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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: $14.99

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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 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 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.


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Price: $9.95

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Sunspotter Solar Telescope

The safer solar telescope. Solar viewing is a great activity for amateur astronomers and school kids. Now it is safe and practical. Observers or students in a small group can view and track sunspots across the Sun. A beautiful, fascinating and durable astronomical tool that everyone will enjoy. Caution: Never look directly at the sun without proper protection. Adult supervision is always recommended. 16″ H x 15″ L x 6″ W. Item is dropshipped from manufacturer. Sorry, no delivery to APO/FPO addresses or PO boxes. Please note: Overnight and 2-day shipping are not available for this product.

Price: $364.00

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Star Maps Constellation Slide Set

42 slides of actual sky images shown next to line drawings of the constellation figures. Middle school and up.

List of slides:

1. Andromeda
2. Aqurius
3. Aquila
4. Aries/Triangulum
5. Auriga
6. Bootes
7. Cancer
8. Canis Major
9. Canis Minor
10. Capricornus
11. Cassiopeia
12. Cepheus
13. Coma Berenices/Canes Venatici
14. Corona Borealis
15. Corvus
16. Crater
17. Cygnus
18. Delphinus
19. Draco
20. Gemini
21. Hercules
22. Hydra
23. Leo
24. Lepus
25. Libra
26. Lyra
27. Ophiuchus/Serpens
28. Orion
29. Pegasus
30. Perseus
31. Pisces
32. Sagitta
33. Sagittarius
34. Scorpius
35. Scutum
36. Taurus
37. Ursa Major
38. Ursa Minor
39. Virgo
40. Star Map Symbols

Price: $89.95

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Solar Motion Demonstrator Kit (Set of 24)

A favorite activity with both students and teachers! A “hand-held science lab”, the cardboard demonstrator shows the apparent motion of the Sun across the sky. Use it for any day of the year, and any latitude in the northern hemisphere. Provides for many solar activities, at a very affordable price. Includes one assembled model and materials for 23 others. Middle school and up.

Price: $32.95

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SOFIA Active Astronomy Infrared Kit

The Active Astronomy kit is filled with Classroom Activities for Learning About Infrared Light. It focuses on student understanding of infrared light, which occupies the portion of the infrared spectrum in between visible light and microwave, the shortest of the radio waves. Students explore colored filters and their usefulness to astronomers, detection of infrared light and reflection of infrared light. Students find that infrared light carries information, and in some cases behaves like visible light and other cases behaves very differently. Learn more about this kit at the SOFIA website (a new browser window will open).

To understand the universe, astronomers observe at all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, including infrared. The SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy) is NASA’s next-generation airborne observatory. SOFIA will feature a 2.5-meter telescope mounted in a highly-modified Boeing 747SP. It will fly above most of the water vapor in the atmosphere to study infrared emissions from space. Read more about SOFIA (a new browser window will open).

Kit Includes:

1 each AA battery holder
1 each Audio Amplifier/Speaker
8 each 24″ Jumper Leads (alligator clip cables)
2 each 6ft Audio Cable (plug)
1 each Polyester Film Capacitor
1 each High Output Infrared LED
1 each Solar Cell Module (photocell)

2 sheets black construction paper
1 sheet red construction paper
1 each diffraction grating (packed in cardboard tube)
1 each green 22″ x 8″ gel strip (packed in cardboard tube)
1 each red 55″ x 8″ gel strips (packed in cardboard tube)
1 each blue 55″ x 8″ gel strips (packed in cardboard tube)
Each color gel strip can be cut and framed with cardboard.

1 each DVD – More than Your Eyes Can See NASA
1 each CD-ROM – Active Astronomy Classroom Activities – teacher’s guide
1 each printed sheet – Instructions for CD ROM
1 each classroom activity flyer – Discovery of Infrared Light
1 each poster (folded) – The Infrared Universe
1 each poster (folded) – Multi-Wavelength Universe
1 each information card- More than Our Eyes Can See
1 each SOFIA information card – Exploring the Infrared Universe
1 each SOFIA brochure – Partners in Science Education
20 SOFIA stickers

Price: $85.00

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Science Educators Under the Stars: Amateur Astronomers Engaged in Education and Public Outreach

Science Educators Under the Stars captures the spark of excitement that amateur astronomers enjoy and share.” —
Full review.

Science Educators Under the Stars: Amateur Astronomers Engaged in Education and Public Outreach, (Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2007), paperback, 124 pages. Edited by Michael G. Gibbs, Marni Berendsen, and Martin Storksdieck. Foreword by Terry Mann. Contributing authors: Marni Berendsen, Michael Gibbs, Jim Kaler, Judy Koke, David Levy, Mike Reynolds, Scott Roberts, Tim Slater, Martin Storksdieck, and Dan Zevin.

Science Educators Under the Stars: Amateur Astronomers Engaged in Education and Public Outreach is the first comprehensive treatise of the amateur astronomer’s role in communicating knowledge and passion about astronomy to the public. The book reviews the topic from many angles: it characterizes the nature of education and public engagement with astronomy that amateur astronomers are currently doing; it features projects and organizations that support and aid these practices; it discusses the potential impact on the public and on astronomy and amateur astronomers; and it embeds these pieces into a larger framework of astronomy education as a whole. The book also provides a summary of research conducted on amateur astronomers engaging in education and public outreach along with presenting new research findings on women in astronomy.

Download the Table of Contents and Foreword. Edited by Michael G. Gibbs, Marni Berendsen, and Martin Storksdieck (2007), paperback, 124 pages.

Price: $12.00

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