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Each October, space enthusiasts around the globe celebrate World Space Week.

The event always occurs Oct. 4-10, regardless of whether the first date falls on Sunday, a Monday, or any other day of the week!

What does change each year is the theme. Not surprisingly, World Space Week 2019 will have a lunar theme in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first human to step on the moon.

How various countries will observe event

Last year, more than 5,000 events in over 80 countries celebrated the theme “Space Unites the World.”

To learn about the plans for this year, see World Space Week’s events list.

According to World Space Week organizers, any activity related to space or astronomy on (or around) October 4-10 counts as a World Space Week event. Here are some examples that they mention on their website:

  • a small private activity at your local school
  • a lecture evening at your company
  • a special exhibition at your science center, museum, church, school or community center
  • a radio, TV or online event
  • a large-scale public event at a national stadium

NASA has several resources

Not surprisingly, NASA offers many resources for schools and families:

Other ways to observe World Space Week

The 450 mm focal-length & compact "grab & go" design make the Orion 10015 StarBlast telescope ideal for beginner & intermediate-level  astronomy enthusiasts.
Its 450 mm focal length & compact “grab & go” design make the Orion 10015 StarBlast telescope ideal for beginner & intermediate -level astronomy enthusiasts.

Here are a several other ideas:

STEM challenges and unit studies

Also, here are some fun space resources I found on Teachers Pay Teachers:

Have other ideas for families or schools? Let me know.