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Astronomy Near and Far

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Windows to the Universe

Windows to the Universe, from the University of Michigan, just seems to grow more and more incredible each month. Astronomy is a hook to interdisciplinary resources in the humanities. The summer edition of Science Scope, NSTA publication, is devoted to astronomy and the arts.

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Solar Center at Stanford

The Solar Center explains sunrise-sunset, folklore and art about the sun around the world, magnetic fields and simulations of the sun's interior where no instruments can go. Its section about folklore tells sun stories all over the world. Activities, a scavenger hunt and Q&A space for expert scientists to respond to student queries can also be found at this excellent site.

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The American Meteor Society

The American Meteor Society has an excellent site about meteors and includes a calendar of upcoming meteor showers--capture your students' dreams via just the naked eye.

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Your Weight on Other Worlds

Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or The Moon? The Exploratorium has provided a chance to find out. Fill in your weight and see what you'd weigh on different planets and moons, and even on a white dwarf star (heat shield not included).

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Astronomy With A Stick

What about astronomy during daylight hours when most students, of course, are in school? See Astronomy With A Stick.

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Shallowsky

For a special view of Jupiter and its moons look at Shallowsky.

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Earthsky Earthcare

EarthSky Earthcare's topics and resources are divided between today and tonight. Its main dissemination source is the radio.

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Archaeoastronomy

Since speculation about Stonehenge, a new interdisciplinary exploration has emerged, archaeoastronomy. It is the blending of understanding ancient civilizations and the constellations.

Fascinating...

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Once in a Blue Moon

To help students understand rare events go to Once in a Blue Moon.

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Starry Night

The Starry Night software shows what the local sky will look like at 8pm on a given evening as well as patterns of movement of the constellations.

These sites offer another glimpse of how the Internet is expanding our view of the world, allowing professional scientists in the midst of their active research to share information and insights heretofore unavailable to students. It also shows how Astronomy can be a hook to get students interested in academic subjects like math, chemistry, and even history. Skynet Junior Scholars offers resources in astronomy to blind students.

AtPlanet Four students identify and measure craters on the Martian surface, becoming citizen scientists beyond canned labs with known outcomes.

Total Solar Eclipse

On March 20, 2015, Witek Kaszkin was able to capture a total solar eclipse in Norway. Check out this beautiful time lapse footage from Mount Fugleberget (1863 feet above the ocean), close to the Polish Polar Station in Hornsund Fjord. At first, nothing is happening. And the you notice it's getting dark...

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