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Astronomy: Teachers

Activities and Lessons


Telescopes From the Ground Up offers two activities to explore the operation and history of telescopes.

Take a look at three Daytime Astronomy Lessons from the National Science Teachers Association at Astronomy with a Stick.

No Escape: The Truth about Black Holes contains information and lesson plans. NASA brings you simulations of Black Holes.

Amazing Space has some terrific astronomy resources for educators. Check out Astronomy Basics and Teaching Tools to find interactive activities, graphic organizers, content reading passages and more.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers a variety of engaging, hands-on activities for elementary and middle school classrooms.

The American Museum of Natural History's engaging astronomy site for students has many activities that work well in the classroom.

At StemWorks, you'll find a wealth of classroom activities for all space-related topics.

Windows to the Universe


If you don't have any time to look at any other links, then Windows to the Universe is the place for you. It is the ultimate web site about space. The site offers a choice of appropriate educational levels: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. It is brought to you by the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

Useful Daily Space Data


The sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset and twilight time tables for your location from the United States Naval Observatory can be a useful classroom tool. Also included are important dates, positions of the sun and moon, and eclipse information.

The Moon and More!

Full Moon

This Phases of the Moon Calendar shows the phases of the moon for each day of current, future and past months.

Discover the Electronic Picture Books and tutorials from STScI (Space Telescope Science Institute). The Electronic Picture Books contain full color images and informative text designed with powerful navigational tools. The library is continually growing with subjects such as geography, planetary science, and astrophysics. There are views of Earth and images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Comets and Constellations


Amazing Space has a site about comets that includes lesson plans.

If you're looking for information about constellations, this Windows to the Universe site can help you.

Additional Resources


Check out this comprehensive list of resources dedicated to women in astronomy.

Science Trek offers a number of space-related sites. Click on the "Space" button in the Topic Menu above.

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