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View Resource Main Sequence Stars

This website from the Australian Telescope Outreach and Education group provides a thorough introduction to the life and death of stars. The website uses text, diagrams, and images to help explain how stars evolve. Highlights include a discussion of stellar fusion reactions and also a straightforward calculation of the lifetime of a star.

View Resource Introduction to Stellar Astronomy

This web site contains lecture notes for an introductory course in stellar astronomy. It is meant for non-science majors, with a small amount of trig and algebra.

View Resource Dying Stars and the Birth of the Elements

Project CLEA at Gettysburg College and the XMM-Newton Education group at Sonoma State University have created a new computer-based activity. Students analyze realistically simulated X-ray spectra of a supernova remnant and determine the abundances of various elements in them. It includes a teacher manual and a pre- and post-test for assessing the activity. The executable file contained on this...

View Resource NASA's Origins Program

Since time immemorial, humans have asked such fundamental questions as "Are we alone" and "Where did we come from?". Taking on some of those fundamental questions through the use of scientific inquiry is the Origins program, operated under the auspices of NASA. As an introductory essay on the program authored by Alan Dresser on the site suggests: "The eruptive growth of 20th century astronomy...

View Resource NOVA: Origins

At NOVA's Origins website, users can "journey back to the beginning of everything: the universe, Earth, and life itself." The web site offers a series of interactive modules where visitors can decide if life exists on other planets in the Milky Way, view where scientists are making large discoveries of life's origins, and much more. Users can find fascinating articles addressing life on Mars, the...

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