Comets & Black Holes & Space Dust, Oh My!

March 6th, 2007 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Recommended Website:

Amazing Space

Note: Younger students and non-readers will need parental assistance.

Today’s website is courtesy of the Formal Education Group of the Space
Telescope Science Institute that promotes “science and the majestic beauty
of the universe for use in the classroom.” Never fear, this is a great site
for those who learn outside the classroom as well. :)

When you get to the homepage, you will see an icon menu and a regular menu
to the left of it. Use either one to explore this site that includes:

  • Online Explorations — Interactive games and activities about an array of
    topics including: the history of telescopes from Galileo to modern
    observatories; the force of gravity; planning a Hubble servicing mission;
    comet facts, myths, & legends; black holes and more!
  • The Star Witness — An online newsletter that features the latest news
    about the Hubble telescope.
  • Capture the Cosmos — Multi-media online adventures on topics such as:
    black holes, comets & asteroids, the electromagnetic spectrum, galaxies,
    gravity, the history of science, the Hubble Space Telescope, the solar
    system, and stars.
  • Tonight’s Sky — Watch a video about what you can expect to see in the
    current night sky. An incredible aid for finding constellations, deep sky
    objects, planets, and celestial events from your own backyard.
  • Homework Help — Not just help, but suggestions for educational research
    projects about all aspects of space along with interesting facts and trivia.
  • Educators — Check out the “Teaching Tools Index” that provides an overview
    of what you’ll find at this website along with recommendations on how to
    further the learning.

You say you want more?

Then visit the parent HubbleSite.

Here are just some of the activities you’ll find:

  • Get directions for how to build a model Hubble Telescope.
  • Listen to podcasts about recent space discoveries!
  • Watch a fascinating video presentation about the increasing accuracy of
    telescopes within the past century!
  • Explore Astronomy — In this section you can take a “Way Out” Quiz and see
    how far the cow goes after he makes it over the moon; tons of fun, and if
    you play the entire game, you can register in a drawing to win a prize! You
    can also play an exciting game called “Black Holes, Gravity’s Relentless
    Pull!” Watch “Cosmic Collision,” a video presentation of what happens when
    galaxies collide.

Bookmark this site as there is so much to explore. You can find videos of
past Hubble discoveries, the latest Hubble news releases, awesome photos,
and lots more!


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