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Astronomy Internet/Media Guide All of the content on the sites listed below are educational and are free - however some of the websites (space.com for example) have advertisements that help offset their costs. The website URL's are listed accurately and are working properly as of September, 2022 .
Recommended Websites for Astronomy Beginners & Educators.
Explore the latest gallery of images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with this zoomable format courtesy of NASA. Very exciting pictures from the most advanced space telescope ever built. https://webbtelescope.org/ the detail of Webb’s high-resolution images with this zoomable forma
Zane R. found this site called Blast Off! Space And Solar System Resources And Word Games For Kids. (From the website) "If you have little ones, how to help them learn a new language? The answer might just be through some fun games." Appreciate the resource Zane! https://word.tips/space-solar-system-games/
Amelia and Dad from PA found this excellent site for students that explains everything about eclipses. solarpower.guide/students-guide-to-eclipses The site includes fun facts, games and dates on upcoming eclipses as well as a wealth of information on solar power ("Bob's Page"). Thanks for the addition Amelia :)
Avery from Exeter Elementary & the STEM X program found this very helpful online resource https://www.heartlandamerica.com/telescope-observation/ This site includes tips for beginning astronomers; how to choose a telescope; how telescopes work and many other useful resources for students and educators alike. Thanks Avery!
https://www.halloweencostumes.com/constellations-mythology.html From our future astronomer Alyssa who found this website on the mythology behind the constellations. Gives a brief history on constellations with links to more detailed info on the common constellations like Andromeda, Perseus, Ursa Major & Minor and many more. Also includes great ideas for Halloween themes & costumes for all ages. Perfect for October. Much appreciated Alyssa and always keep looking up!
https://lovethenightsky.com/ Lots of "how-to" guides on many astronomy topics; best telescopes & other equipment reviews, informational posts and mini-courses for the backyard astronomer and more. Awesome resource thanks to Adam of Nottingham, UK (home of Robin Hood :)
https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/home-science-backyard-astronomy/ Recommended by Ava Campbell working on her astronomy badge in the girl scouts. This beginners page gives easy-to-understand information on the "basics" as in the constellations, famous astronomers, the solar system, space exploration, links to online games/activities and more. Thanks for the website suggestion Ava!
Another great resource - courtesy of beginner astronomer Ben Powell! www.e-aircraftsupply.com/aircraft_products/file/space-education-for-kids.aspx "Space Education For Kids." Lots of easy-to-understand information & links to the planets, the Moon, stars & the solar system. Also links to online webquests & games. Web page is designed for elementary students but the activities can appeal to all age groups. Thanks Ben!
http://astronomycenter.org/ Website for educational resources in beginning astronomy. Resources for college level introductory astronomy; faculty and high school students as well as a browser for keyword searches.
http://janus.astro.umd.edu/ Astronomy workshop provides you with what’s new, hot topics and provides classroom instruction for students and teachers.
http://www.nineplanets.org/ Features info on the 8 major planets and provides you with a multimedia tour of the solar system. It also has keyword contents and a Google search.
http://www.compadre.org/student/ “The Nucleus.” Website designed for physics and astronomy undergrads that has all sorts of research and resource tools for learning; interesting links and discussion forums for chatting with fellow students.
http://www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky/#Skymap This site is also called the “interactive planetarium of the web.” Provides a sky map that shows the view of the entire sky; horizon views and virtual telescope views.
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