Astronomy Resources

4th & 5th Grade Student Research Resources: Space -
9 Planets of Our Solar System - WebQuest - Welcome to a search about the 9 planets of our solar system. Your task is to visit the web sites to out facts about the planets and the solar system. List at least three facts on your planet paper about each planet. Try to find one interesting fact to share with the class. Draw and color a picture of each planet. Label the planet clearly.
Amazing Space - The Space Telescope Science Institute - the organization responsible for the scientific operation of the Hubble Space Telescope - hired teachers to develop a collection of K-12 web-based interactive astronomy lessons complete with student activities and teacher guides. There are several different units with topics on: Black Holes, Galaxies, Stars, the Solar System, Telescopes, Hubble Space Telescope.
Are We Alone In The Universe? The Truth Is With - ThinkQuest Entry - Discover some of the most intriguing UFO mysteries of this century. Comprehension & entertainment will be with you as you navigate through our site. UFO fanatics & keen space explorers will be able to share theories with others. 
Astronomy and Space - North Canton Schools -
Astronomy For Kids - Want to make astronomy lessons appealing to kids? This site claims they know how! Promises a great time exploring space, with puzzles, sky maps, and postcards along the way. Explore the planets first. Each planet comes equipped with a kid-tested lesson, and questions answered such as What is it made of? What's it like down there? Elementary through middle school.
Astronomy Home Page (Fremont, MI High School) - ThinkQuest Entry - Information and images about Astronomy. Includes searchable index. The purpose of creating these pages was to introduce students in elementary through high school to the beauty of the universe.
Astronomy Interactive Network - ThinkQuest Entry - Comprehensive overview of astronomy - collaboration tools, interactive sections and games, hundreds of pages of on aspects of astronomy, ranging from radio telescopes to short biographies of dozens of influential astronomers.
Astronomy Lesson Plan Page and Curricular Resources Page on Astronomy - These CLN Theme Pages have links to two types of resources. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Astronomy Online - Explore the mysterious universe - ThinkQuest Entry - Graphical, interactive, informative astronomy site. A place for discussions. A gallery, forum, quiz, uploading, downloading, surveys, search, and more.
Astronomy: Our Place in Space - Learn, study, explore, and play games! from the American Museum of Natural History
AstroWeb: Astronomy on the Internet - A collection of pointers to astronomically relevant Internet resources, including its own search engine.
Berit's Best Sites For Children: Space
Blast Off Into Space(SpaceQuest) - WebQuest - The only trace of evidence to our past is in space. This is where our journey begins venturing into space, out to understand everything that is yet to be discovered.
Build a Solar System - To get an accurate sense of space in our solar system, try this online calculator. Just fill in the blank for the sun's size in your model, and the JavaScript calculator will automatically fill in scaled sizes and distances for all the planets.
Cassini: Voyage to Saturn -
Classifying the Planets - WebQuest - Scientists classify planets in many different ways. Today you work for NASA and will use information you gather from the Internet and/or other references to make decisions on how you will classify the planets. Your task is to classify each of the nine planets using these criteria: Its orbit in relation to Earth--INFERIOR or SUPERIOR. The make-up of its surface--ROCKY (TERRESTRIAL) or GAS (JOVIAN). Its size or diameter--GIANT or SMALL. Its ability to be seen by our eyes--CLASSICAL or MODERN. After looking at information about the planets, how would you classify the planets?
CLN Theme Page: Astronomy Curriculum - Community Learning Network has outstanding theme page resources.
Cosmic Dust: Mankind's Voyage into the Unknown - ThinkQuest Entry - Overview of our galaxy & the quest mankind has made of exploring. It chronicles the beginning of man's interactions with astronomy all the way up to modern day space exploration missions. Significant library of information.
CERES Project - A team of master teachers, university faculty, and NASA researchers have created a series of web-based astronomy lessons for the CERES Project. These classroom-ready activities for K-12 students represent a robust combination of teaching/learning strategies from the National Science Education Standards, NASA science data, and Internet pointers to an endless supply of accurate and timely resources. Two types of classroom-ready lessons: Student Inquiry / Extension Lessons and SpaceQuests.
