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100,000 Stars is one of 400+ projects being developed at chromeexperiments This one give a fast tour of the planets, Oort Cloud, Voyager, what a light year's distance looks like, "nearby" stars, and stars named by astronomers. All set against the stunning background of the Milky Way with eerie music.

 

Download Aciqra "(uh-SEE-kruh) is a free and open source virtual sky map and planetarium which tracks and displays astronomical bodies including planets, nebulae and stars to an accuracy of a fraction of a degree for thousands of years into both the future and the past. It's software that generates a virtual sky so you'll always know exactly what's up in the real one. Aciqra includes and displays a wide variety of different objects. It tracks and simulates solar system objects like the Moon, the Sun, the planets, asteroids and comets. It also includes a large database of stars and various other deep space objects including star clusters, nebulae and galaxies." It is really pretty cool. It would have a multitude of uses. One use would be to teach older kids and secondary/university students more about astronomy. This is really professional-level, but easy to use. Need help? There's a page for that. Their Sourceforge project page is here.

 

All (known) Bodies in the Solar System Larger than 200 Miles in Diameter. 88 known objects in our Solar System that are larger than 200 miles in diameter on one large, extra wide graphic. Pretty interesting for the art alone, and the information is accurate at this time.

 

 

New SiteAncient Astronomy of the North American Indians from the StarTeach Astronomy Education Program. Examples of astronomy as practiced by Native Americans of several different nations: the Anasazi and Pueblo peoples of New Mexico; Medicine Wheels in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming and many others in Alberta and Saskatchewan; Skidi band of the Pawnee Nation; and the Chumash in California.

 

 

Ask an Astronomer From CalTech's Cool Cosmos site. Windows Media or QuickTime videos answering common kid questions.

 

Asteroid 2011 MD is about 10 metres long, and it barely missed Earth in June 2011. Here's a great animation of its path! More information here.

 

Astro for Kids  from Astronomy.com.  Facts on the Solar System, navigating by the stars, and more. For upper elementary and above. Cool photos, too.

 

Astronomy for Kids  Easy to use, straightforward site with simple astronomy facts for kids.

 

M31 galaxyAstronomy Picture of the Day also called APOD. From NASA. Every day a new astronomy photo or painting, with a narrative under it. The photos are absolutely astounding, breathtaking, stunning, magnificent! The site also has a Glossary, Educational links/resources, more. Cruise the Archives for many more pix!

 

 

 

 

Milky Way over a hot spring @ Yellowstone Astronomy Picture of the Day - 2014 August 27

Milky Way over Yellowstone
Image Credit & Copyright: Dave Lane

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

 

 

 

AstroTour Solar system interactive virtual orrery from Gunn Interactive of New Zealand. "A free, educational, customizable, scriptable model of the solar-system. Have fun! Learn Something!" We took their intro tour and watched the retrograde orbits demo. Pretty cool. A good way to investigate the Solar System. Reddited.

 

AstroViewer "Your night sky map in the internet" This excellent interactive constellations viewer lets you see the names in Latin or English.

 

Atlas of the Universe This site rocks! "This web page is designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe actually looks like. There are nine main maps on this web page, each one approximately ten times the scale of the previous one. The first map shows the nearest stars and then the other maps slowly expand out until we have reached the scale of the entire visible universe." The site does a very good job of it, too.

 

'Black Marble' satellite images of Earth unveiled - in pictures "Scientists have unveiled a new image of Earth at night. A global composite image, dubbed Black Marble, was constructed using cloud-free night images from a new Nasa and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite. It shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before." Ten images show pretty much all of Earth at night. Geography classes could work on identifying continents, countries, cities and towns, lakes, oceans, highways, oil fields, fishing fleets, etc.Credit: This slideshow is posted in the Science section of theguardian.

 

Catching the Light Astrophotography by Jerry Lodriguss. AWESOME photos will make you remember the wonder that first drew you to astronomy.

 

Download Celestia Fantastically cool download! "... The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. " Zoom between planets and constellations, watch Deimos and Phobos fly across the face of Mars, hundreds of other things to see! With data on every object you look at. Download it at the above link or here from SourceForge. Stupifyingly wonderful. (Celestia must be installed on computers, it cannot be played online.)

 

Download Celestia Motherlode is where you can download extensions, add-ons, etc for Celestia.  If it's even possible to improve upon Celestia, this is where to do it. There are some really great things here! Watch the file size, some of these are fairly big for some school computers.

