Astronomy and Space Exploration Presentations
5/4/2019 Trailside Nature Ctr - Mountainside, NJ - From Apollo to Tomorrow - What's Next for Human Space Travel?
The following programs are geared for adults, but suitable for children grade 4 and above.
An Astronomy Adventure!
Learn about the latest discoveries in our solar system and beyond! See breathtaking pictures of all the planets, including Pluto and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Get a real “feel” for our place in the universe. Discover what we have learned about planets around other stars and the search for another Earth. Also, a description of the next missions to explore space!
From Apollo to Tomorrow - What's Next for Human Space Travel?
It’s been 50 years since the Apollo missions led the way for human space exploration. See what has been accomplished since then and learn about the human space programs planned by the United States, China, Russia and four U.S. commercial companies! Space 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.
Exploring our Solar System
See breathtaking pictures of the planets, asteroids and comets in our Solar System. Learn about the current and future space missions that NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have sent to explore these celestial wonders.
In addition, a look at how we are searching for planets around other stars!
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!
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!
"A Celebration of Star Trek - The Original Series”
The original Star Trek TV series recently celebrated its 50th anniversary!
Join us for a look back to 1966 and 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. Time: 1hr
After the presentation, there will be an open discussion for everyone to share their Star Trek memories, experiences and memorabilia. Time: 30mins.
(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.
For more information email info@AstronomyNJ.com.