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View Resource GeoAstro Applet Collection

Authored by Jurgen Geisen, this site has more than sixty-five Java applets. The interactive resources provide detailed solar and lunar data and the daily and annual path of the sun and moon for any location. More specifically, the collection has fourteen applets concerning the moon, and another twelve which solely describe sundials. Six other resources focus on topics such as: the Venus transit...

View Resource Six Ways to Discourage Learning in Astronomy

One way to improve your teaching is to become aware of very common things teachers often do which don't help the learning process, and avoid them! This usually takes some practice, and discussion with others who teach. Six of these behaviors you should note and avoid are: insufficient "wait time," the rapid reward, the programmed answer, non-specific feedback questions, teacher's...

View Resource Introductory Astronomy Clearinghouse: Labs and Exercises

Created by staff members at the University of Washington's Astronomy Department, this online clearinghouse consists of applications, lectures, and in-class activities is designed to be used in a range of introductory astronomy courses. The materials here are divided into eight areas, including "Observing the Sky", "Solar System", "Stars", and "Milky Way Galaxy". Visitors can download each file...

View Resource International Year of Astronomy

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA) is a year long celebration of astronomical and scientific milestones. The U.S. website of the IYA offers a host of information about the learning opportunities, community events, and celebrations planned for the IYA in the U.S. Visitors interested in the IYA outside of the U.S. can click on the link "International Homepage" on the right side of the...

View Resource Life in the Universe: The Drake Equation

This set of lecture slides, authored by Christopher Churchill of Pennsylvania State University, provides images, pictures, information, and graphs that guide students through the variables involved in the Drake Equation. Stellar formation, planetary information, ecospheres, the formation of life, the possibility of intelligent life, and the technology that is needed to communicate with other...

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