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In this demonstration/experiment, learners discover that different colors and materials (metals, fabrics, paints) radiate... see more

This site offers a definition of "brown dwarf" and of how this type of star forms. It also contains many links to useful... see more

This website contains information on radio astronomy, the NRAO, how telescopes work, the history and discovery of radio... see more

This reference provides an introduction to the geoid, the equipotential surface of the Earth's gravity field which best... see more

This site provides a current look at what theorethical cosmologists know about our universe and it also examines the... see more

Explores ultraviolet light -- what it is, where it comes from, how we can detect it, and what effects it has upon us and... see more

This Web site is an on-line version of a poster and educator guide describing the cosmic origin of the chemical elements.... see more

Science is a method of investigation, no more, no less. And that method has strict rules. A specific science, like... see more

This is an activity about the shape of the Earth�s orbit. Learners will first use elements of the orbit of Earth and... see more

This site, part of Exploring Earth Investigation by McDougal Littell and TERC, examines how time zones are determined and... see more

In this activity (page 5 of the PDF), learners will create a food web and explore food sources for different organisms.... see more

In this activity, students are introduced to light and colored gels (filters). Students make and test predictions about... see more

This activity includes twelve monthly star charts to identify the stars that are visible in the night sky and that are... see more

This is a lesson about observing and examining meteorites in a Meteorite Sample Disc. Learners will practice scientific... see more

This is a lesson about locating impact craters on Earth using longitude, latitude, and maps. Learners will observe impact... see more

This is a lesson about the connection between meteorites and asteroids, focusing on remote-sensing techniques using... see more

Astrobiology in the Classroom leads students in the exploration of the limits of life on Earth to extend their beliefs... see more

This fun and simple hands-on astronomy activity lets learners create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun to demonstrate... see more

In this activity, learners use a simple 3D model to discover why the Moon has phases. This activity is a very rewarding... see more

Students will learn about the position of Earth in the solar system and why the position matters to life on Earth.... see more

A set of tutorials aimed at answering the question of why the sky is dark at night. Pull down menus take you to various... see more

This simple hands-on activity demonstrates why the sky appears blue on a sunny day and red during sunrise and sunset.... see more

This is a section of the NASA website that is dedicated to the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP). The following... see more

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) mission reveals the conditions of the early universe by measuring the... see more