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View of Earth from Apollo 13

Astronomy Links and Resources.

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Astroventure Astronomy Training

Great astronomy review - use what you learn here to go on a mission and to go on the planet design programs below.

Astroventure Astronomy Mission

Astrobiology mission from NASA - complete the Astroventure training first!

Astroventure - Design a Planet

Test different variables such as planet location, type of star, and Jupiter location to see if you can design a planet suitable for life.

Planet Generator

Content Review - this website incorporates all of the things we will go over in science. Use your scientific knowledge to design a planet suitable for life.  Looks like a good final exam problem...

Brainpop Astronomy

Brainpop Video Series covering major concepts in astronomy.

Sun-Earth Viewer

Interactive flash website that lets you view live images of the Sun.  You can also view archives of past SOHO images.

The Sun in 3D

Get your 3D glasses - it's time to watch a real star!  It's time to watch the Sun in 3D. Great stereographic images show you the properties of a star.

Space Weather

You can see the following materials on this amazing website :
  Satellite Tracker - enter your zip code to see when the ISS and other artificial satellites are flying over your house.
   Sun in Motion - great footage of the Sun - includes real motion movies.
   4D Ionosphere - magnetic field activity - works with Google Earth.
  Sunspots, Solar Wind, and Magnetic Field - learn about what is going on with the sun right now!
   Hazerdous Asteroids - what is heading our way?
See this and lots more!

PSU Astronomy Simulators

Astronomy Sims and Animations about the following topics :

Space-Time, Disk Formation, Eclipses, Equipvalence Principle, Exotic Stars and Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, Kepler, Phases of Venus, Retrograde Motion, Planets and Satelites, Orbital Motion, Celestial Sphere, Motion of the Sun,  and more!



Sun, Moon, and Earth

Animation showing the spatial relationship between the Sun, Moon, and Earth in space. Great for reviewing eclipses.

Universe Today


Astronomy podcasts, news, and information the science behind the things you see in astronomy.

City in Space

Webquest about the International Space Station - good class project.

Milky Way 3D

NASA's Planet Quest - view the Milky Way in stunning 3D. Great relaxing music too!

Solar System Explorer

NASA's Solar System Explorer - great interactive multimedia website for learning more about our solar system. 

Jet Propulsion Lab

NASA JPL - view current NASA images, movies, and missions. Click on solar system for a virtual field trip.  Great multimedia as always from NASA.

Interactive Solar System of Science

Ever wanted to hurl comets at Jupiter? How about hurling solar radiation at the Sun or astroids at Mercury? Great interactive features and information about our solar system.  You can even help discover Pluto!

Angry Red Planet

You get to participate on a simulated mission to Mars - learn about what goes into this very complicated mission.


NASA's updated astrobiology website - the main focus is current astrobiology missions.  NASA is studying ecosystems on Earth that could be similar to ecosystems on Mars, Titan, and beyond.

NASA Podcasts

Great for current events articles - see what NASA is up to and learn the latest science behind the headlines.  Pay particular attention to how chemistry and physics are integrated into astronomy.  You will really see how the sciences are related after listening to a couple of these podcasts. We'll probably check a few out in class.

Astronomy Magazine Main Website

You can see the magazine's interactive stardome and see what is out tonight. Check out the astronomy for kids website with games and features.  Learn about current astronomy news and how things work.  Great for current events articles. I also have some issues in class that can be borrowed.

Astronomy Software

This is a resource for finding and using astronomy software. Included in the list is the free software program used in class called Stellarium.  Stellarium has a great click and zoom feature that lets you see in detail some of the cool stuff in the night sky.  You can also get Celestia here which has a great graphical tour of the solar system. I like to use Celestia to compare and contrast the moons of the solar system. 

Sky and Telescope

Official website for Sky and Telescope Magazine. Use this website for interactive star charts.

Sky Maps

Download free sky maps every month. You can look at the Northern and Southern hemisphere any month and any time.  Print one out, take it outside, and learn some new constellations.

Cassini-Hyugens Mission

NASA's mission to Saturn. Learn about the latest news from the ringed planet.  Cassini-Hyugens has also studied the moons of Saturn which have proven to be just as interesting as Saturn itself.

Current Impact Risks

Apophis 2029?

Kepler's Laws

Interactive feature showing Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion.

NASA Home and City

Find out how space exploration impacts your daily life here.

NASA for Students

NASA Science Site for students in grades 5-8. Do not forget to check out the additional interactives on the right hand side.

University of Hawaii Hands on Astronomy Activities

Lots of hands on Earth and Space Science Activities. Includes faults, interactive Mars features, rocket construction, and more.

Relativity Animations

Learn what happens as you travel at the speed of light. In the first simulation, you will fly by a house and in the second simulation, you will go through a house. Watch what happens to your perspective as you get closer to the speed of light. Notice that you won't be able to go at 100% the speed of light.

The Face on Mars

Did the Viking mission find a monument built by an ancient civilation in 1976 or is this a lesson in wind erosion?

Sun, Moon, and Earth

Animations designed to show the exact postion of the Sun, Moon, and Earth during a solar and lunar eclipse.

Night Sky Notes

Abrams Observatory presents notes that show you what is going on in the night sky. If you are looking for observing tips, this is the place to go!

Hawaiian Astronomical Society Deep Sky Index

Very detailed information about contellstions, deep sky objects, and more.  You can learn about the mythology behind each constellation and see images of the deep sky objects contained within the area of the sky.

Hands On Universe

Download content to help you find stars and constellations in addition to learning more about moon and planetary science.

Interactive Sky Chart

Click on the constellation name to see what the group of stars look like. You can also view 360 degrees around to see what other constellations are close by. This is a great way to learn new constellations. Choose one that you can find and then look at those constellations around it.


Online telescope - check out the user content to see some awesome stuff like Mars passing through the Messier Object "Beehave Cluster."


NASA Science site focusing on space science.  There is eclipse information, rocketry, earth in space, plus the physical and biological sciences.  As always, great multimedia from NASA>

Shadow and Substance

Visual and entertainment website that shows astronomy. There is total eclipse information and animation here in addition to items that are on the headlines.


Featured Astronomy Site - "My Solar System"

Featured Astronomy Site - World Wide Telescope

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