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View Resource Astronomy Animations

This collection of animations introduces students to planetary motions, gravitational effects, and the scale of astronomical distances. Students can view visualizations of Earth's changing seasons, circumpolar motion, and the celestial equator and ecliptic plane. Animations on gravity explain how satellites orbit, the motions of comets and meteor storms, and gravitational 'warping'. Other...

View Resource Exploring the Moon Educator Guide

This educator's guide with activities promotes problem solving, communication skills and teamwork. Topics include lunar geology and regolith, distance to the moon, Apollo landing sites, and life support systems. Some of the activities involve the Lunar Sample Disk, a set of samples of lunar rocks and regolith embedded in a 15-cm diameter plastic disk. Disks are sent via registered mail to...

View Resource Exploring the Moon

This product is the teachers guide to a program that allows educators to borrow lunar samples and provides activities and a slide set to support lessons on lunar exploration, geology and history. Materials are available for download in PDF format.

View Resource Planetary Gallery

In this lesson, learners examine images of the Sun, the Moon, Pluto, and all eight planets in the Solar System. Students determine the diameter of each object from a scale bar provided with each image and then rank the objects in order of size. Using a customized version of ImageJ running as an applet, students are introduced to setting scale and units of measurement.

View Resource Newton's Theory of Universal Gravitation

Authored and curated by David P. Stern, this is a lesson plan for teaching Newton's formulation of gravity. It is linked to textual reference materials about the theory and history of gravity. The motion of astronomical objects is used to motivate the presentation. This material is part of a larger site, "From Stargazers to Starships," which teaches physics through applications of space science.

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