• Earth and Space Exploration Day

    Saturday, October 13, 2018

  • Earth and Space Open House

    Returns in Fall 2018 — Watch for it!

Teach, Learn, Explore at SESE

The Earth and the universe beyond belong to all of us — not just to scientists and researchers. At ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, we are committed to sharing our growing understanding of Earth and space with the community.

We’re here to engage with and help train the next generation of explorers and citizen scientists, and to impart our knowledge to anyone who’s interested in these exciting subjects. Every day at SESE, our scientists are learning something new, and we look forward to sharing what we learn with you.

Ask

Is there something you’ve always wanted to know about space? Go ahead. Ask us anything.
The sky's the limit... Or is it?

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30,000

SESE has over 30,000 visitors annually to its campus facilities.

1,200

Earth and Space Exploration Day, an annual open house featuring 3D Theater shows and dozens of hand-on exhibits, and has over 1,200 attendees annually.

36

SESE has 36 ASU NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Fellows

Visit

More than 30,000 people visit us each year. In addition to field trip opportunities, we welcome families and individuals of all ages to tour our building (Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV), to check out our planetarium shows and free lectures, and to visit the Meteorite Gallery, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Science Operations Center and the Mars Space Flight Facility.

Marston Theater

The Marston Theater is located on the ASU Tempe campus in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IVUsing Definiti SkySkan Planetarium technology, the theater hosts 3-D astronomy shows every Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon. The one-hour presentations explore various topics related to Earth and space exploration.

Explore Public Engagement

Kids and instructors pointing at board.

K-12 Field Trip Program

We offer field trip opportunities for science classes from kindergarten through high school. Available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, our half-day enrichment experience includes a 3-D astronomy show, along with a schedule of activities built around small group activities designed to reinforce the spirit of scientific inquiry and exploration.

3-D Astronomy

Using Definiti SkySkan Planetarium technology to render Earth and space science themes, the Marston Theater offers three different one-hour 3-D astronomy shows on a rotating schedule. You can purchase individual tickets, or make reservations for a group.

Instructor in front of projected image.

New Discoveries Lectures

The SESE New Discoveries Lecture Series is one way we share our exciting scientific work with the public. Presented by a member of the SESE faculty in the Marston Exploration Theater, the lectures are free and open to the public.

Recent News

About 252 million years ago, more than 90 percent of all animal life on Earth went extinct. This event, called the “Permian-Triassic mass extinction,” represents the greatest catastrophe in the history of life on Earth. Ecosystems took nearly five million years to recover and many aspects of the event remain a mystery. A research team, led by scientists from Arizona...
Radiation from a hot star near the stellar nursery where the sun and planets were born may have may have seeded Earth with life-essential molecules.
Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration recently released new research on its flagship Smart Course, " Habitable Worlds ," published in the peer-reviewed journal, Astrobiology . The study found that its student-centered, exploration-focused design resulted in high course grades and demonstrable mastery of content. Created for non-science majors, Habitable Worlds (HabWorlds) uses interactive simulations and virtual field...