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This tutorial explains some of the techniques developed by astronomers to determine the distances of objects we see in the sky. Links to additional information are embedded in the text. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Space science
 
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This is an infrared (IR) GOES satellite image of the United States, taken in December 2004. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed
Subject: Space science
 
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Visitors to this site can access a variety of materials on astronomy and stargazing. Topics include stargazing tips, a monthly almanac, audio broadcasts, and links to news articles, books, and images. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Space science
 
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This chapter from an online astronomy course briefly describes the formation of the solar system from an accretionary disk. Links to additional resources, a homework assignment, and a quiz are included. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Space science
 
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In this activity, students will learn about the magnetosphere, the effects of solar activity, and the importance of the Earth's magnetic field in protecting living organisms from solar radiation. Background information, a materials list, procedures, outcomes, and standards are included. Links to a glossary and to additional information are embedded in the text. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Space science
 
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Using this kit, students may construct paper models of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. Parts sheets for printing, instructions, and a list of other required materials are included. Links to other related sites are also provided. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Space science
 
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Students may color and assemble this eight-cube paper puzzle of the solar system. Parts for printing, instructions, and reference materials on the planets are provided. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Ref. material
Subject: Space science
 
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Students can construct a scale model of the U.S. Space Shuttle orbiter. Parts, which must be printed on paper, and instructions are provided. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Space science
 
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Selected science questions are posted here and answered at the end of the week. Previous questions of the week and their answers are also listed in reverse chronological order. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ask an expert
Subject: Space science
 
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This page links to several sites with reference materials covering such topics as solar storms and flares, the magnetosphere, and other issues in Sun-Earth research. Links to a glossary and to a summary of the Ulysses solar study mission are also included. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Space science
 
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