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This website from NASA's Infrared Astrophysics Data Center describes: the discovery of infrared waves; what infrared waves are and how they are used in astronomy; atmospheric windows; near, middle, and far infrared; the infrared universe; and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. It also provides an IR astronomy timeline; history and development of IR detector technology; information on projects, news and discoveries; ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), General public
Resource type: Tutorial, Imagery - remotely sensed, Visualization - scientific, Educational portal
Subject: Space science
 
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This resource is part of the Science Education Gateway (SEGway) project, funded by NASA, which is a national consortium of scientists, museums, and educators working together to bring the latest science to students, teachers, and the general public. This activity introduces students to planetary research. Using some of the most famous and interesting images of the Solar System, students learn to focus ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), Informal
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Module / Unit, Photograph, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Space science
 
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This Amazing Space activity examines the Hubble Deep Field image and allows students to simulate the process astronomers go through to count, classify, and identify objects, as well as estimate distances. It seeks to convey the importance of collaboration among scientists as well as the possibility of more than one acceptable answer to any scientific inquiry. Follow-up activities, links, and an instructor ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Space science
 
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This collection of lithographs includes downloadable, printable pictures and information about Earth and its Moon (including the famous 'blue marble' photo of Earth taken by the crew of Apollo 17), the other planets of the solar system, their moons, the sun, the Kuiper belt, and the Oort cloud. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Space science
 
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The Sun-Earth Viewer is an experimental Flash-based viewer that allows visitors to zoom and pan live NASA solar and Earth images. In addition, it features video interviews with scientists and detailed scientific animations, extensive interactive sun-earth illustrations, and live interactive solar and aurora images. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Video, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Space science
 
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This educator's guide consists of nine sequential activities for younger students, in which they acquire content knowledge and conduct investigations to compare and contrast Mars and Earth. They will begin by examining images of the two planets, learn about the instruments used to make them, and use the knowledge they have gained by examining images of Earth to begin analyzing images of Mars. The ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), Informal
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Space science
 
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This educator's guide features eight activities in which younger students use brainstorming, observations, and experiments to learn about the Sun. They will begin by learning that light is our means of studying the Sun, use spectroscopes to separate white light into its component colors, and learn that there are other forms of light outside the visible spectrum. Then the students will conduct experiments ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), Informal
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Space science
 
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This tutorial traces the history of the telescope, beginning with Galileo's first small refractor, to the era of orbiting space telescopes. Topics include Galileo's trouble with the church over the observations he made with his new instrument, Sir Isaac Newton's invention of the reflecting telescope, and the development of technologies that made it possible to construct increasingly larger, more powerful ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Informal, General public
Resource type: Tutorial, Illustration - artistic, Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Photograph, Glossary, Ref. material
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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These science bulletins from the American Museum of Natural History feature news on space science, astronomy, and astrophysics topics with in-depth feature stories about cutting-edge developments, weekly images from observatories around the world and in space, and and 'Astro Viz', a visualization of astronomical or astrophysical phenomena. Each story features a link to an educators' guide and links ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Informal, General public
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Video, Ref. material, Educational portal
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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This resource gives an impression of how immense our Universe is by starting with an image of the Earth and then zooming out to the furthest visible reaches of the Universe. Its goal is to show astronomical distances without scientific notation. Instead, it focuses on the large number of zeros that are in astronomical distances when we measure them with a familiar unit like the kilometer. The number ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Informal
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Space science
 
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