CyberSpace! - ThinkQuest Entry - Pristine graphics of planets and user input make this site a very informative astrological resource. It includes a VRML section and is an excellent example of an easy-to-navigate web site design.
Discovery Online: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Hubble - Who can resist a title like that? With a daily log, live feed, Ask the Astronauts, more.
Eric's Black Sun Eclipse Website -
Exploring Planets in the Classroom - More than 25 hands-on science activities are provided in classroom-ready pages for both teachers and students for exploring Earth, the planets, geology, and space sciences.
Footprints on Mars - ThinkQuest Entry - Addresses the science, art, literature, and history of Mars. Includes section on possible colonization of the planet and the ethical issues that may arise.
For Kids Only- Earth Science Enterprise - This site has many interesting activities for young students to learn about various earth science concepts. An interactive online coloring book is a unique feature of this web site.
From Mercury to Pluto - ThinkQuest Entry - Complete database of the solar system. Spectacular graphics keep students engaged in learning. Thousands of hours of research was involved in compiling this information-intense site.
Galaxy photography - Great pictures of galaxies throughout our universe.
Galileo K-12 Educator's Resources - Items produced by Galileo's Educational Outreach Office including curriculum units, slide sets, and background sheets.
Greatest hits from the Hubble Telescope - Just like the title says - many unique space photographs.
Hands-On Universe - Hands-On Universe (HOU) is an educational program that enables students to investigate the Universe while applying tools and concepts from science, math, and technology. Using the Internet, HOU participants around the world request observations from an automated telescope, download images from a large image archive, and analyze them with the aid of user-friendly image processing software.
Hotlist: Space -
Imagine the Universe! -
Is Earth the Only Planet ? - WebQuest - Do you know the name of the 9 planets in the galaxy called the Milky Way? You will visit the various planets using the internet in order to answer the question; "Why is Earth the Only Planet You Can Live On?"
Journey Into the Universe - WebQuest - Students engage in a problem-solving trip through our Solar System.  They must decide what items to bring along to survive on a distant planet.
KID CITY SPACEPORT - Extensive listing of sites relating to space.
KidsClick! Space - Resources selected by librarians for kids.
Life of a Star - ThinkQuest Entry - Provides definitions for several different types of stars. Includes a glossary of terms related to Astrophysics
Liftoff to Space Exploration - NASA has been great providing content rich websites on a multitude of space related subjects. Liftoff to Space Exploration created by the Science Directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center places much of that information now on one site. The site contains the following topics: news from all over NASA; Spacecraft (including rockets, space stations, and satellites); the Human Journey (living in space, astronauts, and pioneers); The Universe (space, the solar system, stars, and galaxies); Earth (weather, atmosphere, and remote sensing); and keeping track of satellites and spacecraft.
Lunar Prospector -
Manned Space Flight Project - ThinkQuest Entry - Traces the history of the United States Manned Space Flights includes Project Mercury,Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and the Space Shuttle Program
Mars Academy - ThinkQuest Entry - Designing a manned mission to Mars - Trajectories calculated, rockets designed & selected, life support systems integrated into the spacecraft to provide nourishment & a survivable environment to the astronauts.
Mars: Fact or Fiction - ThinkQuest Entry - The entry provides information about Mars as it is now through links to scientific resources. How Mars has been considered in history and the fictional presentation of Mars is presented through films and literature.
Mars: Mankind's Future Lies in Space - ThinkQuest Entry - Designed in response to the recent Pathfinder mission. Addresses the Pathfinder mission in detail concerning the Rover, experimentation, & scientific results. Site encompasses approximately 459 pages, and over 108 megabytes.
