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This resource is an annotated guide to where free lab manuals and exercises for introductory astronomy courses are... see more

Although few weather phenomena have the ability to affect weather on a global scale, the jet streams are one such... see more

The purpose of this website is to make a collection of web acessable original documents, reviews, and online links to... see more

This image gallery showcases more than 100 meteorwrongs (objects misidentified as meteorites). There are explanations of... see more

This website is part of National Geographics Xpeditions Hall and includes lesson plans and activities related to the... see more

This case study uses the example of Pluto: how do we determine what a planet is? The lesson compares orbital parameters... see more

Created by Paul Falstad, this page compares the distance/magnitude/size of various objects or constants. This includes... see more

Scientists have been looking for extra-solar planets for decades, but only recently, with better equipment and improved... see more

This website, created by Lindsay Marie Bartolone at Princeton University, gives astronomy teachers labs and activities... see more

This 5-minute animation portrays fluctuations in the cryosphere through observations collected from a variety of... see more

This virtual tour utilizes the geographic interactive software Google Earth to explain the scientific, engineering, and... see more

This web page, authored and curated by David P. Stern, provides a non-mathematical introduction to modern magnetometers... see more

The Abrams Planetarium, located at Michigan State University, has this homepage that describes various aspects of the... see more

This site discusses the different types of active galaxies: Double-Lobed radio galaxies, Seyfert Galaxies, BL Lac... see more

The Active Galaxies pop-up book is a very large rectangular pop-up book with foldouts that was developed for use in... see more

The book, Sorbjan, Z (1996):Hands-on Meteorology, published by the American Meteorological Society, is an excellent... see more

Through its extensive interactive website, educational programming, shows, exhibits, planetarium, online science,... see more

This exhibit from Exploratorium Exhibit Services simulates the formation of desert landscapes. The site provides a link... see more

This activity/demo introduces learners to aerogel, a glass nanofoam. Learners discover how aerogel is made and how well... see more

This site from National Aeronautics and Space Administration provides information about aerogel, a material used by the... see more

This demonstration (on pages 9-11) uses gelatin and lead pellets to model how aerogel, a technology used by NASA... see more

This site explains why three percent is a fundamental limit of X-ray detectors that use the conventional method of... see more

This image, from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, illustrates the approximate relative sizes of the Sun and planets... see more