White House Astronomy Night – October 19


The Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced that the White House will host an Astronomy Night on October 19, 2015.  In addition to inviting students and educators to the South Lawn of the White House to stargaze and participate in other hands-on activities, the event will be an opportunity to recognize progress in expanding access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and to highlight inspiring technology and innovation within the broader space exploration industry.


In conjunction with this event, we are inviting the astronomy, science, and education communities around the country to join us in making this a nationwide night of observing.  Colleges and universities, museums, planetariums, amateur astronomy clubs, libraries, and other interested groups all have the opportunity to participate by hosting their own astronomy nights (or other programs) for their local communities on that same evening. Planning is on-going; the White House expects to livestream and archive the event, at which exceptional students will be recognized as role models.


More information about White House Astronomy Night and information on how organizations can sign up to participate can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/08/21/white-house-astronomy-night-celebration-science-technology-and-space