Astronomy and Space Exploration Presentations

Currently Scheduled Zoom Presentations

To attend, register at the library's website - usually under Adult Programs.


22-Oct            Montvale Library, NJ      What's Next for Human Space Travel?

26-Oct            Mercer County Library System, NJ      Living on the ISS

10-Nov           Belleville Library, NJ      Living on the ISS

12-Nov           New Providence Library, NJ     Exploring the Night Sky

16-Nov           Lied Library Clarinda, Iowa       What's Next for Human Space Travel?

19-Nov           Bernards Library, NJ      Living on the ISS

24-Nov           Keyport Library, NJ        Mars 2020 Mission

3-Dec             Montville Library, NJ      Mars 2020 Mission

10-Dec           Chester Library, NJ        Mars 2020 Mission

17-Dec           Council Bluffs Library, IA   Living on the ISS



During this time of social distancing, the following programs are offered via

Zoom video conferencing for up to 100 participants.     


Unless labeled for children all programs are geared for adults, but suitable for children grade 5 and above.


An Astronomy Adventure!

Learn about everything that makes up our neighborhood in space - our Solar System. See breathtaking pictures of all the planets, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn and even Pluto! Walk away with a real “feel” for our place in the universe. 


What's Next for Human Space Travel?  

Learn about the human space programs planned by the United States, China, Russia and four U.S. commercial companies!

Space stations and gateways, moon bases, a journey to Mars and even space tourism will be presented.


Living on the International Space Station

Share in the adventure of how astronauts live and work in space! Discover how the absence of gravity affects the human body and what we can do about it. See breathtaking pictures of the Earth from this orbiting laboratory.


NASA's next Mars mission: Perseverance - The Mars 2020 Rover

Learn all about NASA’s next mission to Mars! The Mars 2020 Rover will look for signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past as well as for signs of past microbial life itself. The rover will be using a drill to collect core samples and set them aside on the surface of Mars for a future mission to potentially return them to Earth. The mission will also demonstrate technologies for future human expeditions to Mars, such as producing oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, identifying water resources, improving landing techniques, and characterizing weather, dust, and other potential environmental conditions that could affect future astronauts living and working on Mars. Perseverance is scheduled to land on Mars February 18, 2021.


Exploring our Solar System

Learn about the discoveries that have been made by the many robotic exploration missions to the planets, asteroids and comets in our Solar System. Get a glimpse of future space missions that the United States and other countries have planned.


Exoplanets - Finding Planets around other Stars!

Find out how astronomers are able to detect planets around other stars. Understand the different methods used and all about the amazing spacecraft that are gathering the necessary data. Learn where our planet fits in the census of galactic planets!


Children’s Program – Space/Astronomy - New!

   (This program is geared for children in the 4th grade and lower.)


This lively program features colorful pictures and videos about astronomy and space flight. Included topics are:

  • Amazing pictures of the planets and a comparison of their sizes.
  • Our place in our Milky Way galaxy.
  • Living aboard the International Space Station. (Weightlessness – floating & “flying”, eating, space walks and sleeping)
  • How to see the space station pass overhead from your backyard without a telescope.
  • All about “shooting stars”.
  • Finding the Big Dipper and the North Star in the night sky.
  • Explore Mars with NASA’s rovers.
  • Want to be an Astronaut?

    Questions will be answered at the end of the presentation.


Amazing Astronomy Pictures and Facts!  

Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best pictures taken by space probes, telescopes and astronauts on the Space Station!

Learn about the fascinating discoveries made with each image and expand your knowledge of the universe!


Cosmic Collisions!

Asteroids, Comets and Meteors... Oh My! 

Learn about how cosmic collisions have shaped our solar system and what the future may hold. 


Exploring the Night Sky

Learn techniques on how to identify constellations and locate planets and more in the night sky.  Discover what internet resources are available to help the beginning astronomer.

Included will be a demonstration of using a star map to help you explore the sky, as well as how easy it is to view the International Space Station and satellites without the need for a telescope!  A generous amount of time will be set aside for questions.


Encounter with Pluto

Learn how each of our Solar System's planets were discovered and about the space missions that have explored them.
Then learn all about Pluto – a place we have never visited or explored….. until now!

Come and hear a fascinating presentation about New Horizons - NASA’s mission to the far reaches of our solar system that flew past Pluto.

See amazing pictures of this unseen dwarf planet and its moons!


The American Solar Eclipse of 2017  

In August, 2017 a total eclipse of the Sun was visible in the United States along a 70 mile wide path from Oregon to South Carolina.
This was the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979 - a truly rare and once in a lifetime event!
Learn about the history of eclipses, how and why they happen and experience the best pictures and videos from this amazing event!

(Never too early to plan for the next one --- April 8, 2024!)


"Star Trek - A Look Back at The Original Series  

The original Star Trek TV series recently celebrated its 50th anniversary!

This presentation takes a look back to 1966 to share some interesting facts about the show and the cast - including the impact it had on scientists and explorers of today. Of course, there will be trivia questions included for die-hard fans!  

A fun and fascinating presentation.                                

After the presentation, there will be an open discussion for everyone to share their Star Trek memories, experiences and memorabilia.

(Note: This topic will be of interest mainly to adults who remember the TV show. Youth will probably be bored to tears!)




All programs are 1 hour plus time for Q&A.


I have been delivering Space and Astronomy presentations to NJ libraries, social groups and on cruise ships with great success for several years. See feedback comments.


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