SPACE SCIENCE RESOURCES


December Star Chart

Winter Stargazing Highlights

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL

"Earth to Space: Explorations: An Educator's Guide" by Jeff Rodgers (pdf file)

"A Short History of Nearly Everything" (Powerpoint file, not annotated)

Shadow & Substance - helpful astronomy animations

 Scales of the Universe from Primax Studios. Wow

What is a light year? From HowStuffWorks


PHYSICS & COSMOLOGY

The Universe Adventure - from UC Berkeley

The History and Fate of the Universe Poster Front Back

 "A Short History of the Universe (or How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch)" (pdf file, not annotated)

"Stars, Galaxies and the Structure of the Universe" (pdf file, not annotated)

Just Six Numbers, By Martin Rees (external link)

 

The Double Slit Experiement Video

The Double Slit Experiment Interactive

 

Color & Light (video introduction)

"How Stuff Works - How Light Works" (thorough introduction to the properties of light and color)

 

SOLAR SYSTEM & ASTRONOMY

Stellarium - free, customizable "planetarium" for your home computer

Distance Scale Model of Our Solar System (pdf file)

Size Scale Model of the Solar System An excellent resource from the Exploratorium

Our Solar System circa 2009 (jpeg picture file)

Phases of Earth's Moon (gif picture file)

Understanding Moon Phases

"Solar System Formation & Extrasolar Systems" (pdf file, not annotated)

Extrasolar Planet Catalogue

PlanetQuest (JPL 3-D New Worlds Atlas)

 

 

Drake Equation

NOVA - Online Drake Equation

Drake Equation w/ follow up questions (from the University of Montana)


Stars & Galaxies (R or N*)

"Stars, Galaxies and the Structure of the Universe" (Jeff's PowerPoint. PDF file, not annotated)

Imagine the Universe: The Life Cycle of Stars (link to NASA Teacher's Guide to Stellar Evolution w/ classroom activities, PDF)

 Interactive H-R Diagram 

Jeff's H-R Diagram Graphics/Tutorial (PDF file)


Solar Systems (Fp)

Distance Scale Model of Our Solar System (pdf file)

Size Scale Model of the Solar System An excellent resource from the Exploratorium

Our Solar System circa 2009 (jpeg picture file)

"Solar System Formation & Extrasolar Systems" (Jeff's Powerpoint, pdf file, not annotated)


Habitability (Ne)

"Earth as a Habitable Planet" (Jeff's Powerpoint, pdf file, not annotated)

 Is This Place Habitable? (Consider the potential for habitability on Titan, Triton, Mars, Europa and Io)

 "Life's Little Essential" by Peter Tyson. Everybody knows that liquid water is necessary for life, at least as we know it. But just why exactly? 

Early Earth & Plate Tectonics (National Geographic, via YouTube)


The Origins of Life (Fl)

"The Beginnings of Life on Earth" by Christian de Duve

"The Origin of Life" by Albrecht Moritz from TalkOrigins website. 

Exploring Life's Origins and online exhibit from the Museum of Science, Boston

Evolution of Complex Life (Fi)

 For a broader range of evolution resources, see the IST 3 - Understanding Evolution Resources page

"The Cambrian Explosion: Tooth and Claw" by Roberta Friedman. Scientists ponder the causes of the Cambrian Explosion.

 "Aliens Depend on Time to Grow Brains", by Leslie Mullen (PDF)

"The Evolution of Intelligence: An Integral Part of SETI and Astrobiology" by Lori Marino

Lecture Notes on the Evolution of Intelligence from the University of Oregon


Longevity (L)

"Are We the Galaxy's Youngest Residents?" by Seth Shostak, SETI Institute