 

Chandra X-ray Observatory from Harvard University. "Discover the images of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Dive into the wonder of everything from Black Holes to X-ray Binaries. Below you can find various ways to find just the image you are looking for. " Browse images by category or date, or..."Explore the X-ray sky with an interactive Sky Map, and learn about Galactic Navigation. Constellations: Background information on selected constellations and links to objects observed within them. 3D Wall: Scroll through the entire library of released Chandra images in a quick-downloading 3d wall format with the Cooliris plug-in. Special Features: Collections of Chandra images to browse through in html & flash formats." Many other goodies as well. This is suitable for elementary through college, easily.

 

China Lands Rover on The Moon The Jade Rabbit lunar rover is rolling around Luna's surface. The first soft landing on the moon since the 1970s. China's first rover seems to be doing fine! Why Jade Rabbit? East Asian cultures do not have a Man in the Moon, they have a rabbit!

 

Constellation Links for Kids from Athropolis is a good list of astronomy sites.

 

Constellation Hunt from KidsAstronomy is like a word search of the sky!

 

Constellations from Chandra. "Background information on selected constellations and links to objects observed within them." We're giving this its own listing since constellations are a popular elementary school science item.

 

Constellations from Enchanted Learning/Zoom Astronomy! Their usual stellar treatment for elementary and middle school. Subscribe so they'll keep doing sites like these!

 

Constellations and their Stars Great resource site! Information about constellations, stars, much more, also has interactive sky charts.

 

Constellation Photos This site shows photos of the stars and the constellation outline. Lists both ancient Greek and "modern" constellations.

 

Cosmos4Kids! offers a lot of good basic information about astronomy in a highly organized site.

 

Dome of the Sky Lists constellations by northern and southern hemispheres and time of year. Has outline of each constellation and the story or myth behind it. Good resource.

 

Dusty Black Hole Dusty Surprise Around Giant Black Hole "...dust is being pushed away from the black hole as a cool wind — a surprising finding that challenges current theories and tells us how supermassive black holes evolve and interact with their surroundings."

 

 

 

Earth as seen from the International Space Station – timelapse video "An extraordinary timelapse video created with pictures from the International Space Station shows Earth as it has never been seen before. The video, called Further Up Yonder, was made by Italian film student Giacomo Sardelli using Nasa stills. Sardelli calls the film a message from the ISS to all humankind." Credit: This video is posted in the Science section of The Guardian.

 

Earth's Seasons from Enchanted Learning. Find out about the Equinox, the Solstice, and the seasons of the year at this fine offering.

equinox graphic

 

Every place on earth experiences a 12 hour day and a 12 hour night twice a year on the Spring and Fall Equinox.

Earth's seasons, equinoxes & solstices
Source:OurAmazingPlanet

 

 

eSky The Electronic Sky "Welcome to eSky, a site dedicated to the entire universe. Here you'll find a whole range of articles covering cosmic phenomena of all kinds, ranging from minor craters on the Moon to entire galaxies." This beautiful, huge, well organized site covers everything. Mark Fisher does amazing work.

 

Explore Mars! from NASA/JPL. Take the Curiosity rover out for a spin in this virtual adventure! Scale mountains, drive through large canyons and sand dunes, explore the Gale Crater. It can be slow to load depending on your connection speed and computer age. Worth the wait! See for miles across Mars as you drive the rover like a dune buggy.

 

Exploring Planets in the Classroom hands-on science activities This venerable Hawaiian site has hands-on activities and lesson plans! Now with volcano activities!

 

Eyes on the Solar System from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. ""Eyes on the Solar System" is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time." This is great! Think of a 3-D Celestia program, very hands-on and easy to use! Loved zooming around and rotating planets& moons. Needs the Unity Web Player to be installed.

 

Mercury Gaze upon all of Mercury for the first time ever Watch the closest planet to the sun as it rotates, in high-contrast false color! "This video is based on images taken by the MESSENGER probe, the first spacecraft to actually orbit Mercury."

 

 

Gravity Wells This large, well done PNG image explains the idea of gravity wells in easy to understand cartoon form. It's from xkcd, a well known ubergeek site with cartoons of interest to, well, MIT/Caltech undergrads, shall we say. This one is appropriate for kids old enough to grasp the concepts it explains, but we cannot recommend you let your kids go to xkcd.

 

Hakan's Space Balls is an arty site, all on one page; that compares the sizes of Earth, Venus, and the other planets; then compares them all to the sun; then compares the sun's size to other, larger and larger stars. Really explains the comparative sizes of heavenly bodies without using words.

