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Published in 2017
A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth once every year or two. What is an eclipse? Learn more about how solar eclipses happen, the four types of eclipses, and how to view the sun safely if you're within the path of totality.
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Students and adults have a lot of trouble envisioning the history of the universe, from the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago, through the development of various structures in the cosmos and the evolution of life on Earth, to the present moment. In this activity, students will equate the full span of...
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NASA is embarking on a journey to Mars! Are your students ready to join in the adventure? Spark excitement in your classroom with the Mars Survival Kit. Click on different links for student activities by grade. 
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"It is possible to measure the Earth's radius -- armed with only a stopwatch, a meter stick and a sunset or sunrise! Keep in mind; this is a demo, not a Fermi-like laboratory investigation. That said, this will yield surprisingly """"accurate"""" results given the kids don't mess up on the two...
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"Students explore the dynamics of lunar phases to develop an understanding of the relative positions of our Moon, Earth, and Sun that cause the phases of the Moon as viewed from Earth. Using a golf ball glowing under the ultraviolet light of a """"blacklight"""" makes it easier to see the phases of...
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Students use paper plates with various phases to create a three dimensional model of the lunar phases relative to the Earth and Sun, as both an assessment of their understanding and to continue to build a conceptual model through kinesthetic activities.
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The students create kinesthetic models of the Sun and Moon in the sky to better understand the relationshop between lunar phases and the time of day.
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Published in 2014
These drafts were written to help delve more deeply into the explanations and descriptions for why we have lunar phases; while the style is similar to other probes, these have not been through the extensive testing done by NSTA's assessment probes.
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The Evening Sky Map is a 2-page monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers including newcomers to astronomy. Designed to print clearly on all printers, The Evening Sky Map is ready-to-use and will help you to: identify planets, stars, and major constellations; find sparkling star...
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Students gain a better perspective on the relationship between the size and distance of the Moon by creating a scale model. Students will predict and measure the size of the Moon relative to the Earth's diameter, and predict and measure the distance of the Moon relative to a scale model of the Earth...
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Interested in starting a CubeSat program at your school and launching a small satellite? NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers, and faculty of all ages the opportunity to get hands-on, flight hardware development experience while designing, building, and operating small research...
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This manipulative by the National Weather Service has diagrams thatconnect the lunar phases to the tides.
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View resources from the Spitzer Telescope
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The Earth is in constant motion. Each day the earth makes one complete rotation. Each year, the earth makes one orbit of the sun. The first motion is obvious. The second one, however, is muh harder to notice except over a much longer period and can be made visible only by some time and some...
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We observe the different angles between the sun, earth, and moon by the phases of the moon we see each month. Students, acting as the earth, will see differences in light and dark sides of their hand-held moon.
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Fireballs in the Sky is the award-winning outreach and citizen science program that connects the public with the research of the Desert Fireball Network, based at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Together with NASA, the research project is expanding to become a Global Fireball Observatory that...
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Take a trip around the sun with this interactive site, HelioViewer.
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Published in 2018
The New York Times and NASA bring an augmented reality version of the the May 2018 Insight mission launch, planned to land on Mars' surface in November 2018. Learn about the mission while interacting with a 3-D version of the Red Planet. This is a web view, but full AR (augmented reality)...
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The National Science Foundation provides answers to The Big Questions about astronomy, detailing our place in the cosmos and where it all came from. Interactive view through the telescope also available.
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In this 30-minute activity, children ages 7 and up, and their families go outside on a clear evening and view the sky to see the Moon for themselves. Using sky charts and other resources, and possibly in partnership with a local astronomical society, children navigate the Moon's impact craters, flat...
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