Year of the Solar System
Stephanie Shipp | October 19, 2010
It is with great excitement that NASA’s Planetary Science Division announces the Year of the Solar System! Spanning a Martian year—twenty-three months—the Year of the Solar System celebrates the amazing discoveries of numerous NASA missions as they explore our planetary neighbors and probe the outer edges of our solar system. New missions will further explore Jupiter, the Earth’s moon, and Mars. Others will encounter comets and asteroids and continue to decipher the mysteries of the Sun, Mercury, Saturn, and our home planet, Earth. It is an unprecedented time in planetary sciences as we learn about new worlds and make new discoveries!
Each month from October 2010 to August 2012 will highlight different aspects of our solar system—its formation, volcanism, gravity, ice, the possibility of life elsewhere—weaving together activities, resources, and ideas that you can use to engage audiences.
On the Year of the Solar System website you will find:
- educational materials for classroom teachers, organizations, clubs, and others interested in participating;
- night-sky viewing events and mission milestones;
- featured activities;
- recommended resources;
- people profiles;
- Year of the Solar System updates;
- ways to register your Year of the Solar System events and to share your experiences; and
- free downloadable promotional materials (bookmarks, fliers, calendar of events).
Get involved! Experience the scale of our solar system in October, explore its formation in November, investigate the characteristics of our planets in December and January, and delve into comets along with the Stardust-NExT encounter with comet Tempel 1 in February! On the Year of the Solar System website you will find all the resources you need to plan your programs ahead of time—and to create exciting experiences for your audiences.
Build your own scale model of the solar system and share it at the Year of the Solar System website! Starting in October 2010, libraries are invited to create scale models of the solar system and share their events and experiences through the Year of the Solar System website! Visit the site for guidelines and more information.
We invite you to join the celebration as we explore new worlds and make new discoveries together!