Summer Science Saturday, July 14, 2018

Our Sun

Featuring the Parker Solar Probe

July 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Kuiper Space Sciences building
1629 E. University Blvd.

The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory’s (LPL) free, annual open house, Summer Science Saturday, will highlight the Sun and the upcoming launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft.


11:00 a.m. Lecture
Parker Solar Probe: A Mission to Touch the Sun,
Professor Joe Giacalone, Co-Investigator for the Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (ISIS) instrument on Parker Solar Probe. The Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.


All day activities

Mission Exhibits

Art by International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), Tucson Chapter

Children's activities will be available throughout the day, provided by:

Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center
Boy Scouts of America
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
Heifer International
Kitt Peak Visitor Center
Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Graduate Students
Planetary Science Institute
The Arizona Native Plant Society, Tucson Chapter
S.Y.STEM Coalition
Texas Instruments
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association (TAAA)
Tucson L5 Space Society
UA College of Science Ambassador Program
UA Insect Collection
UA Mirror Lab Tour at Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab
UA Skin Cancer Institute
Vatican Observatory



Parking is free at the Cherry Avenue Garage. The Cherry Street entrance to the garage is closed.
Please use entrance on E. Enke Drive.