Science Fiction Stories with Good Astronomy & Physics: A Topical Index

An updated guide to science fiction stories with reasonable astronomy and physics (organized by science topic) is now available at the website of the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Included are stories by a number of astronomers who are publishing scientifically accurate science fiction.

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Multiverse Unheard Voices Series: Newly Updated Resources

Newly updated resource guides in the Unheard Voices series, “The Astronomy of Many Cultures” and “Women in Astronomy” can be found at the Multiverse website. These provide written, web-based, and audio-visual resources about multicultural approaches to astronomy and the role of women in history and in current research in the field. Multiverse is also the home of the NASA SMD Heliophysics EPO Forum.

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New Eclipse Resource Guide

A new guide to educational resources about eclipses in general and the upcoming, “Great American Eclipse of the Sun” in 2017 is now available.

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FameLab USA Season 3 Online Competition

Calling all early career scientists! Passionate about science? Love to Communicate… or want to learn how? Been wanting to do FameLab but couldn’t make any of the in-person heats? THIS is your chance…join us for the FameLab USA Season 3 Online Competition! Submit a YouTube video of your 3-minute, powerpoint-free presentation by March 16th, join our live, online event on March 18th and get feedback directly from the judges. For more information on how to join and prepare your video, visit the FameLab website and/or email Daniella Scalice (NASA Astrobiology Program) with any questions at

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NASA reviewed SDO Project Suite Curriculum Now Available!

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is pleased to announce that the NASA reviewed SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) Project Suite curriculum is now available for download. The SDO Project Suite is an NGSS-aligned middle school curriculum that integrates new and adapts existing solar science resources, which can be completed as a coherent unit or as individual activities. The SDO curriculum consists of a series of four student-led Solar Modules that provide a real-world and interactive exploration of the Sun, solar activity, and space weather:
• Module 1: Introduction to the structure and features of the Sun.
• Module 2: Investigate how and why the Sun is studied via the electromagnetic spectrum and magnetism.
• Module 3: Explore the significance of solar activity and the effects of space weather on Earth.
• Module 4: Student collaboration to design, create, and curate a 3-D Solar Exhibit summative assessment
Please contact Jennifer Taylor (Curriculum Development & Project Coordinator, CIRES Education Outreach at the University of Boulder Colorado) at (303) 492-5520 or if you are interested in implementing part or the entire curriculum. CIRES welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with partners in both formal and informal educational settings.

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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures: New Talks

New talks by noted astronomers are now available on the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series YouTube channel. Recent lectures include: Mark Showalter (SETI Institute; the discoverer of two of Pluto’s moons) on the upcoming New Horizons encounter with Pluto; Caleb Scharf (Columbia) on “The Copernicus Complex;” Michael Bicay (NASA) on “A Decade of Spitzer Space Telescope Results;” and Chung-Pei Ma (University of California, Berkeley) on “Monster Black Holes.” This lecture series is cosponsored by NASA’s Ames Research Center. Audio-only Podcasts are also available for download at

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Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists Award Announced (March 13, 2015)

Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists ( will be presenting its first Youth Environmental Science (YES) Medal to Dr. Barrett Rock at the NSTA Meeting, Friday, March 13, at 3:30 PM. Dr. Rock is receiving the award for founding New England Forest Watch and serving as the first Chief Scientist of GLOBE. The YES Medal is presented annually in recognition of a significant contribution to youth learning as citizen environmental scientists. The NSTA meeting will take place in room Burnham C in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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The People Have Spoken: NASA Visualization Explorer Wins 2015 Vizzie Award!

NASA’s Visualization Explorer (NASA Viz) app has been awarded a People’s Choice Award for Games & Apps at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Popular Science 2015 Vizzies! NASA Viz is a free iPhone, iPad, and iPod app that provides access to visualizations of current NASA research. Through the app, two visualization-based science stories are released per week about cutting edge research efforts in Earth and Planetary science, Heliophysics, and Astrophysics. The stories present the data visualization work of many NASA groups, including NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, Earth Observatory, JPL and the Space Telescope Science Institute. With a current archive of 375 stories, including animations, explorable images, and descriptive text, NASA Viz makes learning about NASA programs easier than ever. The NASA Viz app and content are developed and produced in-house by an interdisciplinary team. Download the app at

The NSF Vizzies (Visualization Challenge) awards honor work that visually and successfully communicate science and engineering research and phenomena. The Vizzies recognize the finest illustrations, photographs, videos, graphics and apps, whether produced by academic researchers, artists or hobbyists. Read more about the Vizzies at the NSF website and Popular Science.

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NASA “Know Your Earth” Quiz: Soil Moisture is now live!

Take the latest Know Your Earth quiz to test your knowledge about soil moisture.

The launch of SMAP is the culmination of years of hard work. Incorporating new and experimental technology, SMAP breaks new ground for Earth observations, and will help improve weather forecasts, drought monitoring, flood prediction, and more.

With SMAP, global soil science will be getting a huge boost, so make sure you’re informed! Take the quiz here:

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Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshops: Earth and Space Science

The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites high school teachers to attend a series of earth and space science workshops. These one-day workshops will take place at the Harris County Department of Education Science Center in Houston, Texas.

‘Weather and Climate Interactions’
Feb. 5, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Use data-rich activities and hands-on demonstrations to investigate thermal energy transfers and the role of the sun in convection, winds and currents; identify how patterns of atmospheric movement influence weather; and examine the role of oceans in forming hurricanes. The workshop includes a variety of formative assessment strategies.

‘Our Celestial Neighborhood’
Feb. 11, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Explore the relationships and scales of the solar system, Milky Way and our universe, and examine the characteristics and life cycles of stars, and the variety and properties of galaxies.

A workshop registration fee of $30 includes extensive presentation materials, reference materials, hands-on lesson plans for the classroom, refreshments and lunch. Workshop space is limited, and interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Registration for each workshop closes the day prior to the workshop.

For more information and to register to attend, visit

Questions about these workshops should be directed to

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