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Each day a different image or photograph of a celestial object is featured. Pictures are selected for their particular... see more

This astronomy section of the Farmer's Almanac website provides dates, times, names and meanings of various full moons;... see more

This online magazine offers news articles on topics including: the search for extrasolar planets that resemble Earth;... see more

This radio broadcast discusses the prospects for a Theory of Everything, why we need one, how we might achieve one, and... see more

This activity demonstrates what a dipole magnetic field looks like in 3D. It was developed because the commonly used... see more

Although the airless Moon experiences no weather analogous to terrestrial weather, conditions there are nothing short of... see more

Solar eclipses result from the alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth. Total solar eclipses, in which the Sun is... see more

The Sun produces 'solar wind', a continuous flow of charged particles that can affect us on Earth. It may also release... see more

People have long wondered about the existence of worlds outside of our solar system. Since 1995, significant progress has... see more

Before the 17th century, people generally believed that Earth was at the center of the universe, a system originally... see more

Galileo pioneered astronomy as the first person to study the celestial objects through a telescope. His observations,... see more

Galileo used thought experiments to test many assumptions, including the notion that heavy objects fall more quickly than... see more

In July 1991, the alignment of the Sun, Moon, and Earth produced a total solar eclipse with a particularly long duration... see more

In this activity, students are challenged to plan a mission to Mars and to design the spacecraft that will carry out... see more

This educator's guide with activities promotes problem solving, communication skills and teamwork. Topics include lunar... see more

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

The Moon, Earth's only natural satellite and one of the brightest objects in its sky, appears in the sky in many... see more

The Moon is probably not humankind's final frontier. However, more than 30 years after the completion of the last lunar... see more

This set of twelve lesson plans is intended to encourage the teaching of astronomy to K-12 students. The lessons are... see more

This activity guide illustrates how teachers can use planetary comparisons between Earth and Mars to teach basic geologic... see more

Space Mysteries are a series of inquiry-driven interactive Web explorations, which take advantage of the student's... see more

In this product, students engage in processes/activities for collaboration and communication strategies. Students compare... see more

This portal provides access to learning materials derived from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)... see more

This site contains a booklet about the life cycle of stars. The information covers the birth and ultimate fate of both... see more