Mars Millennium Project - The Mars Millennium Project, an official White House Millennium Council Youth Initiative, challenges students across the United States to design an ideal community for the planet Mars that incorporates the best aspects of their own local communities. The project begins in the fall of 1999, but materials to prepare for it should be available this month. GRADE LEVEL: K-12
Mars Quest - WebQuest - It is the year 2025. Terris T. Rialle, Director of Interplanetary Travel, has just hired your team as travel guides. Interplanetary travel has become very popular and you see a great future in this business. You want to provide travelers with the best information you can and plan to become a leader in your field. Grades 5-8
Mission Mars - ThinkQuest Entry - A wonderful site exploring the possibility of colonizing the planet Mars. A multitude of imaginative and educational information is presented in a sophisticated and organized way.
Mission to Mars Homepage - ThinkQuest Entry - This entry is a history of the planet Mars with a lot of information on other missions to Mars. It has a simulated Mission to Mars which also contains a lot of information as you gather materials and probes to take on the mission. The content of this ThinkQuest 1997 award winning site covers the history of Mars, man's fascination with it, and our exploratory missions.
Moon Phases: The Moon's Many Faces - WebQuest - Travel through space and time to learn the many faces of the moon and to answer the questions: Is the moon really made of cheese? Where does the moon go after 29-31 days? The purpose of this space journey is to learn about the moon phases and to find out what the moon is made of.
MoonQuest - WebQuest - Students explore Moon legends and data by forming expert teams and sharing knowledge. Grades 5-8
MountainQuest - WebQuest - Students divide into five research teams to make recommendations for building a new observatory for NASA. Students will evaluate scientific and cultural data for five potential sites in Antarctica, Japan, Chile, and the United States and make presentations to a formal review panel. Grades 9-12
Mysteries of Space and Time - ThinkQuest Entry -
Secrets of distant suns, black holes, & stellar anomalies in space & time. Designed to allow students to experience and learn about some of the mysteries, ideas, and theories of stellar objects & space & time.
NASA Classroom of the Future -
NASA Kids - Designed for students from Kindergarten to 8th grade, this site has sections on Space and Beyond; Rockets and Airplanes; Projects and Games; and Pioneers and Astronauts. Loads of child-friendly information on a myriad of scientific and technical subjects, such as space, space suits, living in space, sundials, weather, the water cycle, careers, and astronomy, as well as fun stuff like "How Old Would You Be on Another Planet?" The Teacher's Corner includes links to NASA resources for teachers. Produced by the Science Directorate of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and built by the Liftoff to Space Exploration team.
NASA Human Spaceflight -View the International Space Station and much more from this comprehensive Spaceflight site developed by NASA. Included are real-time trackings of the station, status reports and news releases, a video and image scrapbook, and mission recaps. Also, see how your school can participate in NASA's Educational Outreach Programs. K-12
NASA K-12 Internet Initiative: Quest - This comprehensive site, sponsored by NASA, brings authentic scientific and engineering experiments and pursuits "out of the box and ready to go to classrooms around the world." Use the Online Interactive Projects link to access NASA sponsored online interactive projects which features current projects, upcoming projects, archives, and lessons learned. Explore the Recent Projects Live from the Hubble Space Telescope and Online From Jupiter to gain insight on how interactive networks can be used as teaching tools via biographies, field journals, and classroom activities. Be sure to visit the interdisciplinary project Live From Antarctica 2, a project in collaboration with Passport to Knowledge, which began in early January and remains active until April 1997.
NASA News - Find out what's going on at NASA! Read the current status reports on Agency projects and events, news releases, upcoming launch activity, and television broadcast schedules for NASA Television.
NASA Observatorium - NASA's Observatorium is a public access site for Earth and space data. Check out Fun & Games
NASA's Planetary Photojournal - A NASA database with over 1200 space images.
NASA Spacelink - NASA Spacelink is one of NASA's electronic resources specifically developed for use by the educational community. This comprehensive electronic library contains current and historical information related to NASA's aeronautics and space research. Educators can utilize Spacelink which provides electronic access to NASA educational materials, news, and reference data as well as educational products, images and computer software that can be useful to educators, students, and general public. Spacelink also provides a powerful search feature and links to other NASA educational sites throughout the Internet.