 

New SiteIf the Moon were only 1 pixel - A Tediously Accurate Scale Model of the Solar System.

  • "The size of our solar system and vastness of the space between planets is nearly unfathomable. This site puts it into perspective."- redditor Sixteen_Down.
  • "On his proportional to scale site, you can let it auto scroll at speed of light (hit the little "c" in the bottom right corner), and it takes about 80 minutes to get to Saturn. If you use the arrow keys, about 15-20 minutes. Really impacts just how much space there actually is between the planets." - redditor pixelObserver.
  • "I guess this is why most maps of the solar system aren't drawn to scale. It's not hard to draw the planets. It's the empty space that's a problem." - Josh Worth, the site builder.
  • "It really puts into perspective how slow 1c* is, even in just a single solar system. Now imagine scrolling to another solar system."- redditor Tetha. *=the speed of light
  • " I really had no idea it was of this scale... My mind is blown and I have a whole new perspective. " - redditor dunnojumbo
  • "The average person doesn't realize how small planets are and how much space is really between them. Planets are like grains of sand spaced out in a large outdoor stadium." - redditor Web3d
  • So go there and check it out for yourself! Seeing is believing!

     

     

    HDEV view ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment "The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment consists of four cameras that have been attached outside of the ISS. The cameras point down at Earth at all times, which makes for some breathtaking images. The feed will sometimes go down as the signal switches between the cameras, and it is hard to see when the ISS is on the dark side of the planet. If the cameras are down, the screen will be grey." Credit for description = IFLS

     

     

    Gold Star Interactive 3D model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky Astronomy for Everybody / Discover Solar System with User-friendly application / Real-time positions and Movements of the Planets and the Moon / Night sky with Constellations / Space-art graphics / No download required Nice! Also has cool music.

     

    Gold Star Interactive 360 degree map of the heavens A giant 360 degree sky photo. Zoom in and out, scroll up, scroll down, scroll all the way around! Shows constellations and stellar objects! Just amazing fun and a great learning tool!

     

    Jupiter auroraeWhen NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft approached Jupiter en route to Pluto in 2007, it took this image that was combined with images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory of the aurorae at the planet’s poles. The aurorae are believed to be caused by the ions of the planet’s magnetic field as they interact with radiation from the solar wind. Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SwRI/R.Gladstone et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage (AURA/STScI) Text credit: IFLS

     

    Jupiter in motion. This is a repeating animated gif video of Jupiter, taken from one of the Voyager spacecraft. Fantastic little gif file. You can see the Red Spot and watch different bands moving at different speeds; fastest at the equator, slower at higher latitudes. Just watch it!

     

     

     

    Gold Star Khan Academy "is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere...We are complementing Salman (Khan's) ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World." 1800+ videos cover math from 1 + 1 up through differential equations; Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chem, Cosmology, Astronomy; History; Finance (BIG section!); Test Prep: SAT, GMAT, CAHSEE, IIT JEE. The videos are wonderful! This is amazing and FREE! (Oh all right ... Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!)

     

    Kids Astronomy section of KidsKnowIt. Good information at a well organized, if somewhat busy, site.

     

    big clear photo of Sirius by Yuujii Kitahara

    Sirius at Wikipedia plus an X-ray photo of Sirius-a with Sirius-b peeking over its shoulder.

    Let's Get 'Sirius' About the Dog Star, Sky's Brightest Twinkler from Indian Country Today Media Network. Facts about Sirius, but mostly tells how the star was regarded in Native American/First Nations cultures and in the myths of various tribal nations. Very good reading. If you don't see the star's photo on their site, click on the graphic.

     

    Life Cycle of the Sun This is a big jpg pic that shows the life of the Sun from birth until death, about 14 billion years. Lots of information in one place. Enjoy!

     

    coyote moon Lunar Eclipses The Weather Channel's 1-minute video gives all the facts about a total eclipse of the moon. Blood Moon 43 second video describes why the moon looks red during a total eclipse.

    Space.com has a big page of more information about blood moons, lunar tetrads (NASA video), a calendar of the four lunar eclipses 2014-15, and a great downloadable infographic called Shadow on the Moon that sums all this up in graphic form! Most of this will be valid for the next three eclipses as well!

     

     

    Mars Curiousity Descent Mars Curiosity Descent - Ultra HD 30fps Smooth-Motion is 2:54 of excitement, with sound. Starting with heat shield separation and ending with a self-portrait, this was made by redditor Bard Canning as "a labor of love". Great YouTube video!

