Astronomical information and resources that cover a wide range of topics related to astronomy including stars, galaxies, and astrobiology. It also includes some amazing astrophotography.
The Smithsonian’s Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts hosts the Chandra X-ray Center which operates the satellite, processes the data, and distributes it to scientists around the world for analysis. Click on the “Education” tab to access some great educational resources including classroom activities, printable materials, interactive games, and more.
Find a series of “Teachers TV” programs which were created by the Institute of Physics in order to support teaching Astronomy and Space to 11-16 year olds. Within the programs there are sections to use with students where Astronomers discuss their work in an inspiring and engaging way. They also provide guidance and advice on setting up and managing practical activities with students. The lesson plans are supported by full teaching notes. The videos can also be downloaded.
Incredible site maintained by a team led by Dr. Chris Impey from the University of Arizona. This site includes images, video lessons, background information on Astronomy, and 365 days of Astronomy podcasts.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration provides an impressive slew of resources for educators, students, and the public that is both accessible to all ages as well as richly informative. The For Educators section includes galleries, videos, podcasts, and more. The For Students section also offers research tools, podcasts, Facebook pages, videos, and interactive activities.
Space contains a massive repository of knowledge including space flight mission information and space-related technologies. Check out videos of solar eruptions or view photographic galleries of Saturn’s rings. A weekly video series entitled, “This Week in Space,” provides information on recent events in Space exploration and study. Other provided links include:
- Hubble site photo gallery
- Virtual Tour of International Space Station:
- U.S. Army Astronauts on Facebook
- Astronauts on Twitter
Cosmos4Kids is a resourceful, informational website for students of elementary and middle school ages to explore topics in astronomy such as the universe, galaxies, stars, systems, solar system details, exploration and more. Check out the sections at the bottom of the homepage for activities and quizzes, as well as real-world examples of astronomical science in action.
The Space Science Institute (SSI) is a nonprofit organization formed in 1992 dedicated to the betterment of research and education collaboration. This “Resources for Educators” page lists good resources and games for astronomy and space science for middle and high school students. In particular, check out current SSI research projects on the right side of the page.
This NASA sponsored student website is a great resource for students in middle school and high school interested in space science and astronomy. The “Parents and Educators” section provides an extensive list of resources including other websites, activities and lesson plans for the classroom, newsletters, games, image galleries, question and answer forums, and much more.