Global Hands-On Universe: Software SalsaJ is free, student-friendly software developed specifically for the EU-HOU project. SalsaJ is designed to be easy to install and use. It allows students to display, analyse, and explore real astronomical images and other data in the same way that professional astronomers do, making the same kind of discoveries that lead to true excitement about science. A number of exercises have developed complete with data to download and detailed instructions for use. The flexibility of the SalsaJ tool enables students and teachers to extend the exercises with their own observations. Five Visualizations to Grasp the Scale of the Universe by Maria Popova What coffee beans, dinosaurs and lakeside picnics have to do with Isaac Asimov and formalized figments. Since yesterday was 10.10.10, we’ve decided to celebrate this cosmic alignment of numerical symmetry by illuminating the measurements of magnitude. Today, we are taking five different looks at one of the most difficult concepts for the human brain to quantify and understand: The size and scale of the universe. What better way to celebrate 10.10.10 than with Charles and Ray Eames’ iconic Powers of Ten film, an adventure in magnitudes circa 1977?
Sun for All Project download poster The project “Sun for all”, funded by Ciência Viva (2005 117/ 18) aims to promote science in general and astronomy in particular, among students. The project rests on the asset of over 30000 Sun images (spectroheliograms) that are kept in the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Coimbra, as a result of a work of over 80 years of daily solar observations that started in 1926. Presently there are about 15000 digitised images that are available to the general public due to another project, also funded by “Ciência Viva”, which was developed from 2002 to 2004.
makes the Sun available to everyone A mega-filament erupts on the Sun as seen on JHelioviwer ESA makes the Sun available to everyone 14 December 2010 New software developed by ESA makes available online to everyone, everywhere at anytime, the entire library of images from the SOHO solar and heliospheric observatory. Just download the viewer and begin exploring the Sun. A solar prominence in JHelioviewer Free Printable Solar System Coloring Pages For Kids Our solar system, comprising of the sun, its planetary system of eight planets and various non-stellar objects, makes an excellent subject for children’s coloring sheets. In addition to letting your kids play with colors to try and fill the planet pictures with the proper shades, these activity sheets also teaches them a lot about our solar system and the different planets in it. You can find various types of online coloring sheets with some of them featuring pictures of the entire solar system while others may feature detailed diagrams of the different planets individually. The coloring pages based on the entire solar system can teach children about the location of different planets and their relative distance from the sun.
No. 41 - 2011: You Can Participate in Astronomy Research Projects You Can Participate in Astronomy Research Projects Finding Exoplanets: The graph in this illustration shows how the light we see from a star decreases slightly when one of its planets crosses the star’s disk. Planet hunters sometimes use this transit technique to find exoplanets. Teach the Earth Finding Visuals, Classroom Activities, Course Descriptions and People Undergraduate Introductory Geoscience Courses, Upper Level Geoscience Courses, Two-Year Colleges, and K-12 Classrooms Strengthening Your Teaching Research on Teaching and Learning | Designing Courses | Assessment | Teaching Large Classes | Quantitative Thinking | Teaching in the Field | Teaching with Current Research and Data Popular Topics
Antimatter I teach an introductory course in big bang cosmology at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland and this weblog will be mainly concerned with the universe and its puzzles (see Categories)…with occasional pieces on science and society, climate science, surfing, skiing and whatnot Cormac O’Rafferty ANTIMATTER: an exotic form of matter in which the electric charge of each particle is the opposite of that in normal matter. Question is, why is our universe made up almost entirely of matter? WMAP- Expansion of the Universe The expansion or contraction of the universe depends on its content and past history. With enough matter, the expansion will slow or even become a contraction. On the other hand, dark energy drives the universe towards increasing rates of expansion.
125 Great Science Videos: From Astronomy to Physics & Psychology Astronomy & Space Travel A Brief, Wondrous Tour of Earth (From Outer Space) – Video – Recorded from August to October, 2011 at the International Space Station, this HD footage offers a brilliant tour of our planet and stunning views of the aurora borealis.A Universe from Nothing – Video – In 53 minutes, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss answers some big enchilada questions, including how the universe came from nothing.A Year of the Moon in 2.5 Minutes – Video – The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been orbiting the moon for over a year. The footage gets compressed into 2 slick minutes.A Day on Earth (as Seen From Space) – Video – Astronaut Don Pettit trained his camera on planet Earth, took a photo once every 15 seconds, and then created a brilliant time-lapse film.Atlantis’s Final Landing at Kennedy Space Center – Video – After more than 30 years, the space shuttle era comes to a close. Video runs 30 minutes.
Sky Map for Android What is Sky Map? Google Sky Map turns your Android-powered mobile phone into a window on the night sky. It will identify objects that appear in the sky and allow users to search for them.