ASTRONOMY TEACHING & EDUCATION RESOURCES

(last update: 4/12/14)


Astronomical News & Discoveries

              Astronomy, Particle Physics, Quantum Physics Discoveries

              Young Astronomers Newsletter  by Art Gormeley now is in pdf with active links

              news from Sky and Telescope

              news from Earth & Sky

              news from Astronomy Magazine

           
  astrobites  a summary of interesting publications from astrophysics graduate students brought down to earth





Particle & Quantum Physics News & Commentary


              Of Particular Interest  by Matt Strassler             commentaries on and explanations of mostly particle physics, but also astrophysics & quantum physics

              Preposterous Universe  by Sean Carroll            commentaries on mostly cosmology, but also current physics and science in general

              Quantum Frontiers                                               commentaries on quantum information & matter        
   
              Science 20                                                             discoveries and commentaries in all fields of science

              Scientifican American                                          blog on Space discoveries



   Educational Software

Image Processing

  Astronomy image processing resources for teachers

  technical guide to  FITS images

  NASA CERES Astronomy Data Resource


The following groups have created a number of interactive exercises involving astronomical image processing that are appropriate for high school or intro college astronomy classes


           EU-HOU
  Faulkes Telescope
           Hands-On Universe

       
   Chandra Ed                       image processing software useful for Chandra X-ray telescope images



Citizen Science projects

Nearly 20 current astronomy-oriented projects exist that allow you to access research-quality data and help professional astronomers classify objects and/or make discoveries

project name
sponsor institution
start year
subfield
description






Staradust@Home

UC-Berkeley

2006

interplanetary/stellar
Search for interplanetary/interstellar dust
impacts with the aerogel on
Stardust spacecraft






Asteroids Mappers, Vesta edition

Astroquest

2011

solar system
Determine the history of the
asteroid Vesta by mapping surface craters
using data from the Dawn spacecraft

Moon Mappers

Astroquest

2011

solar system
Determine the history of the
Earth's Moon by mapping surface craters
using data from

Planet Mappers, Mercury edition


Astroquest

2011

solar system
Determine the history of the
Mercury by mapping surface craters
using data from Messenger spacecraft





Target Asteroids
&
Target NEOs

Astronomical League,
LPL, U Arizona

2012

solar system
amateur astronomers take images
of asteroids using their own telescopes & CCD cameras,
perform image analysis to obtain
astrometric and photometric data

Galaxy Zoo


Zooinverse

2007

extraglactic
Classify galaxy images
using data from Hubble Space Telescope,
SDSS, and UKIRT

Moon Zoo

Zoooinverse

2009

lunar
Classify lunar images

using Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter data

Solar Storm Watch


Zooinverse

2009

solar
Spot and track surface explosions
on the sun using data from
the STEREO spacecraft

Planet Hunters


Zooinverse

2010

exoplanets
Identify extrasolar planets from variations in
the light curves
of stars using data from
the
Kepler space telescope

Disk Detective

Zooinverse

2010

exoplanet systems
Find the birthplace of planets by
searching for star systems with dusty disks
using data from the WISE mission

SetiLive


Zooinverse

2013

exoplanets
Search for interesting radi signals
coming from objects with the Kepler satellite field
using data from the Allen Telescope Srray

Space Warps

Zooinverse

2013

extragalactic
Find distribution of dark matter in the universe
by measuring the effects of foreground
gravitational lenses on the images of background galaxies

Radio Galaxy Zoo

Zooinverse

2013

extragalactic
help discover supermassive black holes

using NRAO and CSIRO radio data

Planet Four

Zooinverse

2013

Mars
Find and mark ‘fans’ and ‘blotches’ on the Martian surface
(which should indicate wind direction and speed)
using data from Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter

Milky Way

Zooinverse

2014

Milky Way galaxy
Map the Milky Way by searching
for star clusters and interstellar bubbles
on Spitzer images

Sunspotter


Zooinverse

2014

solar
Examine images of sunspots and rank pairs of images
according to their relative complexity
using data from the
SOHO spacecraft






Loss of the Night    download Android app

Dark Sky Meter    download the Iphone app




2006


sky

Measure star visibility and light pollution in your location
and contribute to worldwide data base








Sky simulation software


  Stellarium                                                free open source software; > 600,000 stars; relatively weak on comets & asteroids; Windows, Linux, and Mac versions

  C2A Computer Aided Astronomy         free;  Windows only

  Skychart  (Cartes de Ciel)                     free software for drawing sky charts; Windows, Linux, and Mac versions

  World Wide Telescope

  HomePlanet                                            free; > 250,000 stars; excels at locating artificial satellites, comets, and asteroids; less realistic sky view than those above



  Starry Night                                            $49.95 and up

  The Sky                                                   $49.95 and up

  Red Shift                                                 $59.99


Java and other simulation software


CLEA -- Laboratory Exercises in Astronomy

12 download-able simulations usable in college or advanced high school (including Hubble redshift law; H-R diagram of the Pleiades; Mercury's rotation; photon random walk in the sun; determining Jupiter's mass using its moons; spectral classification; large scale structure of the universe)

           Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project       15 Applets targeting the undergraduate introductory astronomy audience (including blackbody curves, binary simulator, exoplanets and habitable zones, variable star photometry)

  Project LITE Spectrum Explorer           interactively explore  blackbody radiation

  Simulations of spectroscopic and eclipsing binaries


  GalCrash                model galaxy collsions
  Galaxsee              create your own galaxy





Astronomy Texts of the Future

Astronomy HyperText Book
Virtual Astronomy Library

Other Educational Resources

Movies and animations

MPEG movie trips to black holes and neutron stars



lectures/debates

1920 Shapley-Curtis Debate Are the "spiral nebulae" inside or outside of our galaxy?
1995 Lamb-Paczynski Debate The Distance Scale to the Gamma-Ray Bursts
1996 The Scale of the Universe
1998 The Nature of the Universe
 

 

catalogs

Arp's Atlas Of Peculiar Galaxies


miscellaneous

ExInEd Home Page
Educational Activities at the Space Telescope Science Institute


Newsletters, Journals, and Preprints

popular

Sky and Telescope including What's up in the sky; their catalog of books, software, observing aids; telescope reviews and more

Astronomy magazine

Astronomy Now the leading astro magazine from Great Britain

Mercury magazine   &  Universe in the Classroom   from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

professional


The Astrophysical Journal full text of articles, letters, and the supplement

Astrophysics preprints from arXiv

Astronomical Journal

            Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

 
Solar News electronic newsletter


Astrophysics Data System Abstract Service


Organizations

American Astronomical Society
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
American Association of Variable Star Observers
International Planetarium Society
The Planetary Society
American Lunar Society
SETI Institute

 
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