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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 Astronomy

This unit introduces students to some general concepts of astronomy. Topics include geocentric versus heliocentric theories of the solar system and how they explain the sun's movements, sidereal days versus solar days, and why we have seasons. There is also discussion of Kepler's laws of orbital motion, the phases of the Moon, how eclipses occur, and how tides are produced. A vocabulary list and...

View Resource Universe: Animation and Video

This collection of animations and video, designed to accompany a textbook on astronomy, is intended to enhance students' understanding of astronomy concepts. The animations cover an extensive selection of topics, including astronomical distances, the celestial sphere and seasons, and the motion of Earth's moon. There are also features dealing with the solar system and planets, stars and stellar...

View Resource Astrogeology Research Program: Maps and Products

This portal provides access to an extensive selection of maps, imagery, and geospatial data for the Moon, Earth, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and other planetary bodies and moons. Some materials are available for online viewing and downloading; others must be purchased. A link to map prices and purchasing information is provided.

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...

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