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Yardstick Eclipse Activity

Why do eclipses happen? Our most sought after activity is now available for use in both formal and informal settings to help us answer this question.

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Worlds in Comparison

20 slides comparing solar system bodies and their features to terrestrial features. For all grades.

List of slides:

1. Planets and Satellites
2. The giant planets and Earth
3. Uranus, Neptune and Earth
4. Seven large satellites
5. Moons of the Earth, Saturn and Uranus
6. Earth’s moon and Triton
7. Phobos, Deimos and Manhattan
8. Small Moon Comparisons
9. Radar views of Earth, Venus and Mars
10. Valles Marineris and the US
11. Valles Marineris and the Grand Canyon
12. The Tharsis Bulge and the US
13. Volcanoes on Mars and Earth
14. Volcanoes Compared
15. Valhalla and the US
16. Earth and Rings of Saturn
17. Saturn and the Earth-Moon Distance
18. Ringed Planet Comparison
19. Earth and Jupiter’s Clouds
20. The Earth and the Moon

Price: $34.95

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Tours of the Night Sky

This best-selling ASP collection of 4 seasonal audio nightsky tours and 40-page booklet with star charts makes stargazing easy. Whether hiking, camping, or simply going out into your backyard, you can play these audio tours (either CD or cassette) on your portable player and embark on a magical tour of the heavens. Using the brightest stars as markers, you will soon effortlessly locate major constellations and discover their mythical origins. It’s like having an astronomer by your side! Set includes 2 compact discs, 4 audio cassettes, 40-page booklet.

For use in North America. For all ages.

Old Price: $19.95

Price: $9.99

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The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD-ROM

A Collection of Activities and Resources for Teaching Astronomy (on a DVD-ROM)

Edited by Andrew Fraknoi
Published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

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This DVD-ROM is the most comprehensive resource and activity guide for teaching basic concepts and activities in space science ever published. It includes:

  • 133 field-tested hands-on activities, from programs and projects around the US,
  • 17 topical guides to to the best sources of information in print and on the web,
  • 52 background articles on astronomy and education,
  • 12 short videos with instructions for doing some of the most often-used activities, and
  • 10 recommended sequences of activities to help students learn some of the topics most often found in the K-12 curriculum.
Here are just a few of the interesting activities included on the disk:

  • Exploring the Phases of the Moon (with Everyday Materials)
  • Modeling the Expanding Universe
  • Picking the Top Tourist Sights in the Solar System
  • Sensing the Invisible: Waves our Eyes Can’t See but Simple Experiments Can Reveal
  • Counting to a Billion
  • Mars Opposition Dance: Using Movement to Teach about Orbits
  • Fun with the Sun
  • Transit Tracks: How we Find Planets around Other Stars
  • Make a Model Comet in Your Own Classroom
  • The Toilet-paper Solar System Model
  • Should Pluto be Considered a Planet?
  • Bike Years Versus Light Years
  • Black Hole Math

The disk is, in a sense, the “greatest hits” of astronomy education, designed to help teachers, curriculum specialists, museum educators, and astronomers who work with them find the most effective way of teaching about our understanding of the universe.

The activities, which range from brief (less than 15-minute) discussions to sequences that extend over several hours, cover a host of topics that are the staple of national and state science frameworks and standards. Each activity comes with full instructions, student (or audience) handouts, and connections to key ideas on science learning and teaching. Many can be used in informal settings as well as in the classroom.

Themes and topics include:

  •     The Moon and Its Phases
  •     The Sun in the Sky and the Seasons
  •     The Planets and Moons in our Solar System
  •     The Scale of the Solar System
  •     Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors
  •     Star Finding and Constellations
  •     The Sun and the Stars
  •     Galaxies and the Universe
  •     Space Exploration and the Search for Life
  •     Tools of the Astronomer (Telescopes and Light)
  •     Examining Pseudo-science and Skeptical Thinking
  •     Astronomy in Different Cultures
  •     Across the Curriculum: Astronomy and Other Subjects

The print version of this notebook has been used by thousands of schools, colleges, planetariums, museums, youth groups, park rangers and astronomy volunteers around the world. This updated, greatly expanded — and much easier to carry — disk is expected to become an even more important national resource for those who teach (or work with teachers of) astronomy.

Click here for the full table of contents (pdf file).

Price: $29.95

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The Total Skywatcher’s Manual – Signed Edition

The Total Skywatcher’s Manual is a family-friendly guide for astronomy enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds written by ASP staff.

Price: $29.00

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The Planetary System

100 slides delivering a complete tour of our solar system. For all grades.

