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Students are introduced to the scientific tool of spectroscopy. They each build a simple spectroscope to examine the light from different light sources, particularly the Sun (Warning: Do not look directly at the Sun) and artificial lights (e.g.,... (View More)

This resource gives an impression of how immense our Universe is by employing a method used many times in "Power of 10" films - that is, starting with an image of the Earth and then zooming out towards the furthest visible reaches of our Universe.... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

This lithograph contains a photograph of the airborne observatory in flight and provides reference information regarding SOFIA's Mission, the telescope, and observatory operations.

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, students are reminded that the Universe is made up of elements and that the heavier elements are created inside of a star, as they learned in the "Elements and You" activity. They are introduced to the life cycle of a star and to... (View More)

This section of Amazing Space features a library of selected Hubble images that can be printed in a tactile format. The new section features "Images of the Month" - a collection of the latest Hubble images that can be printed on a thermal paper... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

This fact card presents an overview of cosmic microwaves, light waves left over from the Big Bang after they have been stretched out by the expansion of the universe. The energy from microwave ovens are used as a reference point from everyday life.... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Students are introduced to the basic properties, behavior and detection of black holes through a brief discussion of common conceptions and misconceptions of these exciting objects. They "act out" a way black holes might be detected through their... (View More)

This Hubble Space Telescope image captures the chaotic activity on a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust reminiscent of a craggy fantasy mountaintop surrounded by wispy clouds. New stars buried inside the pillar cannot be seen in this image... (View More)

This online Flash game is hosted on the James Webb Space Telescope Web site. Because the Webb Telescope is unusual in appearance, it doesn't look like a telescope - but it actually does have a lot in common with simple tube-shaped telescopes. "Scope... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

Students are introduced to the periodic table and the concept of atomic elements. The group discusses how all material in the Universe is composed of elements and that the atom is the smallest particle that still has the physical and chemical... (View More)