International Observe the Moon Night 2018


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On the evening of October 20th, 2018 from 7-9PM (weather permitting) come take part in the FREE International Observe the Moon Night (IOTMN) event on the roof (9th floor) of UCLA’s Mathematical Sciences Building. Speak with experts on the Moon, observe the Moon, Mars, and other celestial goodies first-hand with our telescopes, check out Lunar dust recovered from Apollo Missions, and learn more about the Moon and space! The UCLA Meteorite Gallery (the West Coast’s largest collection of meteorites) will also be open to visitors for this special occasion from 6PM-8PM with our newest lunar meteorite on display! More information here:


For additional directions and parking instructions, click here. Follow signs from the Court of Sciences.

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Exact address: 520 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (the 9th floor/rooftop). If you arrive at the Planetarium located on the 8th floor of Boelter Hall, take the stairs adjacent to the entrance to get to the 9th floor of Mathematical Sciences.  Please follow the directions on the map regarding instructions on how to get to the roof as the Mathematical Sciences 5th floor elevator is out of service. There are adjacent Entrance Points marked with ‘O’ on the map as well as Stairwells and Elevators to get you access to the roof (i.e. ‘MS3’ means Mathematical Sciences Stairwell #3, ‘BE138’ represents Boelter Hall Elevator #138). ‘MG’ denotes the Meteorite Gallery (open 6PM-8PM). Please follow the posted signs to get to the roof for our telescopes and demos.

In the event of bad weather, potential cancellation of the event will be announced on this page and via our social media.

For more general information about IOTMN, click here.

Presented by UCLA‘s Institute for Planets & Exoplanets (iPLEX) and the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences.

Our official event page on the International Observe the Moon Night is located on a Facebook Event posting located HERE.

 Be sure to follow @UCLAiPLEX on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr for more news and information on groundbreaking science performed by members of UCLA’s Earth, Planetary, & Space Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Departments!


Exploring Your Universe 2017!

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This year’s Exploring Your Universe (EYU) event at UCLA will be held on Sunday, November 5th, 2017.  Exploring Your Universe is an annual event held on the UCLA campus that includes science exhibitions, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments.  The event is free, open to the public, and promises an exciting time and a great learning experience for kids and adults alike.

EYU 2017 will be held in UCLA’s Court of Sciences (located in South Campus) from 12PM-5PM. Nighttime activities will take place from 5PM-8PM (weather permitting). Parking is available in Parking Structure #2 but expected to sell out so please be sure to arrive early.

To read more about previous years’ EYU events and other iPLEX outreach events, please visit our Exploring Your Universe page and stay tuned for more updates!

Be sure to follow @UCLAiPLEX (Twitter, Instagram), (Tumblr) and @eyu_ucla (Twitter)

iPLEX Presents Science Education Program at AGU

2014 AGU Poster - iPLEX EducationAt the 2014 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, more than 24,000 students and researchers met to discuss topics in the Earth and Space Sciences.  However, the latest scientific discoveries were not the only issues presented.  iPLEX’s own Ivy Curren shared our organization’s recent innovations in science education and outreach that include streamlining the process of scheduling community outreach events and keeping better tabs on UCLA volunteers through online forms and databases.  Informal and formal educators can easily access the outreach hub of the iPLEX website in order to request an outreach event for their school or organization, find out more about upcoming public events, or find resources to help them create their own hands-on planetary science demos.  To read more about iPLEX’s new science education and outreach initiatives, click here to read the complete poster.



High school students experience science at UCLA during outreach visit


On June 27th, a group of 40 high school students visited UCLA from the Moreno Valley College Upward Bound Math and Science Program.  They toured the newly renovated UCLA Meteorite Gallery and spoke to a student panel about physics and astronomy.  This visit was sponsored by AstronomyLive! and iPLEX.  Upward Bound coordinator Micki Clowney said of the experience: “The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Everything from the tour of the gallery to the student panel to the mini tour to the Bruin Bear was memorable.  The students really enjoyed speaking to the undergraduate and graduate students to learn about their experiences.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!”