New Star On The Horizon - ThinkQuest Entry - Realities of living & working in space. Concept of space stations in historical context. Explore benefits of having such a facility. Participate in building your own space station, take a quiz & solve a crossword puzzle. 
Nine Planets - WebQuest - Blast off! Travel through space to explore and answer questions about the nine planets in the solar system.
Nine Planets - Take a virtual tour of our solar system.
Online Planetarium Show Homepage - ThinkQuest Entry - Main feature of this site is the spectacular images of the Hubble Space Telescope plus an Astronomy Gallery. Interactive site that allows visitors to comment on the site and discuss the issue of light pollution.
P.A.W.S - Planetary Advanced Warning System - WebQuest - A WWW Research Investigation developed by Carolyn Hinshaw. The Research Investigation is based on the Research Cycle from the work of Dr. Jamie McKenzie and the Bellingham School District. 
Planet Facts - Planet facts written in "kid language".
Planet Quest - ThinkQuest Entry - Planet Quest uses the full potential of the Internet technology to provide a central location for information about the planets, moons, and other items in our solar system. There are pictures, planet comparisons, quizzes, and links to other astronomy sites and clubs. The search engine is easy to use, and provides excellent resource links to the subject being searched.
Planetary Web Quest - WebQuest - Welcome to the intergalactic Web Quest! You will shortly begin an exciting exploration of the Planets in our Solar System. Get comfortable and prepare to journey to the outmost reaches of the solar system. You are a member of an international scientific team in charge of the first planetary colony in our solar system. Your team must analyze the different planets and decide on which planet to colonize.
Planets - Nice first page on planets suitable for early elementary
Reaching for the Planet's Homepage - ThinkQuest Entry -
Reaching for the Planets - ThinkQuest Entry - An enjoyable journey through the planets. The information given will help any young person who is researching a planet or the sun. In addition the graphics are very nice.
Science for the Millennium - This virtual exposition from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has a number of very extensive exhibits for astronomy students and teachers. Movies and sound enhance the site.
Sea and Sky: The Sky -
Searching for Just the Right Planet - WebQuest - In this WebQuest, students create a multimedia report recommending a planet for an orbiting space hotel. The assignment links to resources to support research and includes an evaluation rubric.
SETI@home - Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - I'll resist any cracks about ET phoning anywhere. The SETI program at Berkeley wants you to help search for extraterrestrial communications, by sifting through their data using your computer on idle time. Works as a screen saver.
Sky-Online - This astronomy site is headquarters for the Hale-Bopp comet.
Solar Observation Home Page! - ThinkQuest Entry - All about the Sun. Students can learn about the Sun how to observe it and also join a solar observation team. Includes lesson plans for teachers and a quiz to test users knowledge.
Solar System Exploration - Solar System Exploration is one of four space science themes for the Office of Space Science at NASA.
Solar System Simulator - Here we go to NASA! And doesn't this site sound like fun? It is. Choose your viewpoint, target, then run the simulator. You can be a lot of places in this simulator. Kids will love this site, and you may just inspire a passion for astronomy!
Space and Astronomy - Each category is to help you research a topic for school. These came from Coal Tyee Elementary School
Space Explorer Unit - WebQuest - A WWW Research Investigation developed by Carolyn Hinshaw. The Research Investigation is based on the Research Cycle from the work of Dr. Jamie McKenzie and the Bellingham School District.
Space Hotlist -
Space Rangers - WebQuest - Is the moon a planet? Why is the moon different shapes? Can we live on the moon? What is the moon made of? Has anyone been to the moon? You are one of the new members of the Space Rookies. Your group has just received your Space Ranger Handbook. The handbook includes all of the requirements for becoming a Space Ranger. To become a Space Ranger, you and the other Space Rookies must learn about the earth and moon. Earning Space Rookies' merit badges will help you on your way to becoming a Space Ranger. You and three other Space Rookies have decided to learn all about the Earth and moon. The information you gather will be presented at Space Ranger Meeting.
