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

With new technology, astronomers are entering a golden age, witnessing cosmological phenomena as never before. It’s paved the way for Nobel Prize-winning science, confirmed Einstein’s theories and — seemingly with each discovery — given scientists a new understanding of the universe. Astronomer Maria Drout, a new tenure-track professor at the University of Toronto, has been in the midst of this...
New observations by two Arizona State University astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have caught a red dwarf star in a violent outburst, or superflare. The blast of radiation was more powerful than any such outburst ever detected from the sun and would likely affect the habitability of any planets orbiting it. Moreover, the astronomers said, such superflares appear more...
In July 1670, observers on Earth witnessed a “new star,” or nova, in the constellation Cygnus. Where previously there was dark sky, a bright pinprick of light appeared, faded, reappeared, and then disappeared entirely from view. Modern astronomers studying the remains of this cosmic event initially thought it heralded the merging of two main sequence stars — stars on the...