     

    Mars Flyover "From the highest volcano to the deepest canyon, from impact craters to ancient river beds and lava flows, this showcase of images from ESA's Mars Express takes you on an unforgettable journey across the Red Planet." (quote credit = ESA). "The flyover explores the grabens, valleys, canyons, mountains and lava flows in unprecedented detail. These 3D images aid researchers in understanding the climate and development of Mars." (quote credit = IFLS) This four minute video is beautiful, as is the music.

     

    Mars for Kids has games and activities (online and printouts) for kids. Coloring, word search, see your weight on Mars, and play the Mars adventure game! The games are fun and educational.

     

    Mars Orbiter Mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation. Move around these pages and you can watch the historic launch, find out about the payloads and experiments, view the mission profile, etc. This research mission will increase our knowledge of Mars and its environment.

     

     

    Meteor Crater Street View is part of Grand Canyon Street View from Google. You can pan around and explore the inside of this fabulous place from two 360 panoramas! Excellent use of Street Maps, go exploring!

     

    Coyote silhouetted in front of orange full moon Moon Phases Collection from Curriki. Here is a collection ready-to-use lesson plans and their associated activities, links, and downloads for elementary and middle school. All are aimed at (you guessed it) teaching the monthly cycle of moon phases; how, where, when, and why. All teachers have to do is download as necessary, adapt if necessary, and teach it. Contributed to Curriki by Jessica Flint.

     

     

    Downloads Moonbase Alpha "A 3-D Immersive NASA Exploration Game. Step into the role of an explorer in a futuristic lunar settlement...Moonbase Alpha is the first of two commercial-quality NASA games developed in partnership with commercial game developers." Looks great!

     

    New Site My Solar System 2.04 from PhETMy Solar System is another in the always amazing series of Free simulations from PhET at CU Boulder. In this Flash sim, students build a solar system and try it out. Planets might hit each other and the sun, or get flung off into space. This is probably what happens when real solar systems are first forming. "Build your own system of heavenly bodies and watch the gravitational ballet. With this orbit simulator, you can set initial positions, velocities, and masses of 2, 3, or 4 bodies, and then see them orbit each other." Your job is to try to make a stable system. Your choice of several Preset (canned) solar system setups, or make your own with 1 - 3 planets, moons, etc. Vary their distances from the sun, their mass, position, and velocity.

     

    NASA Curiosity Mars Rover This will be the central site for Curiosity, the newest Mars rover. Videos, photos, mission updates, tracking the rover's travels, it all starts here!

     

    NASA Images This is the new NASA image archive site, which catalogues 100,000 stunning images! All the space photos NASA has posted are here. We looked at at a few hundred and were amazed. A fantastic reference source, or just look at the thousands of photos!

     

    NASA Mars Rover Missions This is the main site for Opportunity and Spirit. You can get to all the Mars Rover photos from here. Also has links Mars for Kids and Mars for Educators.

     

    NASA Multimedia: Video Gallery So many goodies in NASA Multimedia! The Video Gallery has oodles of animations, some movies, others animated, all great and loaded with information. The hottest ones right now (February 2013) are about the flight path of Asteroid 2012 DA14, which will fly by Earth on February 15th! Actually between the Earth and many satellites! Short video (00:43) only shows the flyby path. Longer video (2:03) has diagrams and explanations of where the asteroid will pass by, where the satellites are, and why we are safe. The longest video (4:22) is the most educational, has the most background information, which helps to put things in context.

     

    NASA Space Place "Welcome to the Space Place! Come on in and check out our games, animations, projects, and fun facts about Earth, space and technology."

     

    NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Obtains Best Views of Saturn Hexagon The Hexagon of Saturn - sounds like a John Carter of Mars scifi novel. It's real. The north pole of Saturn has a six-sided jet stream (hexagonal = "looks like a honeycomb"). "Spanning about 20,000 miles (30,000 kilometers) across, the hexagon is a wavy jet stream of 200-mile-per-hour winds (about 322 kilometers per hour) with a massive, rotating storm at the center. There is no weather feature exactly, consistently like this anywhere else in the solar system." Look at the video and gif graphics at the site, and find out more.

