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    Astronomy v Astrology

    This activity overviews the differences between how Observational Astronomy and Astrology portray the constellations of the Zodiac, timing of the Sun entering and leaving each zodiacal constellation, and more. ages 12+ & public audiences

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    Cosmic Castaways

    Students will understand the structure of galaxies and the nature of galaxy collisions by watching a planetarium show, building their own galaxy, and engaging with an interactive simulation of how galaxies collide and merge gravitationally. ages 14+

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    Explore asteroids, comets, meteoroids and other small bodies in the Solar System with InVESTAgate. Get hands-on with meteorite impacts, mining asteroids, and more! This unit features the citizen science project Asteroid Mappers: Vesta Edition. ages 11+

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    TerraLuna is a 15-day unit of inquiry-based lessons that lets your students explore the surface features of the Moon and the Earth, investigating how these two worlds formed and continue to evolve. Features MoonMappers, and real lunar exploration. ages 11+

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“Once Upon a Time” with Rosetta

Although the Philae lander has gone to sleep, the Rosetta spacecraft continues its mission studying Comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. You can share its story in an adorable format with your students or kids with “Once Upon a Time” by the European Space Agency. It stars the satellite, Rosetta, as an adorable character, along with Philae. You can […]


Contest for European Teachers

Want to go to Greece this summer to learn more about various teaching portals on the web? If you’re a primary or secondary teacher in Europe, you can win a trip to the Open Discovery Space summer school in Greece in 2015! Our partners at the Galileo Teacher Training Program are making it possible for […]

Praising Kids A No-No?

There’s a running joke, or maybe it’s a complaint, about how “kids these days” get too many awards and too much praise. Maybe that’s not so far from the truth? At least that’s the conclusion of child psychologists these days (pdf). Or, at least, simple praise applied in all situations isn’t productive. This might be related […]


Cosmic Castaways

Summary: This activity is designed to allow students to understand the structure of galaxies and nature of galaxy collisions. They will: watch a planetarium show, build their own galaxy, and engage with an interactive simulation illustrating how galaxies collide and merge gravitationally. Downloads (Updated 7 April 2014): [Word 21 MB], [PDF 21.4 MB] Grade Level: appropriate for […]

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Astronomy vs Astrology

Note: The attached handout is written for astronomers (professional and amateur) to use when teaching in a classroom. Teachers may find that it contains a lot of excess information. An abbreviated version will be released in the future. Summary: An activity designed to demonstrate that astrology doesn’t accurately represent the Sun’s motion through the constellations. […]

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