NASA, NatGeo To Celebrate Earth Day With Special Events
April 20, 2013

NASA, NatGeo To Celebrate Earth Day With Special Events

Lee Rannals for — Your Universe Online

We all feel the pain of what has taken place in Boston and Texas this week, and for some we need to find a little bit of joy to help get out of the funk these disasters have caused. Fortunately, Earth Day is right around the corner, and it can allow us to help find a little peace from such an unpleasant week.

Events such as the Boston Marathon bombings can unify the people impacted, as well as any resident of this planet who has even just a little bit of compassion. Let's refocus ourselves today and consider this world as our home instead of a place filled with tragedy and pain. Take this holiday and explore the peaceful things this Earth still has to offer in the midst of sorrow. Below are a few suggestions for how you can refocus your vision this weekend to see the light of this world amidst the darkness.

Hangout With National Geographic

National Geographic is celebrating its 125th anniversary, and this Earth Day it is teaming up with NASA on a Google Hangout.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tim Samaras will be joining an expert from NASA's IceBridge Project as well as a diver from Catlin Seaview Survey to discuss innovations in explorations.

The magazine is offering viewers the chance to upload a video question to YouTube, post a question on Google+ or Twitter, or comment on its blog post for these Earth explorers to answer.

Spend Some Time With NASA

NASA has an "Earth Month 2013" webpage dedicated to helping visitors explore some of the research in which it has taken part aimed at understanding our planet better. With this website, you will find a story about how eagles were rescued after a thunderstorm that moved through the Kennedy Space Center, find out a little bit about the space agency's Operation IceBridge, and get great views of our planet seen through the eyes of orbiting spacecraft.

Plant Local Wildflowers offers a variety of wildflowers for purchase, as well as plenty of instructions on which seeds to sow. City slickers may often forget flowers aren't just something you only see in floral departments at grocery stores, but they actually grow wild here in the US. Take an opportunity today to go plant some wildflowers around your neighborhood to cheer the place up a bit.

Become Part Of The Solution

The Earth Day Network is offering an opportunity for anyone to "become part of the solution" for climate change.

It points out on its website climate change is already impacting real people, animals, and beloved places. The organization is asking you to submit a photo and tell your story about how climate change may be impacting you, and what you are doing to be part of the solution.