Next Virtual Field Trip Destination? Our Solar System and Beyond!

Explore outer space with this National Geographic Virtual Field Trip! Meet an astrophysicist searching the stars for distant planets, a nonprofit founder making space accessible to young people, and the co-creators of a new solar system graphic that appears in National Geographic magazine.

Originally airing live on Wednesday, September 29 at 1 p.m. ET, this Virtual Field Trip is available now on YouTube.

The Virtual Field Trip features:  

  • Munazza Alam: Munazza is an astrophysicist and National Geographic Explorer. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Harvard and Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and is currently researching a category of large, bright exoplanets called hot Jupiters. 
  • Ilias Psyroukis: Ilias is a National Geographic Young Explorer, space pioneer, and educator. He is the co-founder of Space Innovation (SPIN), a nonprofit that develops and shares knowledge about space technologies and makes space accessible to young people.
  • Patricia Healy: Patricia is a graphics researcher who recently co-created a detailed infographic of the solar system featured in the September 2021 issue of National Geographic magazine.
  • Manuel Canales: Manuel is a National Geographic senior graphics editor who develops maps and illustrations featured in National Geographic magazine. He teamed up with Patricia to create the new solar system infographic. 

Subjects:  Physics, Earth Science, Astronomy, Technology

Content recommended for grades 4-8 

This Virtual Field Trip is hosted by Krista Strahan, and is presented in partnership with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.

Photo courtesy of Marty Schnure.

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