• Earth and Space Exploration Day

    Saturday, October 13, 2018

  • Earth and Space Open House

    Returns in Fall 2018 — Watch for it!

  • 3-D Astronomy Shows

    Marston 3-D Exploration Theater, Wednesdays and Saturdays

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

Phoenix Comic Fest will celebrate all things “geek” May 24–27, and while much of the science at the four-day event will be fiction, some will be the real deal. Several Arizona State University experts will be part of the pop-culture gathering held at the Phoenix Convention Center. Besides the celebrity autograph sessions, costume workshops and gaming seminars, several panel discussions...
Hawaii’s Big Island has been under siege for the last two weeks due to violent activity from the Kilauea volcano, which has produced haunting images: spewing ash and toxic gases, lava pouring through the streets and people fleeing their homes. And Kilauea is showing no signs of slowing down. Scientists are warning residents to brace themselves for more. Some are...
“We are excited that Jnaneshwar Das, “JD,” will be joining us this summer and that he will carry on a spirit of exploration and innovative engineering in Alberto’s tradition,” says school deputy director, Ramon Arrowsmith.