Universe of Learning Science Briefing: March 2017

Created by Brandon Lawton Last updated 3/1/2017

The resources in this list pertain to the presentation given on March 2, 2017, titled, "News from the Universe: NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star".
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:

  • NASA TRAPPIST Press-Conference

    Watch the original NASA press-conference about this discovery, here. Original air date: Feb. 22, 2017 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 1800 UTC)
  • NASA Website: Exoplanet Exploration - TRAPPIST-1

    The discovery of seven Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system have lit a new fire in the search for life. This is the resource page for all images, videos, and interactive media from the NASA news conference.
  • NASA Website: Spitzer Space Telescope: TRAPPIST-1

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are located in an area called the habitable zone, where liquid water is most likely to thrive on a rocky planet. The system sets a new record for greatest number of habitable zone planets found outside our solar system.
  • Informal Ed TRAPPIST FAQs

    We have compiled frequently asked questions you may get from visitors to your venue. The answers to these TRAPPIST/Exoplanet FAQs are geared towards general audiences.
  • Reddit AMA

    On Feb. 22, 2017, NASA announced the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. This Reddit Ask-Me-Anything directly followed the press-release, where NASA scientists answered questions directly from the public.
  • Website: TRAPPIST-1

    Official webpage for the TRAPPIST-1 system
  • NASA's Eyes: Eyes on Exoplanets

    Wanna fly to the TRAPPIST system? Get set for launch. “Eyes on Exoplanets” will fly you to any planet you wish—as long as it's far beyond our solar system. This fully rendered 3D universe is scientifically accurate, allowing you to zoom in for a close look at more than 1,000 exotic planets known to orbit distant stars.
  • Activity: TRAPPIST-1 Scale Model

    These materials may be used to create a scale model of the TRAPPIST-1 system in a small space. This model can be used as a pop-up exhibit to share the breaking news with a wide audience at museums, libraries, and other informal education spaces. The materials can also be used to support a number of hands-on activities, and can be used in conjunction with the Scale Model of Sun and Earth activity found at http://nasawavelength.org/resource/nw-000-000-003-142/.
  • Universe Discovery Guides

    Universe Discovery Guides - April - The Universe Discovery Guides showcase education and public outreach resources from across more than 20 NASA astrophysics missions and programs. The April guide is titled, "Discovering Planet Families." The April Universe Discovery Guides feature content and hands-on activities directly related to NASA's exploration of the furthest reaches of our Universe.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4A/M1bc, 4A/M2de, 4A/H2ab, 4A/H2ef, 4A/H6
  • Online Activity: DIY Planet Search

    NASA's portal for planet hunters to search for new Planets and Earths, and more. You are about to take part in one of the most exciting frontiers of science–the search for other worlds and other earths. Using a telescope that you control online, you´ll take your own images of distant solar systems, interpret and share the data you gather, and become part of a community of planet searchers! For more info, see the December 2016 Science Briefing - http://universe-of-learning.org/science_briefing#December_2016
  • Kids News: 20 Years of Exoplanets

    Star Witness News are science content reading articles that deliver the latest science discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope with audience-appropriate language, graphics, and illustrations. This is targeted to the 6-7th grade level. These are timed to be released with press-releases. Museums often use for docents as well.