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Resources for the Higher Education Audience

Astro 101 Slide Sets

NASA-Funded Sets
NSF-Funded Sets

NASA-Funded Sets

This series of slide sets is meant to bring recent NASA discoveries to the college-level non-major introductory astronomy classroom. The Astro 101 slide sets compile short, topical presentations on new developments from NASA SMD Astrophysics missions relevant to Astronomy 101 topics. The Astro 101 Slide Sets are a collaborative effort between members of the NASA Astrophysics education and public outreach (E/PO) community and the NASA Astrophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum.

Astro 101 Slide Sets Instructor’s Guide

Title of powerpoint slideset Concepts NASA Missions PPT file PDF file
“Debris Belts Around Vega” Infrared observations, debris disks, exoplanet detection, planetary systems Spitzer, Herschel PPT  PDF*
“Black Holes in M83″ Multi-wavelength observations, black hole evolution Hubble, Chandra, Swift PPT  PDF*
“Fermi Telescope Discovers Milky Way Bubbles” Multi-wavelength observations, galactic and stellar evolution Fermi, Chandra, WMAP PPT  PDF*
“M101 Galaxy Revealed in Multiple Wavelengths” Multi-waveIength observations in infrared, optical, ultraviolet, and X-rays “Great Observatories”:  Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer; GALEX PPT  PDF*
“Neutron Star Spins Down” Pulsars, magnetic fields, pulsar timing Swift, Fermi PPT PDF*
“Shockingly Bright Pulsar” Multi-wavelength observations, galactic and stellar evolution NuSTAR, Chandra, Swift PPT  PDF*
“Young Galaxies Grow” Ultraviolet observations, galaxy formation, galaxy evolution, young stellar populations GALEX, HST PPT PDF*
“’Inside-Out’ Star Clusters” Stellar evolution, star formation, cluster formation, cluster dynamics Chandra, Spitzer PPT PDF*
“New Neighbors” Solar neighborhood, brown dwarfs, binary systems WISE, Gemini, Spitzer PPT PDF*
“Multiple Views of an Extremely Distant Galaxy” Galaxy development, gravitational lensing Hubble (Frontier Fields Program), Spitzer, Chandra PPT PDF*
“Kepler’s Exoplanet Discoveries Exceed 1,000” Transit detection, exoplanet statistics Kepler PPT PDF*
“From Supernovae to Planets”** Supernovae planet formation, infrared observations SOFIA PPT PDF*
“Finding the Most Luminous Galaxy”** Galaxies, black holes, early universe, infrared studies WISE PPT PDF*
“Binary System Makes Near Miss”** Solar neighborhood, red dwarfs, brown dwarfs, cosmic scale, gravitational interactions WISE PPT PDF*
“Kepler Finds Earth’s Cousin”** Transit detection, exoplanet statistics Kepler PPT PDF*

* These PDFs have been made compliant with Section 508 (https://www.section508.gov/).

NSF-Funded Sets

These slide sets are meant to bring recent NSF-supported discoveries to the college-level non-major introductory astronomy classroom. These Astro 101 slide sets compile short, topical presentations on new developments from NSF-funded observatories. These slidesets are inspired by and patterned after the NASA sets posted on this same page.

Title of powerpoint slideset Concepts NSF Observatory
PPT file PDF file
“LIGO’s Direct Detection of Gravitational Waves”* General relativity and interferometry LIGO PPT PDF
“Direct Detection of Gravitational Waves from Neutron Stars” General relativity and interferometry LIGO PPT PDF
“Measuring the Ripples from Galaxy Collisions” General relativity and compact objects NANOGrav PPT PDF

Resource Guides

Cosmology Resource Guide for Astro 101 Instructors

Exoplanets Resource Guide for Astro 101 Instructors