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10 Things for the Week of June 15-21
Columnist: Autumn Burdick

10 Things for the Week of June 15-21
13 June 2014

School may be out, but there are still learning opportunities all around us. Keep reading, sometimes we learn best from ways we would least suspect.

Workshops, anniversaries and star parties -- it's all here, and more, in this week's edition of 10 Things.

P.S. Happy Father's Day.

1. LUNAR RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER

Five years ago, Wednesday, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) launched for the moon.

Did you know that LRO has measured spots on the moon that are even colder than Pluto?

2. WILLIAM LASSELL

June 18th is also the 215th anniversary of the birth of William Lassell.

Lassell was one of 19th century England's grand amateur astronomers and discovered Neptune's largest, and icy, moon, Triton (among other moons).

3. SALLY RIDE

This Thursday marks the 31st year since the first U.S. woman in space.

Sally Ride (1951-2012) was that woman. Learn all about her in the links below.

4. HAPPY SUMMER

Saturday, June 21st is the summer solstice. This is the longest day of the year. What will you do with all that sunshine?

5. SUMMER SCHOOL

Keep learning this week at NASA's 25th Annual Planetary Science Summer School -- Session 1 to be held in Pasadena, California. This session starts on Monday, June 16th and ends on Friday, June 20th.

6.CHARON

This last week findings came out that Pluto's moon Charon may have once had an underground ocean. And next week will mark the 36th year since the discovery of Charon. (Charon was discovered by James Christy on June 22, 1978.)

7. EUROPA

Wondering about icy moons, and underground oceans? You may want to check out this lecture being presented this week (June 19th) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The lecture is titled: Europa -- The Challenges of Exploring a Cold, Distant World.

8. CARL'S BAT CAVERNS

It's time to look up. Carlsbad Caverns will be hosting the first of their summer star parties this Saturday, June 21st. Check out the link below for more details.

9. GRAND CANYON

Or if you would like to view the stars from a grand location ... check out the Grand Canyon Star Party. This one starts on Saturday and goes until the 28th. Details below.

10. PROTOPLANETARY DISKS

And if you happen to be in the Netherlands you may want to check out the Summer School on Protoplanetary Disks, which is this Monday through Friday.


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