- Easier - Astronomy is
the study of things found in space such as the sun,
planets, moons, and stars.
- Harder - Astronomy,
one of the oldest sciences, is the study of celestial
bodies such as planets, stars, and other objects in
space. Astronomers locate objects in the daytime or
nighttime skies and measure their magnitudes and
motions, searching to find what they are made of and
how they create their light.
- Learn about the planets, see sky maps to find your
favorite stars, and get answers to astronomy
- Similar Website:
- 2) StarChild: A Learning Center for Young
- Here you have the basics of backyard astronomy
including the equipment needed.
and their Stars
- This website describes constellations and gives
information on specific constellations and stars; when
you can see them, and what they look like.
- Related Website:
- 2) Constellation List http://einstein.stcloudstate.edu/Dome/constellns/constlist.html
- Earth &
- More than a daily radio program, this companion
site has astronomy articles and the 'Tonight's Sky'
- Related Website:
- 2) Astronomy Picture of the Day http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
- 3) Skylights from J.B. Kaler http://www.astro.uiuc.edu/~kaler/skylights.html
- Visit some of the astronomy websites,
then select and complete a project:
- Be an Amateur Astronomer.
Examine both daytime and nighttime
skies. Use The
Constellations and their Stars to help
you locate and identify as many planets,
stars, and other sky objects as possible.
Keep a log that records the date of each
sighting, its location, and your own
description of what you observe. Begin
with those objects that you can see with
just your eyes, then try using a pair of
binoculars and/or a telescope.
- Be a Skies Illustrator. Using
crayon, watercolor, KidPix, or other art
medium of your choice, draw celestial
objects such as planets, stars, etc. Write
a poem about your astronomical artwork.
Display your work.
- Take a Field Trip. If you are
lucky enough, visit a nearby planetarium
or observatory. If this is not possible,
then go to a virtual site like (1)
Observatory, (2) Chabot
Observatory, (3) Lowell
Observatory, (4) Roberto
Bondar Planetarium, or the (5)
Planetarium. Write a brief summary of
your field trip and post it for other
- Complete an Astronomy Webquest.
Select from these different
- 1) StarGazing http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/edad728/stargaze.html/project.html
- 2) Astronomy for High School
- 3) Comet Web Quest
- 4) Planetary Web Quest http://students.itec.sfsu.edu/edt628/hovey/index.html
- 5) Searching for Just the Right
- Websites By Kids For Kids
for Kids (ThinkQuest
- Learn about black holes, comets, stars and the
Sun, constellations, eclipses, the Moon, planets, and
more at this amazing site created by sixth grade
- Astronomy (ThinkQuest
- At this Webside, you can find a lot about
astronomy: the sun, the nine planets and
Our Skies: Discovering the Cosmos
- This website includes the history of space
exploration, the physics and proposed theories of
space and time, and the history and methods of
- CosmoNet (ThinkQuest
- This site's main focus is theoretical and related
to topics such as the Big Bang, the expansion of the
universe, and the number of dimensions in the
universe; however, it also provides basic information
about the formation of planets and stars and the
structure of cosmic systems.
- Learn about the solar system, space exploration,
and other astronomy matters. The interactive section
features quizzes, activities, and a game.
A Tour of Our Solar System (ThinkQuest
- This website provides an in depth view into the
inner and outer workings of the planets in our
into the Heavens (ThinkQuest
- Here you find illustrations of constellations as
well a history of the legends associated with each.
The site also has information about the formation of
stars and solar systems, how stars work, and
explanations of white dwarfs, neutron stars, black
holes, and other anomalies.
of Space and Time (ThinkQuest
- This resource covers black holes, the planets, and
many anomalies of space. Discover interstellar
phenomena that you didn't even know existed.
- Ever wonder what a black hole is? Or a worm hole?
Superstrings? Dark matter? Here's a web site that
covers all that along with galaxies, nebulae, quasars,
and the Theory of Everything.
Quest (ThinkQuest Project)
- The website features research, knowledge, and
collaboration for those interested in our solar
- Here's information and a star chart of each of the
25 constellations most commonly seen. Read about new
discoveries in astronomy, information on comets, and
links to other astronomy pages.
- More Astronomy Websites
Astronomy by D. Irving
- This site contains information about 'star
parties', a virtual tour of Licking Observatory, and
links to other astronomy websites.
Information Links for Teachers
- Here every month you find a brief discussion of a
topic in astronomy.
Light. Night Light from the Why
- If you have not seen a truly dark sky, you may not
know that the urban glow conceals a network of
uncountable stars in intriguing constellations.
- Here is an astronomy facts site; submit your
- The site provides an overview of the history,
mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of
the planets and moons in our solar system.
Access Astronomy Project: Remotely Operated
- This program has been extended to allow high
schools to participate by accessing this Website and
downloading images and educational programs.
- This links-site connects to all kinds of space and
and Telescope Magazine
- Since 1941 Sky & Telescope has been the
world's leading source of accurate and up-to-date
information about astronomy and space science.
Over The Western Trails at Overland
- This links-site provides some great starting
locations for beginning astronomy.
- Websites for Teachers
- Here is an online course on astronomy that is
adaptable to most age and interest levels.
- Similar Website:
- 2) Space and Astronomy at Athena
Lesson Plans and Activities
- This is links-site to lots of lesson plans on
- Other Similar Lesson Plan Sites:
- 2) Astronomy Monthy Lesson Plans http://www.synapses.co.uk/astro/
- 3) Astronomy Activities http://rip.physics.unk.edu/Astronomy/
- 4) Awesome Library
Discover School .com--Understanding the
- Here you can access several great k-12 Astronomy
Project (NASA & Montana State
- This site holds an extensive library of on-line
and interactive K-12 science education materials for
the Sun in a New Light (Grades 10-12) by D.P.
- Begin with a general discussion of X-rays before
bringing up the Sun. Some student might look up
beforehand information about the "Chandra" orbiting
telescope. The lesson leads to investigating the solar
Basic Astronomy Demonstrations for Early Elementary
Ages by W.P. Blair
- Here are astronomical ideas and concepts that can
be demonstrated with a few simple materials and a
Nights by J. Komanapalli
- Students will participate in a 'star party' and
learn about why stars are so important, who discovered
constellations, and understand the significance of
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