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June 2020 a IPS Communicator
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IPS Newsletter — Issue 15 — JUNE 2020 a


Planetarian Network - Update 2
Image: Planetarian Network

The IPS Planetarian Network has an Events page where you can find a schedule of upcoming webinars, e-Conferences and sessions. Hosts include various museums, NASA, LIPS, the Dome Dialogues and others. This is a great central hub for listing your events and so please contribute! Find us here.

For those of you that have joined - thank you! To make the network more personable and effective, please go to your profile and tell us a little about yourself: Where you work, what you do, and why you joined. Click on your profile bubble in the upper right corner then go to View Profile. Put in a photo (or other image to represent you!) and share some highlights. This is your network!

Finally, note the new Topics pages called Resources and Slooh Astronomy Clubs. More are coming.

--Mike Murray, IPS Membership Chair

New *Tentative* Dates for CAP Conference
Photo: David Iliff; CC BY-SA 3.0

New *tentative* dates for the next Communicating Astronomy to the Public (CAP) conference are February 8-12, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Given the current global scenario, these dates are subject to change.

The full statement from the CAP conference team is as follows:

The CAP conference organizing committees had previously announced that the next CAP conference is being postponed to 2021 in view of the current global pandemic. After consultations with the local team, we have tentatively selected Feb 8-12, 2021 as the new dates for the next Communicating Astronomy with the Public Conference in Sydney, Australia.

We will continue to monitor the situation and aim to make a decision on the reopening of abstract and grant applications as well as registrations in around 2-3 months time. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions on how CAP conferences should evolve in the future or ideas on keeping the community engaged while we are all physically distant, please write to us.

Conference participants may be interested to know that the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly on Space Research is planned to be held in Sydney a week prior to CAP2021.

Wishing you safe stays wherever you are,

CAP Conference 2021 team

The Lunar Caravan project
Image: Moon drawing by Jackie Baughman

Lunar Caravan examines the myriad circumstances that affect viewing our natural satellite in rural and urban environments: the cycles of the Moon itself and our proximity to it, what natural or man-made obstacles prevent us from full sight access, the effects of light pollution in different locations, the presence (or lack thereof) of clouds, varying weather patterns, fires, etc. The main focus of the work is both the research and experiential process of creativity that the viewer engages in. Establishing a number of interactions across arts and sciences that build on our experiences of the world, is paramount to the success of the project.

Over the duration of two moon cycles starting July 5th, people will engage in journal exercises, creative activities and scientific data recording through their planetarium hubs. Participants will then compare experiences of the process unified by our relation to the Moon in space and in our own environments.

Please join us in this global art and science experience! For more information check the Lunar Caravan website or

A Meditation Fulldome Show
Image: Meditation Fulldome Show

How do STEM workers, including NASA professionals, cope with stress? Exercise is one way. Physical activity and fitness has been discussed in many NASA outreach efforts. However outreach efforts regarding other branches of health: emotional, psychological, and social well-being are lacking. Given that jobs come with stress, a global understanding of the science of stress and learning a healthy way to cope with it helps with the wellbeing of employees, job productivity, employee retention, etc. Meditation is a powerful tool for maintaining psychological health and resilience. Since the planetarium offers a dark and quiet space for relaxation, it is the perfect place for meditation. Thus here is a free guided meditation experience from Ball State University with the program Sunset Meditation.

For more information and to download the show and scripts in both English and French (more translations are on the way), check this page.

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