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Astronomy and Space Sites
This website is a one stop shop when it comes to planning your astronomy lessons! There are numerous lessons on the solar system, the origin of the universe, stars and other stellar objects and more! Each grade level (elemenatry, middle and high) has links to lessons and activities on this webpage.
The Moon - The Nine Planets - This site has very useful and comprehensive information about the planets. Here you will find information and links to other planet sites as well.
The Inconstant Moon - This extremely useful site contains a calendar to see the phase of each day and to get information about the moon. Scroll down to the menu at the bottom of the main page and click on Atlas to be able to see pictures of the moon’s surface.
Lunar Eclipses for Beginners - This site has an explanation of why an eclipse occurs. Scroll down for information about when other eclipses will be happening. Scroll down to find pictures of lunar eclipses.
Earth and Moon Viewer - This site allows you to explore the earth and moon, viewing each from different perspectives. Additional links to other sites.
Apollo 11 - 30th Anniversary - This is a Web site for the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It has links to other NASA and non-NASA sites. Be sure to check out the galleries for great pictures. The timelines of Manned Apollo Missions and Lunar Exploration Chronology are really fascinating.
Moon Phases - This site has an interesting way of viewing the Moon. Change the POINT OF VIEW to BOTH and see the position of the Moon in its orbit around the Earth and the phase at the same time.
Moon Phase Claendar - This is a great calendar showing the current and future months with moon phases and the current phase of the moon. Be sure to click on the moon to see an animated progression of the phases. Neat!
NASA - Lunar Eclipse Page - This site has information about recent and upcoming eclipses. Be sure to check out the resources at the bottom of the page for information about solar eclipses.
Keith's Moon Page - Facts, Phases, Photos, and Folklore - There is quite a bit of information about the moon here. Enjoy!
Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures - You can use this site to view the phase of the moon for any time and date from 1800 to 2199.
Astronomy Picture of the Moon - This site shows you the moon contiunually cycling through its phases. Be sure to click on "Discover the Cosmos". Each day a different image or photograph of the universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Bad Astronomy Misconceptions - Phil Plait, find a series of refutations of commonly held beliefs regarding astronomy, for example: "Appalled at Apollo: Uncovering the Moon-Landing Hoax" the infamous "You can only balance an egg on end during an Equinox" urban legend, and even “Flushed with Pride: the Coriolis Effect in Your Potty.”
Classroom Planetarium - Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
Size of Your World – Uses images to allow size comparisons of our solar system to distant stars. A real eye opener.
Star Count – A new project from NASA: Investigation: Do people everywhere see the same number of stars in the night sky? Why or why not?
The Moon - The Nine Planets: Excellent site with comprehensive information about the planets. Here you will find great information and links to other wonderful sites.
Lunar Eclipses for Beginners - This site has a wealth of information. Great explanation of why an eclipse occurs. Scroll down for information about when other eclipses will be happening and for pictures of lunar eclipses.
The Planetary Society - Earth Dial Project - Links to activities and useful tools In teaching about the sun and time:
Celesta - An extensive free download which students can use to research the planets, stars and other space topics. Also includes lesson plans.
Apollo 11 - 30th Anniversary - This is a Web site for the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Picture galleries, timelines of Manned Apollo Missions and Lunar Exploration Chronology and links to other NASA and non-NASA sites
Moon Phases - This site contains: 2 complete photographic maps of the moon, pictures of the moon and quizzes about the phases of the moon.
Space Day - Learn about space day and what teachers and students can do for space day.
Mars: The Red Planet - This globe of Mars is a mosaic of images from the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. It is centered on Valles Marineris, the "Grand Canyon" of Mars.
The Nine Planets - an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.
Thursday's Classroom - The aim of Thursday's Classroom is to provide a lasting connection between NASA's latest research and the classroom environment.
Mars Exploration Rover Mission Fun Zone - All the latest images and data, updated daily, from Spirit, which landed on Mars 1/4/04. Other Mars resources, games, activities, etc. From NASA.
The Exploratorium - A museum with space resources for teachers and students. This site also has updates on the Mars landing of the Spirit exploration rover.
The Center for Mars Exploration - A Web page outlining NASA's strategy for Mars exploration, including video clips from past missions.
Mars City Alpha - Mars City Alpha is a site based simulation for grades 6-12. The year is 2043 and an international venture to Mars is in the initial planning stages, an exciting mission--to design and build the first Mars habitat. This science and mathematics based simulation emphasizes experiential learning with a focus on teamwork, de24 October, 2012rs City Alpha kit contains: Teacher's Guide Mission Manuals for 5 student design teams, Mission Log tablet and additional resources, including the full color poster, "An Explorer's Guide to Mars." The kit can be ordered from Challenger Center, 1029 North Royal Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314. (703) 683-9740. Cost is $85/kit plus $5.50 shipping. Mars City Alpha is copyrighted program produced by Challenger Center for Space Science Education.
One example can be found at:
Terraforming Mars - What would it take for humans to live on Mars? This article explores the possible use of greenhouse gases to create a warm, breathable environment on the red planet. Includes links to a NASA conference on Martian habitability.
Colonizing Mars - Will Earthlings ever try to inhabit Mars? What would a human colony look like? This site imagines a Mars where humans are landing at a rate of 2,000 a week. Take a look at what some people think is the fate of Mars and then imagine one of your own.
Searchable Image Collections for space science that teacher can use:
1. Astronomical Image Library:
2. Multiwavelength Milky Way:
3. Astronomy Picture of the Day:
4. Skyview Virtual Observatory:
5. Solar Data Archive Center:
6. Constellation photos. This site has a few bugs, but the photos make up for it:
7. NCSA Astronomy Digital Image Library (this one is tough - more for research)
8. Astronomy Today
Storms from the Sun (K-12) - This educational poster contains information about the Sun, coronal mass ejections and how they affect Earth. Very informative.
Living with a Star (K-12) - This educator guide is designed to provide educators with a quick reference to an impressive amount of materials and resources that are useful for understanding the connections between the Sun and Earth.
NASA Science News - All the latest space science news in an easy to read format. Great reading for a class studying science.
NASA Educator Resource Center - Space Foundation - Order form for available teacher resources, including curriculum booklets, videos and posters. All materials are FREE and Public Domain. Items are available for a shipping and handling fee to cover costs, either fax or send in the request.
Windows to the Universe - A fun and different Web site about the Earth and Space sciences. Windows to the Universe is graphics intensive! Tons of space information, teacher resources, and kid stuff including quizzes and educational 'games'. A great site to visit.
Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon (K-4) - a new interactive Web site from NASA. Has supporting lesson plans and hands-on activities to illustrate science concepts such as remote sensing, helping student to understand how scientists use satellite imagery to study Earth's environmental changes. Also on this site is Echo the Bat, which helps students learn about light and the electromagnetic spectrum (grades 5-8).


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