A Breathtaking Year of Astronomy
Includes 28 computer-based astronomy lessons.
Enjoy 28 jam-packed lessons as you and your students tour the solar system at light speed, ride alongside comets with our spacecraft, dodge meteors, discover the height and depth of the universe; explore Pluto, the Ice Giants, the Gas Giants, Mars, the Sun and Moon. Dive into the Milky Way, Black Holes, Dwarf Stars, and loads of other amazing phenomena in space!
Each lesson has its own:
- Warm-Up Activity
- Gradable Questions
- Cross-Curricular Activities
See a Sample of What You'll Learn
TOUR THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Only half our solar system is filled with planets. Find out what the other half is full of. Did you know that we are not the only solar system of planets in the galaxy?
PLUTO AND THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Why isn’t Pluto a planet anymore? Did it change, or did our understanding of it change? Explore thousands of previously undiscovered objects like Pluto at the outer edges of the solar system.
SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE MOON?
We see the moon in the sky every night, but how well do we know her? Explore the many ways the moon affects the Earth and its people. You’ll never see the moon the same again.
MANNED SPACE EXPLORATION
Take a trip with the first people to land on the moon and see why the Space Shuttle changed everything about space travel. Explore our plans to go back to the moon and then on to Mars.
THE MILKY WAY AND OTHER GALAXIES
Our solar system is immense, but it gets lost in the vastness of our Milky Way Galaxy. Look at our place in the galaxy and our galaxy’s place in the universe. Examine the different kinds of galaxies including galaxy collisions and the black holes in the center.
EVERYTHING – A TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE
Do you want to learn about the whole universe in one lesson? Did you know that only a hundred years ago we thought our Milky Way Galaxy was the entire universe? How much of the universe can we really see?
EXOPLANETS – PLANETS BEYOND OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Discovering exoplanets is one of the most exciting fields in astronomy today. We have found thousands of planets besides the ones that circle our Sun now, and planet-hunting has reached a fever pitch.
HOW TO REALLY USE A TELESCOPE
Did you ever wonder how a telescope works? How do we get these spectacular pictures of the universe from orbiting telescopes like Hubble and what can we find out about the universe by looking at it in other types of light besides the kind we see?
The most beautiful objects in the universe are nebulae. They come in all shapes and sizes and colors, but what are they really? Learn to differentiate between different kinds of nebulae and find out how they get their names.
ROBOTIC SPACE EXPLORATION
We are inspired by human space exploration, but these space robots can go places humans could never go – and for longer periods of time. Much of the exploration we’ve accomplished in the solar system is because of our ability to make robots and send them to explore.