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View Resource Student Observation Network

Developed by NASA, the Student Observation Network (SON) provides visitors "with the necessary tools to observe the dynamic connections between the Sun and the Earth." The four programs: Sunspotters, Radio Waves, Magnetosphere, and Auroral Friends are full of fun activities including building telescopes and constructing Magnetometers. Students are encouraged to submit their data to SON which then...

View Resource Down to Earth Astronomy

Created by the Space Telescope Science Institute, this website provides access to fun and engaging learning activities about astronomy, all of which live up to the website's name. The Institute also happens to oversee the grant administration, planning, scheduling, and public outreach activities for the Hubble Space Telescope, so it makes sense that they would have some rather nice materials. ...

View Resource GLAST: The Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope

A NASA mission expected to launch in 2006, the Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) is being developed to observe celestial gamma-ray sources in the 10MeV to over 100GeV energy band. After discovering its four key objectives, visitors can learn about GLAST's Precision Tracker Calorimeter, Data Acquisition System, and Anticoincidence Detector. Students and educators will find documentation...

View Resource Demonstrations and Animations for Teaching Astronmy

This website is intended for teachers to use these animations in class to illustrate important astronomy concepts like: lunar phases, Kepler's Laws, retrograde motion, the Doppler Effect, spectral lines, Kirchoff's Laws, and the seasons.

View Resource Venus, Earth's Structural Sister: Investigations Using Radar Imagery

Let's face it: It's pretty difficult to get to Venus to do hands-on fieldwork. This helpful teaching resource from Vicki Hansen at the University of Minnesota-Duluth overcomes some of those difficulties by allowing students the opportunity to do just that, in a manner of speaking. Using data from NASA, students will learn how to construct of geologic map of a region of Venus' surface. The...

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