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Universe of Learning Science Briefing: August 2016
Created by Brandon Lawton Last updated 8/23/2016
The resources in this list pertain to the presentation given on August 25, 2016, titled, "Our home, the Milky Way Galaxy".
NASA's Universe of Learning is a program which will integrate NASA's Astrophysics Science Mission Directorate programs, and will advance STEM learning and literacy by creating and delivering a unified suite of education products, programs, and professional development that spans the full spectrum of NASA Astrophysics.
NASA's Universe of Learning is partnering with the Museum Alliance to provide professional development briefings for the informal science education community. These briefings provide current NASA Astrophysics themes, content, and resources to the informal community. These curated lists present the resources described during the briefings. To find the briefings, you can go here:
- Universe Discovery Guides - September - The Universe Discovery Guides showcase education and public outreach resources from across more than 20 NASA astrophysics missions and programs. The September guide is titled, "Milky Way Galaxy: City of Stars" and features content and hands-on activities directly related to NASA's exploration of our home Galaxy.
- Welcome to the new Multiwavelength Milky Way web pages! These pages bring together several data sets to visualize images of our Milky Way galaxy in various wavelength regions. The site's intent is to present and explain how data across the electromagnetic spectrum are used by astronomers to learn about the Milky Way's shape, size, and composition.
- Exoplanet Exploration: Planets Beyond our Solar System. Current news, discoveries, data, and interactive 3-D visualizations of exoplanets from NASA.
- Recent discoveries and updates of the Chandra mission in video and audio formats. In this series, supernova and supernova remnants are discussed.
- Here is a field guide of objects in the Milky Way Galaxy and the interesting X-ray observations used to understand them.
- This slide set focuses on the Fermi Mission's discovery of bubbles emanating from the core of the Milky Way galaxy. It is one of a series of short, topical presentations on new developments from NASA astrophysics missions, relevant to introductory astronomy topics. These resources are intended to help instructors include the latest discoveries (not yet in their textbooks) into their courses.
- Original Press-Release: NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope unveiled a previously unseen structure centered on the Milky Way. The feature spans 50,000 light-years.
- Three astrophysicists who discovered two enormous and unexpected structures radiating from the center of our galaxy. These "Fermi bubbles" could reveal the history of the Milky Way galaxy.
- Among other discoveries, a team of astronomers found that the core of our Milky Way galaxy drives a wind at 2 million miles per hour. This story includes additional Hubble data.
- This online module features an interactive model of the the Milky Way galaxy. Students click on parts of the model to read and learn about the different components of galaxies. Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to locate parts of and build the Milky Way, and identify Earth's location within it.
News Article - NASA's Great Observatories Celebrate International Year of Astronomy (11/10/2009) - IntroductionA never-before-seen view of the turbulent heart of our Milky Way galaxy is being unveiled by NASA on Nov. 10, 2009. This event will commemorate the 400 years since Galileo first turned his telescope to the heavens in 1609. In celebration of this International Year of Astronomy, NASA is releasing images of the galactic center region as seen by its Great Observatories to more than 150 planetariums, museums, nature centers, libraries, and schools across the country.
- In this lesson, students read the original paper written by Henrietta Leavitt in which she compared the apparent brightness and period of Cepheid variable stars. The students prepare graphs from numerical data, just as she did, and compare their data to hers. They then discover that there is a relationship between the period and luminosity of the variable stars she observed, and experience for themselves how scientists really collect data.