Other Astronomy Imagery, Lesson Plans, and Resources


Welcome to a new way to explore and share the Universe! AstroPix is your fully-searchable one-stop-shop for images from many of the leading astronomical observatories, including Spitzer, Hubble, Chandra, WISE, ESO, and GALEX, with more coming soon. AstroPix includes astronomical observations, illustrations, charts, and photographs spanning the field of Astronomy. All of the AstroPix imagery is tagged with supporting information describing the content, from titles and captions to wavelengths and distances. 

NASA Wavelength

NASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. Use NASA Wavelength to quickly and easily locate resources, connect them to other websites using atom feeds, and even share the resources you discover with others through social media and email. Check back often for updates. 

Teach Astronomy

Teach Astronomy is an astronomy learning tool, intended either as a supplement for classroom instruction or for informal learners wanting to know more about the subject. The included free textbook is intended for all audiences, and is an introduction to the nature of the universe. Use it to research or review our Solar System, stars, galaxies, and the history of the Universe. Each chapter has a set of corresponding homework questions.

Center for Astronomy Education

The Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), directed by Ed Prather and Gina Brissenden (Univ. of Arizona), is devoted to improving teaching and learning in general education, college-level Earth, Astronomy and Space Science (Astro 101) by conducting fundamental research on student beliefs and reasoning difficulties related to astronomy, and instructor implementation difficulties related to teaching astronomy. The CAE runs Teaching Excellence Workshops for Earth, Astronomy and Space Science instructors across the country.

Published: 16 August, 2013

Fun Fact

Shooting stars are actually tiny pieces of rock and dust that are burning up in our atmosphere. Many of these particles are left over from the tails of passing comets, so you could say you're seeing a falling comet tail, rather than a falling star.