     

     

    Downloads NASA's Eyes Astronomical virtual visualizations for all! From JPL at CalTech. It's kind of a download plus online program. You need to download the part for your computer in order to see all the rest. "This visualization tool requires a quick one-time download and install." Three programs in one:

  • Eyes on the Earth - Explore Earth's Vital Signs and fly along with NASA satellites.
  • Eyes on the Solar System - Explore our Solar Systems and the spacecraft exploring it.
  • Eyes on Exoplanets - Explore the planets around other stars in our galactic neighborhood.
  • Of course each one has plenty of options, and lots of things to see and do.

     

    New SiteNeutron Stars Explained (Atoms As Big As Mountains — Neutron Stars Explained) Another great educational video from Kurzgesagt. Very good and not overly complicated explanation of this amazing phenomenon. "Neutron Stars are some of the strangest things in the Universe. Not quite massive enough to become black holes, they are basically atoms as big as mountains with properties so extreme it's mind-blowing. And if you get too close to a neutron star you are in big trouble…"

     

     

    Picture of the Sun through a lens that allows only a specific wavelength.

    Sun surface

    Click on the photo to see a much larger version.

     

    Phoenix Mars Mission Wow! We have a lander on the North Pole of Mars! This is the education section of the official site. There's Mars 101, five sections of info about Mars. Just for Kids has the fun stuff and activities (and Steve the Cat.) Phoenix Classroom has lesson plans, activities, and resources. The Web Exhibit is worth watching, although the Flash video was rather small and hard to read. Pictures from Mars are accessible from the Phoenix home page.

     

    "The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity." HUGE 360 degree panoramic photo with amazing detail. Zoom in/out, scroll left/right/up/down, with or without constellations shown. Ooo/ahhh!

     

    Planets of the Solar System "What my site offers students that other solar system sites don't is a top-notch 3D interactive solar system model. (This is a great tool for students to visualize the solar system, and it's just plain fun to play around with.) Of course, my site also offers images, facts, data, and up-to-date solar system news. What you won't find on my site is a bunch of ads that detract from the educational material." This was way cool, good info, nice music, great graphical interface, just fun to play with!

     

    Flag of Ireland Planets for Kids is an astronomy site made by a nine year old kid for kids! Lots of good and easy to understand information. Facts that may be hard for a student to get elsewhere are in here. The site is quite colorful and well laid out, so it is easy to find what you need to do a report for school! Kudos to young Stephen and his dad, of Dublin, Ireland, for creating this site!

     

    Sizing up the Kuiper belt "With the help of students and amateur astronomers, scientists are learning more about the unusual objects, such as the Kuiper belt, at the edge of our solar system." The RECON organization's volunteer astronomers are helping to find out the size of Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs for short). The volunteers record and pass on "events where a KBO passes between Earth and some distant object, such as a star." This is called an occultation*. Using the already-known distance from Earth to the object, scientists can use the time of occultation to work out its diameter. This is a big step towards understanding what the object is made of (ice, rock). There's a video of an occultation and a short but useful glossary. This site is a page of the Society for Science & the Public's big, excellent web pages. PS Their Student Resources pages have a lot of resources and "recipes" for Science Projects!

     * occultation Any event where an object is briefly hidden from view when another object passes in front of it. In astronomy, this usually refers to objects such as asteroids passing in front of a star.

     

    Sky This is the "sky" portion of Sea and Sky's site. A very good resource, the site has good information on the Messier Catalog, constellations, photo galleries, tours of the solar system, an illustrated glossary, and games. We can't recommend the "Sky News" section for kids' viewing, but the rest of the site is excellent. Someone did a lot of work to gather and organize all this information.

     

    Gold Star Sky MarvelsThis site will knock your socks off! The whole site was made using the awesome free astronomy program, Celestia! The best way to explore Sky Marvels is to just dive in, look around, see what you like! It's akmost fractal in the number of side trails you can explore. Very educational and fun, too! Thank you, Gary M. Winter, for developing and posting this marvel!

     

    Solar System from Cookie Here is a four-minute video of the solar system for elementary students. Colorful and good special effects. All the basic info is in here and it is easy to understand. Still lists Pluto as a planet, though.

     

    Solar System Facts "Just the facts." and plenty of them. Fifteen pages - one for each planet, the Moon, the Sun, asteroids, dwarf planets, and comets. Each page has a photo of its planet and at least 12 interesting facts, written at an upper elementary level. There's also a list of general solar system facts on the main page. Thanks to the webmaster of this site for the email about it!

     

    Space.com LogoCovers anything related to space. Great photo galleries and videos. Sections for: Spaceflight, Science & Astronomy, Search for Life, Skywatching, Tech, and more. Stay up to date on space news and enjoy all those amazing photo galleries!

