Blue Skies

A mysterious blue light filled up the night sky in Queens, New York on December 27th, 2018. Social media was immediately inundated with the alarmed postings of alien invasion and hysteria. Local residents began to flee the scene, just in case…

Queens, New York December 27th 9:00 P.M. The NY Times.

The phenomenon turned out to be “a light [that] came as part of an electrical fault that caused an “arc flash,” Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee said Friday morning, similar to lightning.” (Cooper, A., Grinberg, E. Levenson, E. (2018, December 28). A power company mishap turns New York’s Skyline blue. Retrieved from

What an amazing way to engage students in a science discussion about an event that is a local phenomenon! The Next Generation Science Standards puts phenomenon at its forefront, driving teaching and learning with high-quality scenarios. You can find out more about this topic on the NGSS website.

Attached is an educational resource, “Where Does Electricity Come From?” In alignment with the NYC PK-8 Science Scope and Sequence, this topic can be taught for grades 4th, 6th & 8th.

First DOE Youth Climate Summit

In partnership with the Wild Center, the Office of Sustainability will host its first-ever DOE Youth Climate Summit (YCS) a daylong sustainability event for public and charter high school students. Through a series of keynotes, workshops, and expos, students will develop critical leadership and problem-solving skills through experiential learning. Participants will gain climate action knowledge and build peer networks to expand sustainability in their schools and communities.

Friday, January 18, 2019

United Federation of Teachers (UFT)

52 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

9:00 am – 3:00pm

If you would like to bring a group/team of students, please REGISTER HERE!

View this flyer for more information.

“The Hubble Space Telescope – 25 Years of Servicing” Seminar

For 28 years and counting, the Hubble Space Telescope has been a centerpiece of worldwide astronomical research since its launch in 1990. Just weeks after settling into orbit, however, a flawed mirror threatened to derail the entire mission. On Dec. 8, 1993, the installation of corrective optics by seven astronauts aboard space shuttle Endeavour remedied the problem and, within a month, Hubble began producing sharper images.

Four more servicing missions would follow – with the final taking place in 2009 – all of which extended and enhanced Hubble’s scientific capability far beyond its expected lifetime. Today, thanks to the success of these five missions, Hubble is at the peak of its productivity and is expected to continue high levels of scientific return for years to come.

“The Hubble Space Telescope – 25 Years of Servicing” Seminar – Friday, Dec. 7

To celebrate the success of Hubble and the 25th anniversary of its first servicing mission, as well as to reflect on how NASA and Goddard overcame the challenges of the times, the center will host a seminar entitled “The Hubble Space Telescope – 25 Years of Servicing” on Friday, Dec. 7, \ The morning session, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., will relive the details of the first servicing mission. The afternoon session, from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m., will explore Hubble servicing in general and discuss its impact on science and future satellite servicing efforts.

Both sessions will feature astronauts and key players from the five servicing missions, as well as those who are leveraging their work for science and other endeavors.

The panel discussions at 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will be broadcast on NASA TV and streamed on

In addition, a discussion on Hubble servicing and the current work of the Goddard Satellite Servicing Projects Division will be streamed on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. on

Mars InSight Mission

Mars Landing

InSight touched down on Mars at 11:52:59 a.m. PT (2:52:59 p.m. ET) on Nov. 26, 2018. The lander plunged through the thin Martian atmosphere, heatshield first, and used a parachute to slow down. It fired its retro rockets to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia.

Read more about the Entry, Descent, and Landing

STEM Connection

The landing of InSight was a major accomplishment for NASA! Make this event relevant to your students through a STEM activity. Have them design their own lander to carry and place an egg safely on a hard surface. 

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Landing a Space Probe or Rover Lesson Activity