TwentyWonder Charity Event Mixes Art, Science, and Quirkiness

gravity fabricOn June 28, 2014, iPLEX planetary scientists sponsored several activities at the TwentyWonder charity event held in Echo Park in Los Angeles.  The 21+ event, part smorgasbord for the mind and part roller derby, included a variety of exhibits ranging from comedians to musicians to scientists.  iPLEX volunteers brought an inflatable planetarium and ran shows throughout the evening and also set up a gravity well demo.  Proceeds from TwentyWonder went to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) – to find out how to donate, visit their website.

Invite UCLA volunteers to your school

Explore Your Universe

Are you an educator or youth group leader interested in sharing the excitement of astronomy and planetary science with your students?  Submit a request to have volunteers visit your school or apply to bring your class to UCLA.  Our outreach events include hands-on activities for all ages ranging from building bottle rockets to gazing through solar telescopes.

Our list of outreach activities details the hands-on science demos that can be brought to your classroom.  For more specific information about any of these activities and how to apply, visit our request an outreach event page or contact .

Outreach visits are sponsored by a collaboration between the UCLA Institute for Planets and Exoplanets, AstronomyLive!, the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.


Exploring Your Universe 2014 Date Announced!

img_6439_modThis year’s Exploring Your Universe (EYU) event at UCLA will be held on Sunday, November 16th, 2014.  Exploring Your Universe is an annual event held on the UCLA campus that includes science exhibitions, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments.  The event is free to the public and promises an exciting time and a great learning experience for kids and adults alike.

To read more about previous years’ EYU events and other iPLEX outreach events, please visit our outreach page and stay tuned for more updates!

Join iPLEX for TwentyWonder fundraising event on Saturday

iplex_TW2Join iPLEX and participate in the Downs Sydrome Association of Los Angeles’ (DSALA) annual event, TwentyWonder, a charity event that brings an incredible assortment of artists, scientists, designers, musicians, comedians, actors, athletes, and circus performers to the Derby Doll Factory for one unforgettable night!  iPLEX will host an informational hands-on comet and asteroid booth where participants can interact with scientists from NASA and UCLA who study these objects on a daily basis. The event is hosted by the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league, will host TwentyWonder 2013, DSALA’s fourth annual fundraising event, to take place June 28, 2014 at the Doll Factory. For tickets, please visit the official website.  NOTE: This event is restricted to ages 21+.

All proceeds from TwentyWonder benefit Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA), an organization providing support services for individuals with Down syndrome and their families through the development and promotion of education, counseling, employment and recreational programs in the greater Los Angeles area.

THEMIS and ELFIN teams share research with local elementary school

The THEMIS and ELFIN spacecraft teams shared their research with students and parents at Nora Sterry Elementary School during their Science, Literacy, and Math event on Friday, February 14th.  THEMIS outreach coordinator Emmanuel Masongsong delighted young students with magnetic demos and his recently constructed planeterrella, while ELFIN member Kyle Colton shared hands-on demos focused on electricity and satellite communication.

iPLEX is actively seeking K-12 educators who would be interested in astronomy or planetary science presentations at their schools or in their classrooms.  For more information or to request a presentation, please contact iPLEX at .

EYU Earth and Space Sciences Lecture Series announced

The UCLA Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute for Planets and Exoplanets are proud to announce the first annual Earth and Space Sciences lecture series to be held during the Exploring Your Universe event on Sunday, November 17th, 2013.  Each fun-filled talk will be a half hour long, and will be given in Geology 3656 by scientists at the forefront of the Earth, planetary and space science fields. We recommend you arrive ten minutes early to make sure you get a seat.


EYU 2013 Lecture Schedule in Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (3656 Geology)

1-1:30pm – Life in the Universe – UCLA Prof. Jean-Luc Margot

2-2:30pm – Natural Disasters: What’s Next? – UCLA Prof. Ed Rhodes

3-3:30pm – Meteorites: From the Asteroids to the Earth – UCLA Researcher Alan Rubin

4-4:30pm – Flash! Bang! Cosmic Impacts into Earth – UCLA Researcher Jean-Pierre Williams