List of Ready-Made Presentations for Meetings, Class Visits, and Cloudy Days
 
Summer star party season is upon us! But what happens when rain or inclement weather rolls in, and you need to do something with your visitors while you wait for the skies to clear up? Well, after you double check to make sure you've safely stashed your telescope, try out one of these popular night sky network presentations for your audiences! We've found the top ten most popular NSN presentations from the past year and  now present them to you.

These PowerPoint files are all free to modify and share as you see fit- but please give credit to the Night Sky Network and the  mission sponsors for this content. Some of these are a few years old, and while we try to keep everything up to date, certain numbers or facts may be updated. 


image of a slide form a solar eclipse presentation featuring the Sun in total eclipse
Before we start the top ten, we want to give a special notice about our latest presentation, one that you that you may find handy: An Eclipse to Remember!

And now, on to the top ten list below:

Image thumbnail for the space rocks presentation, showing several photographs of asteroids
10. Space Rocks - Impacts of Our Smallest Neighbors 

Use this PowerPoint in conjunction with the activities included  in the Space Rocks ToolKit or on its own to discuss asteroids, comets, and the potential hazards of Near Earth Objects. 

image of the Kepler satellite
9. Kepler Mission: The Search for Earth-Sized Planets

This PowerPoint presentation explains NASA's Kepler Mission to search for transiting planets orbiting in the habitable zone of Sun-like stars.

Image of a slide comparing the types of stars in our galaxy
8. Where  Are the Sun-Like Stars? 
This presentation focuses on Sun-like stars and discusses what kind of stars we can see with the unaided eye, and which stars are like our Sun. Your audiences might be surprised at the numbers!

image of a slide from the Our Place in Our Galaxy presentation
7. Our Place In Our Galaxy 
Presention and activities to help your visitors visualize a scale model of the Solar System compared to our Galaxy. This is often referred to as the "Birdseed Galaxy" presentation.

Image of the intro slide from the How Telescopes Changed our Understanding of the Universe presentation
6. How Telescopes Changed our Understanding of the Universe 
This presentation is about major discoveries made with telescopes, and how the evolution of telescope technology changed the way we understand our universe.

image of a slide from the Space Weather presentation, featuring the Earth's magnetotail as it interacts with a solar storm
5. Space Weather 
Use this presentation to show how space weather directly effects our way of life on Earth, and illustrate the Earth-Sun connection.

image of a slide from the Galaxy Full of Black Holes, featuring black hole's event horizon
4. A Galaxy Full of Black Holes 
This handy presentation can help you answer some common questions asked by the public about black holes. 

Image of a slide from the supernova presentation, featuring a large stellar explosion
3. SUPERNOVA in the Lives of Stars
This pesentation explores questions about the powerful stellar explosions know as supernovae, and explores the life cycles of stars.

Image of a slide from the Anyone Out There? presentation, featuring a little cartoon alien showcasing the Drake Equation
2. Anyone Out There? Activity and PowerPoint
This presentation of the Drake Equation reviews each of the factors contributing to the likelihood of intelligent life in our galaxy. The presentation can easily be made into a fun interactive outreach activity for small groups.

Image of a slide from the Explorers' Guide to the Solar System presentation, featruing not-to-scale portrait of the worlds of the solar system, bunched closely together
1. Explorers' Guide to the Solar System 
Our most popular presentation's focus is on NASA's exploration of the Solar System. Exploring other worlds in our Solar System stretches our minds and excites our imaginations like nothing else. It's the only way to answer some of our deepest questions.


Last Updated: August 1, 2017
 
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