List of slides:

1. Mercury Mosaic
2. The Caloris Basin
3. Discovery Rupes
4. Venus In Ultraviolet
5. Pioneer Radar Map of Venus
6. Venus’s Surface in Ambient and White Light
7. Venera Radar Image of Venus #1
8. Venera Radar Image of Venus #2
9. Venera Radar Image of Venus #3
10. Lakshmi Planum In False Color
11. Oblique Views of Lakshmi Planum
12. Earth from Apollo 17
13. Composite First and Last Quarter Moon
14. Crater King
15. Mare Orientale
16. Crater Copernicus’s Rays
17. Silver Spur Peak
18. Apollo 17 Astronaut
19. Constrast between Maria and Highlands
20. Moon: Hadley Rille Orbit
21. Bootprint on the Moon
22. Schiaparelli Hemisphere
23. Cerberus Hemisphere
24. Northern Hemisphere Mosaic
25. Candor Chasma
26. Polar Caps
27. Argyre Basin
28. Olympus Mons
29. Olympus Mons Caldera
30. Volcanoes and Garben
31. Mangala Vallis Channels
32. Dendritic Channels
33. Viking 2 Lander View with Frost
34. Viking 1 Lander View
35. Viking 2 Lander View
36. Phobos
37. Cracks on Phobos
38. Phobos: An Asteroid Prototype
39. Deimos
40. Deimos Close-Up
41. Comet West
42. Comet Halley in 1910
43. Comet Halley’s Nucleus, 1986
44. Global View
45. Jupiter, Io and Europa
46. The Great Red Spot
47. A Brown Oval
48. Jupiter’s Night Side
49. Radio Image of Jupiter
50. Amalthea
51. Jupiter’s Galilean Satellites
52. Io
53. Io: Pele Region with Plume
54. Io: South Polar Region
55. Io: Haemus Mons
56. Europa
57. Ganymede
58. Ganymede’s Grooved Terrain
59. Callisto
60. Ring Mosaic
61. Global Mosaic
62. Crecent Saturn
63. Saturn’s Rings from “Below”
64. B Ring Structure
65. Changes in Ring Structure
66. Detailed Profile of F Ring
67. Detailed Profile of the A Ring
68. Kinky Ring
69. Shepard Satellite
70. Atmospheres of Titan and Earth
71. Titan Backlit
72. Titan Haze
73. Eight Very Small Satellites
74. Mimas
75. Enceladus
76. Dione’s Trailing Hemisphere
77. Iapetus
78. Hyperion
79. Tethys
80. Rhea Mosaic
81. Crescent Uranus
82. Uranus in True and False Color
83. Uranus’s Rings
84. Uranus: Fine Details in Rings
85. Dust in the Ring System
86. Oberon
87. Titania
88. Umbriel
89. Ariel
90. Miranda
91. Cliff on Miranda
92. Neptune
93. Neptune: The Great Dark Spot
94. Neptune’s Rings
95. Neptune’s Rings Backlit
96. Triton
97. Triton: Flooded Caldera
98. Triton: Polar Cap and Wind Streaks
99. Giant Planets and Earth to Scale
100. Pluto and Charon: Computer Model

Price: $99.95

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The Night Sky Planisphere (Large) 40′-50′

The Night Sky is a rotating star finder- or planisphere that allows the user to recognize the constellations for any time of night, any day of the year. The sky appears to rotate (due to the rotation and orbital motion of the earth), so to be successful recognizing the constellations a beginner needs to know which stars are above the horizon at any time.

This is the full-sized version of The Night Sky suitable for the 40°-50° latitude zone (northern United States and parts of Europe).

Price: $7.95

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The Night Sky Planisphere (Large) 30′-40′

The Night Sky is a rotating star finder (planisphere) that allows the user to recognize the constellations for any time of night, any day of the year. The sky appears to rotate (due to the rotation and orbital motion of the earth), so to be successful recognizing the constellations a beginner needs to know which stars are above the horizon at any time.

This is the full-sized version of The Night Sky suitable for the 30°-40° latitude zone (southern half of the US, North Africa, Middle East, etc.).

Price: $9.95

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The New Patterns In The Sky: Myths & Legends of the Stars

by Julius Staal

The New Patterns in the Sky, a modern classic in the literature of star lore, is a comprehensive collection of myths, legends, and historical notes about each of the 88 constellations and the sun, moon, Milky Way, and shooting stars. Written for the non-specialist and widely respected by professional planetarians, this book provides a substantive review of the familiar star lore that has developed among the world’s cultures. A classic in astronomy, this book describes the rich body of celestial lore that has developed among the world’s cultures.

Price: $21.95

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The Hubble Deep Fields Poster

Gaze down a 12 billion light-year corridor, with our oversized print that reveals thousands of never-before-seen galaxies. Printed on high-quality paper, this print includes both the North and South Deep Fields plus images of sky to put them in context. 28″ x 39″

Please note: posters must ship separately via USPS in a cardboard tube. If your order contains items in addition to a poster, an additional $7.95 shipping charge for the poster will be added to your order. If you are only ordering posters, the poster shipping charge will be a flat $7.95. The shipping charge in your cart may show a higher shipping charge but your credit card will only be charged $7.95 in shipping.


Old Price: $11.95

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