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This is a lesson about elemental spectra. Learners will compare known elemental spectra with spectra of Titan and Saturn’s rings from a spectrometer aboard the NASA Cassini spacecraft. They identify the elements visible in the planetary and lunar... (View More)

In this interactive, online activity, students view an image of an "oddball" object from the Hubble Deep Field image that has been difficult for astronomers to classify. Students make their own interpretations of the object based upon knowledge... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

In this interactive, online activity, students estimate the distances of objects in the Hubble Deep Field from Earth using the relationship between size, brightness, and distance. Students can complete this activity independently or in small groups.... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

In this interactive, online activity, students practice estimation skills as they begin to explore the Hubble Deep Field image. Students first give a rough estimate of the number of objects in the image. They then use representative sampling... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This interactive, online activity allows students to examine the Hubble Deep Field image and simulate the process astronomers have gone through to classify the objects in it. Students classify select objects in the image based on observable... (View More)

In this paper and pencil exercise, students create graphs that describe the effect of a series of experiments using Daisy World, an energy balance model, that can be used to demonstrate concepts of equilibrium, homeostatis, and positive and negative... (View More)

This is an activity about the moons of Jupiter. Learners will study the orbital motions of Jupiter's Galilean satellites. The relationship between distance, gravity, and orbital period will be explored. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an... (View More)

This is an activity about change. Learners will use images of planetary bodies taken over tens of years to look for stable features and changed features on Saturn, Mars, and the Moon. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive,... (View More)

This is an activity about the polar caps on Mars. Learners will study the changing appearance of Mars' polar caps and investigate the relationship between the tilt of a planet's rotational axis (axial tilt) and the occurrence of seasons. This... (View More)

This is an activity about the rate of rotation. Learners will study the rotation of Jupiter and learn hw scientists determine the length of a day on a gas giant planet This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive, educational CD-ROM... (View More)

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