Education and
Public Engagement
at the Lunar and Planetary Institute

Sky Fest

The Lunar and Planetary Institute, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, offers SkyFest at the Lunar and Planetary Institute about four times a year. SkyFest is open to explorers of all ages, and includes hands-on activities as well as viewing through telescopes (weather permitting).

Please note: Each minor must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult the entire time they are visiting the LPI.

Eclipse over Houston
August 21, 2017
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Join scientists and educators from the LPI, and your community, at Levy Park and the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library to witness this historical event you are sure to talk about for many years to come! At both locations, safe, solar viewing glasses will be available.

**NEVER look directly at the sun without proper viewing equipment.** 
For more information, visit

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Cassini’s Grand Finale
September 16, 2017
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Explorers of all ages are invited to join the Lunar and Planetary Institute to celebrate the success of NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn. Attendees will engage in hands-on activities, speak with scientists who use Cassini data, and view Saturn through telescopes (weather permitting).

Cassini's Grand Finale


NASA's Spot the Station
When will the International Space Station (ISS) fly over your city? NASA's Spot the Station widget will tell you what day and time the ISS will be visible from your location. Below is information for the Houston, Texas area. You can sign up for e-mail or mobile text alerts and be notified of opportunities to watch the ISS fly overhead!