     

    Space Facts "is a growing collection of interesting facts about space, covering the planets, solar system, space exploration, galaxies and more." This site is full of awesome facts and great pictures!! It has sections on Cool Space Facts, all the Planets, the Dwarf Planets, the Sun, the Moon, the Andromeda Galaxy, a blog full of photos and news, and the Solar System as a whole. Scroll and click your way through the photo and graphics Gallery, o unbeliever, and be amazed.

     

    Space Science from Extreme Science. The space section of the larger site.

     

    Space Sciences from the Office of Naval Research, USN. There are two main sections, Observing the Sky and the Solar System, covers basic introduction the various sections of astronomy and have tons of information. The Navy & Satellites includes satellite launch trajectories, orbits, and how GPS works.

     

    StarChild Nice site for beginning astronomers from NASA. Good information and cute, too.

     

    StarDate Yep, it's the same people who have the show on National Public Radio! Stargazing, Resources, Teachers, more. Link opens into the Resources section, with links and a big glossary!

     

    Stellar Evolution is a fine repeating Flash video of the life and death of a star. Good for about 8th grade and up. Discusses stellar decay, elements. From Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia, USA.

     

    Downloads 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." We love the constellation settings that let you show the mythological chracters around the bowl of the sky! This is in the same genre as Celestia.

     

    The Nine 8 Planets A good informational site that adults and kids have used for years. Scroll down to Contents to see what they have.

     

    The Nine 8 Planets Just for Kids The elementary level version.

     

    UDF SkyWalker - the Hubble telescope Deep Field interactive site! Use the small field at the top left to scroll around in the larger field. Cool!

     

    Mass of the sun

     

    Weight vs. Mass What is mass? How is it different from weight? Mass is a measurement of the amount of matter something contains, while Weight is the measurement of the pull of gravity on an object. Mass is measured by using a balance comparing a known amount of matter to an unknown amount of matter. Weight is measured on a scale. The Mass of an object doesn't change when an object's location changes. Weight, on the other hand, does change with location.

     

    The Universe within 1 billion Light Years - The Neighbouring Superclusters. "Galaxies and clusters of galaxies are not uniformly distributed in the Universe, instead they collect into vast clusters and sheets and walls of galaxies interspersed with large voids in which very few galaxies seem to exist. The map above shows many of these superclusters including the Virgo supercluster - the minor supercluster of which our galaxy is just a minor member. The entire map is approximately 7 percent of the diameter of the entire visible Universe." There are also maps of other superclusters.

     

    vast universe Universe Epic Zoom Out (YouTube) American Museum of Natural History video with techno soundtrack. "Absolutely stunning", this is seven minutes of awesome wonder as you zoom out to the edge of the known universe, and back again. Really puts Earth in perspective for students.

     

     

     

     

     

    Vallis marinarus vs Grand Canyon

     

    View of Earth from Saturn

     View of Earth from Saturn, taken by Cassini probe. Click on the photo see a video with much larger views!

     

    Visible Earth NASA has listed their favorite photos of earth from space. Many cool photos, worth checking them out.

     

    Apollo 11 on launch pad We Choose The Moon is an interactive experience recreating the historic Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in real time. Once where only three men made the trip, now millions can. Live event begins 8:02 AM EDT July 16, 2009, with launch at 9:32 a.m., exactly 40 years after Apollo 11 lifted off. Going in Astronomy, Social Studies, and Technology.

     

     

    Welcome to the Planets This NASA site has plenty of photos and facts about the planets. Colorful and nicely laid out.

     

    What's Next for NASA: Planned Missions Through 2030 Big online poster lists and describes all the planned missions.

     

    Your Age on Other Worlds Your age in years is different on different planets! Find out why at this site.

     

    Your Place in the Universe! is a large, expandable graphic from South Africa. From left to right it starts out in your house and moves out into the galaxies. Lots of good explanations in between the pix. Kids love big colorful pictures they can explore.

     

    Your Weight On Other Worlds Kids are amazed at what they would weigh (or not weigh) on different planets!

     

    Zoom Astronomy "is a comprehensive on-line site about space and astronomy. It is designed for people of all ages and levels of comprehension. It has an easy-to-use structure that allows readers to start at a basic level on each topic and then to progress to much more advanced information as desired, simply by clicking on links." Extremely good site, typical of Zoom

     

     

    Think new puppy Keep looking up! 

     

     

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