Visit Our Event Campaign Page The Celestial Event of the Century On August 21, 2017, a spectacular total eclipse of the Sun was visible across the continental U.S. for the first time since 1918. Every state had at least 65% of the Sun covered by the Moon, and lucky people on a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina saw the stunning beauty of totality that they will remember all their lives. By the Numbers It is estimated that the STAR Net Library Eclipse Project allowed 6 million people to observe the event safely. Participating libraries were estimated to have conducted around [...]
Visit Our Event Campaign Page Investigating the Red Planet's Interior Structure The Mars Insight Lander touched down on Mars at around noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern) on Nov. 26, 2018. The lander plunged through the thin Martian atmosphere, heatshield first, and use a parachute to slow down. Then, it fired its retro rockets to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. [...]
Visit Our Event Campaign Page Humanity's First Mission to Touch the Sun NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds. This probe will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions — and ultimately providing humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star.
Visit Our Event Campaign Page Connecting Kids with Astronauts Through Libraries The High Plains Library District, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative, was selected by NASA to host a live In-flight Education Downlink from the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor. The event will be streamed live nationally so that other public libraries can organize their own viewing event. Learn more! Date: October 18, 2018 | Time Range: 10:00am-10:20pm MT* Location: Riverside Library & Cultural Center in Evans, Colorado
Visit Our Event Campaign Page Celebrating 60 Years of Space Exploration In the summer of 2019, 16,000 libraries across the country celebrated space exploration in their summer reading programs. The slogan “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by library professionals to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. The Collaborative Summer Library Program and STAR Net partnered to share STEM resources with these libraries. The 2019 summer learning program coincided with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
Visit Our Event Campaign Page Humanity's First Step Onto Another World What was the sequence of this incredible mission? Where on the Moon did they land? And how did they return safely to Earth? Watch a guided recreation (video to your right) of Apollo 11’s journey to see how this mission was executed by crew members and mission control in Houston. Did your library view the live or recorded webcast? If so, please take a moment to complete the AMNH OpenSpace Audience Survey. This live OpenSpace webcast was brought to you by the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program in partnership with the American Museum of [...]
Visit Our Event Campaign Page Connecting Kids with Astronauts Through Libraries Slover Library, one of the most technologically advanced libraries in Virginia, was selected by NASA to host a live In-flight Education Downlink on August 9, 2019 from the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Nick Hague. Note: Nick is replacing Christina and Drew as the participating astronaut for this event. In the summer of 2019, 16,000 libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs. The slogan “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by library professionals to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own [...]
Visit Our Event Campaign Page Celebrating Library-Afterschool Partnerships Public libraries and afterschool programs share the common goal of providing safe and enriching environments for participating children and engaging families in their communities. Across the country, 10.2 million kids attend afterschool programs where they have access to a healthy snack or a meal, academic help, and enrichment activities like reading, STEM, and art. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. This year afterschool-library partnerships are continuing to be celebrated as an official theme for Lights On Afterschool! [...]
Visit Our Event Campaign Page Constellations: Science and Stories in the Sky Summer is the finest part of the year for stargazing because it offers warm nights and the beauty of the Milky Way running straight overhead. The constellations we see have been passed down to us across generations with patterns that reflect different stories from around the world. As part of STAR Net‘s Sky Stories campaign, the American Museum of Natural History’s own Carter Emmart demonstrated how to identify the constellations and introduce you to a few of these stories while exploring some of the science behind the familiar patterns in the sky. This [...]
Visit Our Event Campaign Page The Perseverance Rover Landing Perseverance will touch down on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at approximately 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST). During landing, the rover plunges through the thin Martian atmosphere, with the heat shield first, at a speed of over 12,000 mph (about 20,000 kph). A parachute and powered descent slow the rover down to about 2 mph (three-fourths of a meter per second). A large sky crane then lowers the rover on three bridle cords to land softly on six wheels. Landing on Mars is hard. Read all about the [...]