Space, The Final Frontier... - ThinkQuest Entry - Information about the universe, the big bang, stars, galaxies, our solar system, etc. A quiz so you can test your knowledge about the space. Every answer is somewhere in the page.
Space - The Final Frontier - WebQuest - Join us for the voyages of the Starship "Cannon"prize! Buckle up! Sit back and relax and tell your family and friends good-bye for awhile. We will return and share our discoveries with others! Solar System WebQuest for Elementary Students
Space-Educational Programs & Activities -
Space Theme - Gander Academy's Theme Pages - a great wealth of resources from all over the Web
Space WebQuest - WebQuest - Nashville Public Schools WebQuests developed with Kathy Schrock
Spacetime Wrinkles - Questions addressed in this exhibit are: Who was Einstein? What is gravity? What are black holes and gravitational waves? Where might black holes lurk? How can we "see" them? What does it take to study black holes? What happens if you disturb a black hole? What happens when two black holes collide? Will Einstein's theory of gravitation continue to prevail in decades to come?
StarChild: A NASA Learning Center for Young Astronomers - A learning center for young astronomers. Designed for children, this site has two difficulty levels of content on the Solar System, the Universe, and Space Stuff. Within each area, there is a set of student activities that children can perform online. You can see pictures of the planets, read about the Sun and the Moon, and even watch galaxies collide. NASA created astronomy site for kids - solar system, universe, and "space stuff" (astronauts, space travel, & the Hubble Space Telescope, etc.). Glossary of astronomy-related terms. Highly graphical for 4-14 year age.
StarDate Online - Solar System Guide - With a teacher guide available, StarDate Online supplies visuals and text on planet formation, origins, discovery of planets, solar winds, novae and supernovae, and more! Each planet has its own text site with graphics.
StarDate Online Teacher Guide -Sample lessons and activities to teach astronomy for grade 3 and up. The StarDate Online Teacher Guide can help you effectively integrate StarDate programs into your daily classes. Sample lessons and activities give you ideas for teaching astronomy to students from grades K-12. The guide also suggests resources that can help you emphasize multicultural concepts and create cross-curricular ties. Help students broaden their awareness of astronomy as they develop and apply new skills in other subject areas.
Sun Eclipse Website -
Sunspots -
Theme - Mars,1997 -
Ulysses Mission to the Sun -
Voyage to the Unknown - ThinkQuest Entry - Entry contains information on the earth and solar system. It includes a trivia game and numerous photos of the planets.
Web Quest Comets - WebQuest - We live in a region of space known to us as the Solar System.  The Solar System consists of planets and their moons, stars (the sun), and other objects such as asteroids, meteors, and comets.  These Web Quests will explore comets by using web resources. 
What Is an Inferior Planet? - WebQuest - Today you visit a web site to find out what an inferior planet is. There are two of them. What are their names and why are they called "inferior?" Find an interesting fact about each of the INFERIOR PLANETS that you never knew before. Turn it into a question that one of your friends could research.
Whispers for the Cosmos - Learn more about how radio astronomers use computers to analyze huge amounts of data in an attempt to answer questions such as: Is space really empty? What lies between the stars? Can molecules, including those we're made out of, form in space? How are stars born? What determines the shapes of galaxies?
Windows to the Universe - This stunning NASA-funded site explores Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and the human experience. The site includes a rich array of images, movies, animations, and data sets. Teacher Resources include classroom activities and educational links.
World Builders - This site supports a course about designing planets from a solar system through plants and animals. It includes lessons, many links to web pages, teacher resources, science notes, and planets created by teams of teachers who participated in the course. It is being tried out in a high school and bits of it have been used in the elementary grades. The website is in a state of ongoing construction, but over a hundred and fifty professor-authored pages are already in place.

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