participating in the SEEC Expo, in collaboration with other Science...
On January 28, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) meteorite processor, Curtis Calva, shared an overview of the work he does in NASA's Antarctic Meteorite Curation Laboratory. The event reached ~317 live participants and 400+ archived participants across 17 states and Mexico. Participants include classroom students and educators ranging from grades 3-12, in addition to a number of Solar System Ambassadors.
Feedback: "I liked hearing Curtis' story about what he...Download
On December 17, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team member Ben Feist shared the Apollo in Real Time website. This site brings together audio, transcripts, video, and imagery enabling the public to experience Apollo missions as they occurred ~50 years ago. This event reached ~115 participants across 25 states and Mexico.
Numerous Science Activation Team Member target audiences including Solar System Ambassadors, Librarians, Museum Alliance folks, Night Sky...Download
As part of the NASA Exhibit, the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team brought Astromaterials assets including Apollo lunar samples, a carbonaceous meteorite, meteorite hand samples, a replica of the Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis (ANGSA) core tube & more! The ARES team interacted with ~4,600+ visitors throughout the week, many of whom came back day after day. Scientists from ARES also gave Hyperwall talks throughout the week.Download
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...Download
The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team at NASA's Johnson Space Center, collaborating with the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute, brought science alive for 150 Girl Scouts and parents on October 5, 2019 at International Observe the Moon Night.
The event enabled 100 Girl Scouts from the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council area to earn newly released Girl Scout badges developed by the Reach for the Stars Girl Scout Science Activation Team & Girl Scouts...Download
On October 2, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener shared his career path to NASA, including his inspiration as a young boy visiting a NASA center, as well as involvement and excitement about exploring the Moon. The interactive presentation shared information about the past, present, and future exploration of the Moon and highlighted the upcoming International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).
~567 live participants and ~2050 archive...Download
Engage, Explore, Discover: The NASA JSC Astromaterials Science Engagement Team efforts are aimed at sharing and engaging students, educators, the public, and the scientific community with the science, research, curation, and exploration conducted by the Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) Division. This is facilitated through resources available on our website, webinars, outreach events, educator workshops, participation in conferences, programs enabling the borrowing of...
Dr. Gregory Cajete will be speaking on Native Science and Astronomy
Date: September 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 Pacific, 3:00 Eastern
Please note the time on the flyer is Pacific Time.