Welcome to Ask an Earth and Space Scientist
Ask An Earth and Space Scientist is an educational resource for students, teachers, parents, and life-long learners who are curious about Earth and space science. Click on the maroon button below to ask a question, read stories, solve puzzles, watch videos and engage in other interactive experiences to enhance your knowledge of Earth and space.
Schedule a speaker to your event (virtual or in-person)
Scientific researchers at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration are available to provide informal education, including talks and interactive activities on popular science subjects to classrooms and community groups in the Phoenix area. Such subjects include recent discoveries in astronomy, cosmology, Earth science, and planetary science.
Select the button below for a list of speakers and topics currently available, and teachers and organizers from local groups are encouraged to select speakers from this list. A speaker's name links to a profile page which includes contact information.
Virtual Gallery Show
Light and Meaning in Astrophysics
Undergraduate students from Professor Ellen Murray Messinger's Color and Sustainability fall semester course at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts were asked to bridge science and art to create an original piece of artwork. Working with guest instructor Patrick Young from School of Earth and Space Exploration, and utilizing multi-color data from the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, this Virtual Gallery Show highlights the students’ artwork, their inspiration, and what they chose to communicate with their art. View the collection of student artwork.
Watch educational talks by faculty and researchers
The School of Earth and Space Exploration scientists and faculty are international experts in their fields. View the playlist of TED, TEDx, and KED talks which showcase their research. Discover more in the recorded 2020 Fall Colloquium Series and virtual tours of our campus laboratories. Check out all the educational resources ASU has to offer at ASU for You.
Download the JMARS AR Viewer App for FREE from Apple and Android stores
Downloadable for free from Apple and Android stores, the JMARS AR Viewer allows users to virtually project planetary terrains from Mars, Mercury, Earth and the Moon onto their physical environment. This app was developed by professors, researchers, and graduate students from the Mars Space Flight Facility ASU's School of Arts Media and Engineering. Through this app, anyone can create their own custom view of planetary data, and even layer in data on elevation, mineral content, and other features. To learn more about JMARS, the Java Mission-planning and Analysis Remote Sensing tool, which has been publicly available since 2003, visit jmars.asu.edu.
Enter the Lucy in Space Contest!
The Lucy in Space Contest is open to middle-school through high-school students in the United States (including U.S. Territories and schools operated by the U.S for the children of American personnel overseas). The contest is to create original art that explores the connection between the human drive to explore, discover, and understand our origins and our place in the natural world on Earth to the origins of our solar system as epitomized by the NASA Lucy Mission. First place prizes include a VIP invite to the launch of the NASA Lucy Mission on October 2021. Competition close date 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, March 16, 2021.