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This guide provides instructions on how to make color pictures using images downloaded from the WISE archive. An overview of what digital images and FITS files are is followed by a discussion on the basic process of how gray scale images are... (View More) adjusted, assigned color, and added together to create a color picture. Five different image processing programs are provided to the users, along with the pros and cons of each program, and links for installing and using each one. There is also a review of the various image artifacts that may be found in WISE images. (View Less)
This is a set of four activities about Saturn. Learners will read a series of Saturn minibooks, and then use this information to answer questions and construct a poster to display their learning. The fourth activity returns to the idea of size and... (View More) scale by comparing Saturn and Titan to our Earth and Moon. Includes a glossary, information for families, and guidance for deepening the science. This is lesson 3 of 8 in the Jewel of the Solar System: From Out-of-School to Outer Space, an adaptation for after school programs of the Cassini-Huygens educational product, Reading, Writing, and Rings. (View Less)
This is an animated and narrated storybook about the Sun and its effects on Earth. Learners will read or hear about characteristics of the Sun and Earth that influence their interaction. Topics touched upon include star sizes, star life cycle,... (View More) stellar core nuclear processes, plasma, solar flares, coronal mass ejections, solar wind, electromagnetic spectrum, Earth’s magnetosphere, and electromagnetic energy. (View Less)
This interactive, web-based activity allows children to see the universe in many different wavelengths of light - light our eyes can and cannot see. To use the viewer, first select a celestial object (planet, galaxy, etc.), then select an... (View More) electromagnetic wavelength range to view it (e.g., visible, ultraviolet, infrared). Images are from various ground- and space-based telescopes. In addition, background information is provided on the electromagnetic spectrum and selected telescopes designed to detect specific regions of light. (View Less)
This Hubble Space Telescope image shows an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies, also known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational tidal... (View More) pull of the companion galaxy below it, also known as UGC 1813. The encounter between the two galaxies also has created regions of intense star formation. In the accompanying educational activity, In Search of ... Interacting Galaxies, students investigate galaxy interactions through a level 1 inquiry activity using the images and text from the lithograph and other resources. A level 1 inquiry activity can help prepare students to become independent thinkers. (View Less)
This is a set of four activities about spacecraft design. Learners will use the information learned in previous lessons, combined with their own creativity and problem-solving skills, to design and test a parachuting probe that will withstand a fall... (View More) from a high point, land intact, be able to descend slowly, float in liquid, and cost the least to launch into space. Includes a glossary, information for families, and guidance for deepening the science. This is lesson 7 of 8 in the Jewel of the Solar System: From Out-of-School to Outer Space an adaptation for afterschool programs of the Cassini-Huygens educational product Reading, Writing, and Rings. (View Less)
This is a website about gravitational waves. Learners will read about how the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission will detect gravitational waves.
This website provides instructions on how to find and download images directly from the WISE archive. With a computer and Internet connection, users can access high-resolution, infrared images from the WISE mission. Instructions are provided to... (View More) explain how to get access the images from the archive. (View Less)
Children will learn to write with scientific accuracy to characterize Saturn and its features as they create their own multilayer 3-D book of Saturn, with diagrams showing its various layers, ring system and many moons. Includes a glossary,... (View More) information for families, and guidance for deepening the science. This is lesson 4 of 8 in the Jewel of the Solar System: From Out-of-School to Outer Space, an adaptation for afterschool programs of the Cassini-Huygens educational product Reading, Writing, and Rings. (View Less)
This is a game about planning what to take on a space trip to Mars. Learners will decide on the appropriateness of items to take on a long trip to Mars and take into consideration the effects of zero gravity, limited electrical power, etc.