NASA's Universe of Learning Science Briefing: March 2018

Created by Emma Marcucci Last updated 12/3/2018

The resources in this list pertain to the presentation given on March 1, 2018, titled, "NASA's Exoplanet Detection: the Missions and Women Involved".
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:

  • Girls STEAM Ahead With NASA — Universe of Learning

    Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA uses astronomy events, informal education activities, and resources from NASA’s Universe of Learning to help encourage girls’ success.
  • Women in Science

    This resource highlights a few of the many women who have impacted STEM fields- through important explorations, discoveries and/or contributions. It includes first-hand stories, a resource guide, and downloadable posters and postcards.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 1C/M1
  • Women@NASA

    This website includes a stunning collection of 64 videos and essays from women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many different ways. We hope to give you a glimpse of the talent we have at the agency today. Their stories illuminate the vibrant community of dedicated women employees who play a vital role at the agency.
  • Women's History Month

    The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
  • Exoplanet Exploration: Planets Beyond our Solar System

    NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program, the search for planets and life beyond our solar system. This keeps a running tally of exoplanets and highlights the latest news and features.
  • NASA's Eyes: Eyes on Exoplanets

    Welcome to NASA's Eyes, a way for you to learn about your home planet, our solar system, the universe beyond and the spacecraft exploring them. With the click of a mouse, you can visit newly discovered gas giants, Earth-sized planets and “super Earths”—rocky like ours, but gargantuan. The program is updated daily with the latest finds from NASA's Kepler mission and from ground-based observatories around the world as they hunt for planets like our own.
  • Exoplanet Travel Bureau

    Imagine what it would be like to travel to one of the exoplanets we've confirmed! This website explores what that would be like, including travel posters and 360 surface animations.
  • 5 Ways to Find a Planet

    This website provides interactive to learn about the 5 ways to find a planet. Ways to find a planet include Radial Velocity (Watching for Wobble), Transit (Searching for Shadows), Direct Imaging (Taking Pictures), and Gravitational Microlensing (Light in a Gravity Lens), and Astrometry (Minuscule Movements).
  • Spitzer Space Telescope: TRAPPIST-1

    In the year since NASA announced the seven Earth-sized planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, scientists have been working hard to better understand these enticing worlds just 40 light-years away. Thanks to data from a combination of space- and ground-based telescopes, we know more about TRAPPIST-1 than any other planetary system besides our solar system.
  • APOD: 2015 December 5 - Kepler Orrery IV

    Kepler Orrery IV: Animation of the exoplanet orbits on the same scale, with relative orbital motions. APOD: A different astronomy and space science related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.
  • TRAPPIST-1 System Scale Model

    On February 22, 2017, NASA announced the discovery of the largest batch of Earth-sized, habitable-zone planets around a single star – TRAPPIST-1A. 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
  • TESS 3D and Paper Models

    Explore the next spacecraft to search for transiting exoplanets. This website includes STL files, which will allow you to 3D print your very own TESS Spacecraft and a PDF file to build your own TESS paper model!
  • DIY Planet Search Other Earths...

    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!
  • Night Sky Network: Discover the Universe Guides

    Themed guides to search the sky. April is about Discover Planet Families and August explores Are We Alone?
  • Star Witness news story: 20 Years of Exoplanets: The Search for Worlds Beyond Our Own

    This news story describes the search for planets orbiting stars other than our sun, particularly since the discovery of a planet around a sun-like star 20 years ago. Star Witness News is a series of articles, written for students, that are inspired by Hubble Space Telescope press releases. Supplemental education materials include background information, vocabulary, and discussion questions and answers. Common Core Standards for English Language Arts are also identified.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/E2, 4A/E2
  • NASA Space Place: All about exoplanets

    This website explores: What is an exoplanet? And how do we know they're out there? All of the planets in our solar system orbit around the sun. Planets that orbit around other stars are called exoplanets. Exoplanets are very hard to see directly with telescopes. They are hidden by the bright glare of the stars they orbit.