Astronomy Links for Teachers and Students
PBS/NOVA SERIES : Contain excellent information and resources: Presents the boldest new achievements of modern astronomy, joining astronomers as they probe the limits of the observable universe and peer into the violent worlds of black holes and supernovas. The program is based on Dava Sobel's bestselling book, Galileo's Daughter Explorations in cosmology, strange stuff and mysteries of space. Two rival teams of astronomers as they search for exploding stars, map out gigantic cosmic patterns of galaxies, and grapple with the ultimate question: What is the fate of the universe? Eleven dimensions, parallel universes, and a world made out of strings with Brian Greene. Meet the young patent clerk whose ideas about light, space, and time have transformed our view of the universe. Astronomers discover planets beyond our solar system. Journey back to the beginning of everything: the universe, Earth, and life itself. Probes the deep mysteries of gamma-ray bursts, the most powerful celestial explosions since the big bang. SPECIALS A Discovery Channel specialwith the American Museum of National History. Stargazers biographies, galaxy tour, cosmic calendar and interactive activities.
ASTRONOMY LECTURE NOTES Lecture Notes. Dept. Physics & Astronomy University of Tennessee Lectures on The Universe and the Origin of Life University of Mississippi Astronomy lectures By Nick Strobel for introductory astronomy. Astronomy Lectures: Lectures and quiz lectures Study guides with pictures and links This guide is intended as an information source for those interested in discovering more about Space Science and Astronomy. Brief lecture on cosmology
TEXTBOOKS Companion website for Chaisson and McMillan's textbook, 4ed. Contains practice problems and resources for every chapter . Companion website for Chaisson and McMillan's textbook, 3ed. Companion website for Bennet, Donahue From The Electronic Universe Project Astronomy of the Earth's Motion in Space by David Stern. An astronomy/physics online textbook with topics in Newtonian mechanics and spaceflight. Pasachoff on Line Excellent astronomy textbook designed for web use to support an introductory-level, college astronomy course. by John D. Fix Collection of links related to every chapter of the textbook.
MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS A website that celebrates the discovery of the electron. Satellites: how they work, their orbits, anatomy of a satellite. Gallery from the National Air and Space Museum
NEWS AND MAGAZINES Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. Excellent magazine with astronomy news, sky chart, calendars and store. Astronomy magazine, star charts and space news. Space news and interactive information on planets, Hubble telescope, meteors and cosmology. Space news and interactive information. Tips, terms and basic skywatching information on what's visible. Space News from around the Internet, updated every weekday.
SOLAR SYSTEM The Nine Planets is 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. Find out about solar system formation, and facts about the bodies in the solar system. See news highlights, and archives of images of the Sun, planets, comets, and asteroids. From National Geographic Discover the wonders of our solar system in a spectacular 3-D environment. Take a flyby tour of the sun and each planet in its orbit, observe planets and extraterrestrial weather patterns up close, and more. The Planets and Their Motion NASA News, Exploration of the planets, missions and resources NASA Solar system simulator. In this virtual `trip through the Sun it shows spectacular images and animations of solar flares, sun spots, magnetic fields and solar eclipses, and explains a lot about the science of the sun and the influence it has on the solar system. NASA great web site for finding new classroom resources about the Sun and Earth system. This resource will allow you to explore the nature of sunspots and the fascinating history of our efforts to understand them. Included here are interviews with solar physicists and archeoastronomers, historic images, modern NASA images and movies, and a sunspot research activity. Stories From the Path of Totality . Solar Eclipses information A guide to the year of the active sun NASA Storms from the sun videos. Missions and exploration with classroom resources. Excellent resource on the solar system. Missions to the planets. NASA Galileo project to Jupiter. The YPOP Solar Classroom is filled with hands-on, solar related activities. Many of these activities teach you about the Sun itself. Others teach a physical concept, like rotation, using the Sun as an example. From the California Institute of Technology Official Site of space exploration by NASA
GALAXIES, UNIVERSE AND COSMOLOGY NASA: This tutorial follows the 15-billion-year-long history of the Universe. This activity is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of cosmology. Students develop authentic models and gather evidence supporting the Big Bang theory. NASA Cosmic Journeys is a new series of space-science missions that will explore the essence of time, gravity, matter, and energy. Excellent resource with tutorials on cosmology by Ned Wright. This site is intended for anyone interested in learning about our universe. NASA Information and resources on black holes. An Interactive Lesson on the Hubble System of Classifying Galaxies by George & Jane Hastings The search for another Earth How Supernovae Are Formed Stars and Galaxies resources
ASTRONOMY RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS Interactive materials for teaching Astronomy. Includes: Lunar Cycles, Coordinates and Motions, Stellar Parameters teaching guide and great simulations. Excellent resources from CalTech on Multiwavelength astronomy. NASA websites with educator resources. Montana State University extensive library of on-line and interactive K-12 science education materials for teaching astronomy. NASA space science products for use in classrooms. NASA page with links to news, images, missions, educator resources and space activities Interactive explorations on astronomy and cosmology. Astronomy resources for teacher. A series of inquiry-based activities centered on the search for life on other planets, students will explore diverse concepts in chemistry, biology, physics, Earth and space science, and engineering. Student and teacher resources for astronomy and cosmology. Includes background information and problems. Articles and image galleries Daily news on everything related to space exploration and scientific findings Extensive collection of links related to education Astronomical Society of the Pacific Programs, activities and resources for families and educators A Learning Center for Young Astronomers: solar system, universe and space stuff activities. Information, links and images about the "Northern Lights". Misconceptions and movie reviews A virtual trip from Earth to the next stopping point on a voyage into the depths of outer space. This is a visual journey consisting of 42 images -- 42 powers of ten. At one end of the journey is the immensity of the known universe, some 13 000 000 000 years old with a radius of at least 1010 light years. At the other end of the journey is a depiction of the three quarks within a proton. NASA Educator resources Once NASA funds a mission, there are still many challenges to solve. Check out this module from McREL that covers the challenges of the A/B Phase (beginning phase) of the Deep Impact Mission. Solar activities History and exploration of comets. Web resources
CONSTELLATIONS Stars and constellations catalog, Messier objects, interactive sky chart
OBSERVATORIES NASA's Observatorium is a public access site for Earth and space data. They have pictures of the Earth, planets, stars, and other cool stuff, as well as the stories behind those images. Interactive activities, printable materials and links Official site of the Hubble telescope includes gallery of images. Infrared and multiwavelength tutorials. Includes educational activities. SkyView is a Virtual Observatory on the Net generating images of any part of the sky. A lesson about astronomical imaging. Laser Interferometer Space Antenna Home Page Wavelengths of light, types of light, how astronomers use different wavelengths, and what they see! Mission to Saturn and Titan