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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 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 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 Virtual Field Trip

This immersive multimedia application was developed to provide students with the ability to virtually explore areas on Earth that have been identified as analog sites to regions on Mars. Users zoom in from a global view down to a surface view of a site, where they are placed into a 360 degree spherical virtual reality surface panorama. They can navigate around the site selecting various objects...

View Resource GRACE Educational Material

This portal provides access to learning materials derived from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission. These include a large set of activities for students at all levels, tested and aligned to the national education standards. Topics include satellites and gravity; the weather, climate, and atmosphere; and the oceans. There is also a coloring and activity book, posters and...

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