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

The School 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.

39

The School has 39 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

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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.

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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

Sarah Dillon, who will be receiving her master’s degree in geological sciences this May from Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, originally chose ASU for graduate school because of an interest in igneous petrology (rocks that are formed from magma). Her focus changed, however, when her adviser, School of Earth and Space Exploration professor Rick Hervig ,...
As part of Arizona State University’s efforts to advance sustainability education for K–12 students , a faculty-led student group created a suite of Kahoot! games to teach sustainability concepts. Kahoot! is a widely used platform to play fun, educational games called “kahoots” that are popular in classrooms and other group settings. Through a new capstone workshop called “Innovation in Science...
There have been five mass extinctions in the history of the Earth. But in the 21st century, scientists now estimate that society must urgently come to grips this coming decade to stop the very first human-made biodiversity catastrophe. “The sixth extinction is on our societyʻs shoulders; it really is,” said ecologist Greg Asner , who serves on the faculty of...