Resources/Links

 

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All About Astronomy
All kinds of topics. Current list includes: What Is Astronomy?, Origin of the Universe, Will Man Ever Explore Other Worlds?, 10 Fun Astronomy Facts, Did Man Really Land On The Moon?, and Does the Moon Rotate?

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific increases the understanding and appreciation of astronomy by engaging scientists, educators, enthusiasts and the public to advance science and science literacy. A free teachers' newsletter, The Universe in the Classroom, is posted on their site.

Astronomy Cafe
Ask the Astronomer. Plus information on topics such as: Space Math @ NASA, Space Weather, Sun-Earth Day 2011, Transit of Venus Diaries, Cosmological Research, Magnetism, Radiation Belts, The Mystery of Gravity, A Career in Astronomy, and The Big Bang: A to Z.

Astronomy Powerpoints
Free presentations in PowerPoint format.

Astronomy Resources
Huge list of astronomy-related links including Astronomy, AstroPhysics, BioAstronomy, Radio Astronomy, RoboScopes, and Related Sources.

Astronomy Top 100
An interesting look at The 100 Greatest Images and Imaginations in Astronomy and Space Exploration.

California Space/Science Visitor/Education Facilities and Programs
This is a searchable database of space- and science-related facilities across California such as science centers, museums, camps, observatories, etc.

EarthSky: Space
A blog of current events in the space arena.

Enchanted Learning: Astronomy
Enchanted Learning, LLC produces K-12 educational material that is published online. Some of the materials are available for free online, and for a small yearly subscription, users have access to all of the materials.

Geller's ASTRonomy 111
Materials available (PDFs and PPTs) from Dr. Geller's astronomy courses at George Mason University.

Heavens Above
Fascinating web-based tool for predicting when satellites and astronomical objects may be viewed from your location, including the ISS, Iridium flares, comets, sun, moon, stars, planets, ham radio satellites, etc.

HomeSchoolAstronomy.com
Home School Astronomy teaches astronomy from an “as is” perspective, meaning from the perspective of what we see happening right now. There are no references to age, origins or evolution. The creator of Home School Astronomy is a Christian and believes that God created the universe. Thirteen Powerpoint-based lessons.

iPad Software for Astronomy
This is a list of software for iPad related to Astronomy. These can help you in locating and observing astronomical objects as well as help you learn more about them. Mr. Foster's favorite is Star Walk - very fun! There are similar apps for android smartphones, such as Google Sky Map; here's an android astronomy apps list (note there are several pages...).

Is God Expanding, Too?
A course Mr. Foster developed (with his Dad) to ponder the relationship between our understanding of the universe and our understanding of God. We will reference some of the material during this Astronomy course. (PDF, 770kb).

Khan Academy
Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 229 practice exercises, Khan Academy is on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

Kids' Cosmos
Kid's Cosmos is bringing astronomy to the classroom... Our programs are designed as a multi-curriculum, hands-on approach to learning for both students and teachers. By integrating math, reading, creative writing and science, Kid's Cosmos is helping educators prepare today's youth for tomorrow's challenges.

NASA Current Missions
List with links to NASA's current/active missions. This includes missions in planning, design, construction, active, and post-mission data analysis.

NASA Education
For Educators. For Students. All manner of materials, lesson plans, data, photos, etc.

NASA's Kids' Club
Elmo visits NASA. Buzz Lightyear returns from space. For the younger ones...

NASA NSSDC Photo Gallery
What the name suggests: all manner of photos by NASA.

NASA's Space Place
PLAY (games, puzzles, quizzes), DO (activities, books, coloring), EXPLORE (fun facts, videos, pictures).

Nine Planets
This website is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system. Each page has our text and NASA's images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

SpaceClass.org
Each lesson is a multi-media program using an instructional video featuring a diverse crew of young hosts, NASA astronauts, and experts like Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson to liven up our topics. The first space education program featuring virtual science experiments that simulate research actually being conducted in space, SpaceClass teaches students about science and technology for future missions. It makes learning fun!

SpaceDaily.com
Your portal to space. Current news in the world of space, across a multitude of sub-categories: Space TV, Space War, Terra Daily, Energy Daily, Mars Daily, Solar Daily, Space Mart, GPS Daily, Space Travel. Free daily emailed newsletter is available.

SpaceFlightNow.com
Tracks the international launch schedule, current mission status reports, video, space store, etc.

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
STScI is home of science program selection, grant administration, planning, scheduling, and public outreach activities for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). STScI provides data archive and distribution for all of NASA's optical/UV missions, including HST. STScI is also the science and operations center for the 6.5m James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).