Events




2015

June

Pima Air & Space Museum Night Wings
June 27, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E. Valencia Rd
Tucson, Arizona
520-574-0462

Adults $10. Kids 12 and under free. Each Night Wings evening features one "main attraction." Past main attractions included radio-controlled jets, LEGO(c) Robotics, and a fan favorite, the Physics Factory. Refer to our website's online event calendar for the special attractions of upcoming Night Wings events close to the event. There are also 12 to 15 different aviation-related activity stations that will engage children as they learn about flight. Some offer small prizes and others award a prize at the end of the night!


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July

Globe at Night
July 7-16, 2015

Engage people worldwide in observing the nighttime sky. Encourage students and families to participate in citizen-science with a hands-on learning activity. Gather light pollution data from an international perspective to monitor sky brightness and its effects.




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
July 18, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!




Small Bodies of the Solar System Saturday
July 18, 2015

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kuiper Space Sciences
1629 E. University Blvd.

Exhibits: Dawn, New Horizons, OSIRIS-REx

Ongoing activities:

  • 4-H Rockets
  • L-5 Society
  • Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Teaching Teams Program
  • National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
  • OSIRIS-REx
  • Pima Air and Space Museum
  • Planetary Science Institute
  • Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA)

Kuiper Space Sciences Room 308

Pluto and the Kuiper Belt in the Big Picture of the Solar System, Dr. Renu Malhotra, Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, 1:00 p.m.
In the last two decades, planetary scientists discovered that Pluto has many siblings and that they are all part of a super-sized version of the asteroid belt, known as the Kuiper Belt, in the vast space beyond the zone of the giant planets. The New Horizons spacecraft is visiting Pluto in July and will subsequently visit another Kuiper belt object"PT1" (for Potentially Targetable KBO 1), giving us the first close-up look at these worlds in the coldest, darkest regions of the solar system. Professor Malhotra will review the recent discoveries and how they are revolutionizing our knowledge of the solar system.

Dawn of the Dwarf Planet, Dr. Shane Byrne, Associate Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, 2:00 pm
The Dawn Spacecraft is currently investigating the dwarf planet Ceres, after having successfully explored the nearby asteroid Vesta. These two diverse bodies have given us a glimpse into the very beginnings of the solar system when the building blocks of planets like the Earth were being assembled. Vesta had some of the earliest volcanoes, while the ice-rich Ceres likely had an ancient subsurface ocean. Dawn observations today are providing plenty of surprises, Dr. Byrne will discuss Dawn's achievements to date and the ongoing exploration of Ceres.

From 700,000 Asteroids to 1… Why OSIRIS-REx is Going to Asteroid Bennu, Carl Hergenrother, LPL Associate Staff Scientist, 3:00 pm
In September of 2016, the OSIRIS-REx mission will launch on a seven-year mission to collect a sample of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu and return that sample to Earth in 2023. Over the past few decades, the number of known asteroids has exploded to nearly 700,000. LPL Staff Scientist Carl Hergenrother will explain why Bennu was selected as the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission.

Children's Activities
  • Mr. Nature's Storytime @ 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm
  • Santa Rita High School Theatre Department workshop @ 10:30am - noon, an improvisational theatre experience around SciFi! It's interactive, you get to meet other students around your age, and most importantly you get to have fun while maybe learning a thing or two about the great unknown!
  • Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Graduate Students, Egg Drop Contest Starts at 10:15 am, launch 11:15 am
  • UA Poetry Center, fun writing poetry with a science theme, 2:00 pm



Pima Air & Space Museum Night Wings
July 25, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E. Valencia Rd
Tucson, Arizona
520-574-0462

Adults only pay $10. Kids 12 & under are FREE. Each Night Wings evening features one "main attraction." Past main attractions included radio-controlled jets, LEGO(c) Robotics, and a fan favorite, the Physics Factory. Refer to our website’s online event calendar for the special attractions of upcoming Night Wings events close to the event. There are also 12 to 15 different aviation-related activity stations that will engage children as they learn about flight. Some offer small prizes and others award a prize at the end of the night!


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August

Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
August 1, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!




Globe at Night
August 5-14, 2015

Engage people worldwide in observing the nighttime sky. Encourage students and families to participate in citizen-science with a hands-on learning activity. Gather light pollution data from an international perspective to monitor sky brightness and its effects.




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
August 15, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!




Pima Air & Space Museum Night Wings
August 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E. Valencia Rd
Tucson, Arizona
520-574-0462

Adults only pay $10. Kids 12 & under are FREE. Each Night Wings evening features one "main attraction." Past main attractions included radio-controlled jets, LEGO(c) Robotics, and a fan favorite, the Physics Factory. Refer to our website’s online event calendar for the special attractions of upcoming Night Wings events close to the event.

There are also 12 to 15 different aviation-related activity stations that will engage children as they learn about flight. Some offer small prizes and others award a prize at the end of the night!




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
August 29, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!


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September

Globe at Night
September 3-12, 2015

Engage people worldwide in observing the nighttime sky. Encourage students and families to participate in citizen-science with a hands-on learning activity. Gather light pollution data from an international perspective to monitor sky brightness and its effects.




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
September 12, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
September 26, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!


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October

Globe at Night
October 3-12, 2015

Engage people worldwide in observing the nighttime sky. Encourage students and families to participate in citizen-science with a hands-on learning activity. Gather light pollution data from an international perspective to monitor sky brightness and its effects.




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
October 10, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
October 24, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!


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November

Globe at Night
November 2-11, 2015

Engage people worldwide in observing the nighttime sky. Encourage students and families to participate in citizen-science with a hands-on learning activity. Gather light pollution data from an international perspective to monitor sky brightness and its effects.




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
November 14, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
November 28, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!


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December

Globe at Night
December 2-11, 2015

Engage people worldwide in observing the nighttime sky. Encourage students and families to participate in citizen-science with a hands-on learning activity. Gather light pollution data from an international perspective to monitor sky brightness and its effects.




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
December 12, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!




Hard Science Fiction Writers' Group
December 26, 2015

9:00 am
Arizona Inn Library
2200 E. Elm Street

Free!


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