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The Planetary Society creates and participates in events to bring the excitement of space exploration to public audiences. From our world-wide Planetfests to lectures in small-town libraries to hanging a solar-sail blade in Rockefeller Center in New York, we are constantly finding new ways involve our members in the excitement of space exploration.

Upcoming Events

August 21, 2017
Slooh LIVE Eclipse Webcast

If you can’t make it to an event along the path of totality, you can watch totality happen LIVE via slooh.com. Slooh is your interface to outer space. You can control online telescopes, watch LIVE streaming events, participate in the community and more. For the 2017 North American Eclipse they will be broadcasting totality live from the Elk Creek Campground in Idaho.

August 21, 2017, From 9 am EST until 5 pm EST (Maracaibo, Venezuela)
GRAN ECLIPSE PARCIAL DE SOL, MARACAIBO, VENEZUELA, AGOSTO 21 2017

Free public event for the solar eclipse in Maracaibo, with speakers, solar telescopes, and activities for children

August 21, 2017, 16:30 BST (Natal, Non-USBrazil)
O Grande Eclipse Norte-americano

Public observation of the Great American Eclipse in Natal, Brazil.

August 21, 2017
Planetary Radio Live from Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Mat Kaplan of Planetary Radio will enjoy the eclipse from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The school's August 19-21 celebration will include an Eclipse ComicCon, Astronomy, Science & Technology Expo, and a Planetary Radio Live stage show on Sunday, August 20th. Mat will host the live stadium show the next day as 50,000 campus visitors and webcast viewers around the world wait for day to become night.

August 21, 2017
Bill Nye at Homestead National Monument

Join our CEO Bill Nye, Dr. Amy Mainzer from JPL, and Ready Jet Go! (PBS Kids) at Homestead National Monument in Nebraska. Nye will join Park Rangers and celebrated science educators onsite in the path of totality and on stage to welcome visitors as they enjoy totality. Ready Jet Go! will help lead the crowd through the 90 minutes of eclipse phases through a series of demonstrations, Q&A with Dr. Amy Mainzer, songs from the series, a countdown to Eclipse Totality, and explanations of what to look, feel, and listen for as the shadow of the total solar eclipse descends over Homestead.

 

Past Events

March 4, 2017, 2:00pm PDT to 10:00pm PDT (Los Angeles, California United States)
Public Stary Party

Come join your Planetary Society volunteers as we host a free, family-friendly star party on the lawn of the Griffith Observatory! During the day, enjoy gazing at the sun through our solar telescopes. Once night approaches, we will be able to see the moon, the planets, and stars of the season. Engage with your fellow space-enthusiasts as we observe what the universe has to offer us! We look forward to seeing you all there!

February 16, 2017, 7:30–9:30 PM (Pasadena, California United States)
Incoming! Studying and avoiding near-Earth asteroids and comets

The Planetary Society returns to KPCC In Person's Crawford Family Forum for another Planetary Radio Live hosted by Mat Kaplan. We’ll hear how the sky is being watched and explore the early thinking about how to protect Earth and civilization. There’s a lot of work under way, from spacecraft that visit these miniature worlds to the hundreds of amateur astronomers who help find and track them.

January 10, 2017, 5:00pm PDT to 8:00pm PDT (Pasadena, California United States)
Volunteer Monthly Meeting

Please join us for our monthly volunteer meeting at the Planetary Society headquarters in Pasadena! We will be discussing upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, as well as receiving updates on Planetary Society activities. We often feature presentations by our own volunteers or guest speakers on a space or science related topic. You will be able to meet and engage with your fellow volunteers over a bite to eat.

December 15, 2016, 7.30pm GMT (Cannock, United Kingdom)
Pale Blue Dot

Odyssey Dramatic Presentation by Andrew Lound. A look at the third planet from the Sun - Earth.

December 13, 2016, 5:00pm PDT - 8:00pm PDT (Pasadena, California United States)
Volunteer Monthly Meeting

Please join us for our monthly volunteer meeting at the Planetary Society headquarters in Pasadena! We will be discussing upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, as well as receiving updates on Planetary Society activities. We often feature presentations by our own volunteers or guest speakers on a space or science related topic. You will be able to meet and engage with your fellow volunteers over a bite to eat.

December 10, 2016, 2pm - 10pm (Los Angeles, California United States)
Public Star Party

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment. Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m.

December 8, 2016, 7.30pm GMT (Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom)
Lunatick Astronomy

Odyssey Dramatic Presentation by Andrew Lound. The history of the astronomical activities of the Lunar Society in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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