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Astronomy Apps for Mobile Devices: A First Catalog
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Astronomy Apps for Mobile Devices: A First Catalog

An annotated overview of 98 astronomy applications for smart phones and tablets ... (more)

An annotated overview of 98 astronomy applications for smart phones and tablets has been published in the on-line journal "Astronomy Education Review." Compiled by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College), the list features a brief description and a direct URL for each app. The listing includes a variety of apps for displaying and explaining the sky above you (some using the GPS function in your device); a series of astronomical clocks, calculators, and calendars; sky catalogs and observing planners; planet atlases and globes; citizens science tools and image displays; a directory of astronomy clubs in the U.S.; and even a graphic simulator for making galaxies collide. A number of the apps are free, and others cost just a dollar or two. A brief list of articles featuring astronomy app reviews is also included. (less)

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Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Education
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Data
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Andrew Fraknoi
Astronomy Behind the Headlines: Cosmic Debris
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Astronomy Behind the Headlines: Cosmic Debris

This item is a podcast audio presentation about "cosmic debris" -- the ... (more)

This item is a podcast audio presentation about "cosmic debris" -- the smaller chunks of material in space left over from the formation of our solar system -- and how they interact with observers on Earth. It features an interview with meteor-discoverer Peter Jenniskens, an astronomer for the SETI Institute. The podcast may be downloaded as an mp3 file or as a pdf document. Also included is a comprehensive set of links to editor-approved web sites on meteor showers, meteorites and their properties, asteroids, comets, NASA image sets, and classroom activities. This resource is one episode of <i>Astronomy Behind the Headlines</i> a web-based monthly periodical that features short interviews about the latest discoveries in astronomy and space science. All episodes are narrated by renowned scientists, who explain the phenomenon and why its discovery is significant. It is published and maintained by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. (less)

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Physics
Space Science
Education
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Full Course
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Andrew Fraknoi
Carolyn Collins-Petersen
Peter Jenniskens
Astronomy Behind the Headlines: Impact on Jupiter
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Astronomy Behind the Headlines: Impact on Jupiter

This item is a podcast audio presentation about the impact of an ... (more)

This item is a podcast audio presentation about the impact of an object with the surface of Jupiter in 2009. Heidi Hammel, senior researcher from the Space Science Institute, explains the imaging techniques being used to study the impact and how it will help scientists understand more about meteor collisions with planetary objects. The podcast may be downloaded as an mp3 file or as a pdf document. Background information on black holes is also provided, plus links to related web sites. This resource is one episode of <i>Astronomy Behind the Headlines</i> a web-based monthly periodical that features short interviews about the latest discoveries in astronomy and space science. All episodes are narrated by renowned scientists, who explain the phenomenon and why its discovery is significant. This resource was published and maintained by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. (less)

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Physics
Space Science
Technology
Education
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Full Course
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Andrew Fraknoi
Carolyn Collins-Petersen
Heidi Hammel
Astronomy Behind the Headlines: Water on the Moon
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Astronomy Behind the Headlines: Water on the Moon

This item is a podcast audio presentation about scientists' search for water ... (more)

This item is a podcast audio presentation about scientists' search for water at our moon's polar regions. Brian Day of NASA's LCROSS Mission discusses the water-hunting project, in which scientists blast the upper stage of a moon rocket into one of the permanently shadowed craters at the south pole of the Moon. <i>The podcast aired prior to the mission, which took place on October 29, 2009. The resulting impact churned up debris that shows evidence of water on the Moon.</i> <b>EDITOR'S NOTE:</b> Be sure not to miss the collection of resources on the Moon that accompanies this item. Users will find an impressive and extensive set of links to books, articles, papers, simulations, classroom activities, and background information on Earth's moon. This resource is one episode of <i>Astronomy Behind the Headlines</i> a web-based monthly periodical that features short interviews about the latest discoveries in astronomy and space science. This resource was published and maintained by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. (less)

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Engineering
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Andrew Fraknoi
Brian Day
Carolyn Collins-Petersen
Astronomy Picture of the Day: Saguaro Moon
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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Saguaro Moon

This Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the rising harvest moon over ... (more)

This Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the rising harvest moon over a desert landscape. The site includes links to information regarding the harvest moon and more pictures of full moons. (less)

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Physics
Space Science
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Images and Illustrations
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Astronomy Picture of the Day: Zodiacal Light
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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Zodiacal Light

This Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) shows Zodiacal light - light ... (more)

This Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) shows Zodiacal light - light reflected from interplanetary dust, as seen from an observatory in New Mexico. The site includes a description of this phenomenon and commentary on the photo, as well as links for more information. (less)

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Engineering
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Astronomy Sliding Puzzle Game
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Astronomy Sliding Puzzle Game

Play this fun astronomy sliding puzzle game in your free time! Use ... (more)

Play this fun astronomy sliding puzzle game in your free time! Use your mouse to drag puzzle pieces around the game board. To win, you must get the puzzle pieces back in the right order. Good luck! (less)

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Education
Material Type:
Games
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Provider:
SMARTR
Provider Set:
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Back of the Envelope Calculations: Comparing Jupiter with Earth
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Back of the Envelope Calculations: Comparing Jupiter with Earth

Below, you'll see a drawing of Jupiter showing the Great Red Spot, ... (more)

Below, you'll see a drawing of Jupiter showing the Great Red Spot, as well as several of the dark scars, like enormous black eyes, left as a result of the impact of fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy in 1994. If you were to cut out a circle that represented the Earth at the same scale, how big would you make the circle? (less)

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Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Barb Tewksbury
Bacteria Ballistics
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Bacteria Ballistics

On August 7, 1996, a chunk of rock made front-page news. It ... (more)

On August 7, 1996, a chunk of rock made front-page news. It was a meteorite from Mars that was believed to contain fossils of one-celled life forms. Although that particular claim is still the subject of much debate, scientists are still intrigued by the possibility that microbes from Mars may have once seeded the Earth. In this Science Update, you'll hear about an unusual experiment that could help provide the answer. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
Audio Lectures
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AAAS
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Science Netlinks
Bad Astronomy: Death by Meteorite
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Bad Astronomy: Death by Meteorite

This page is a blog post that explains what the odds are ... (more)

This page is a blog post that explains what the odds are of being killed by a meteorite impact. He compares these odds to other unlikely events and includes a solution to how the government could help lower these odds. (less)

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Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Phil Plait
Balloon Impacts
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Balloon Impacts

In this activity, learners measure the diameter of their water balloons, model ... (more)

In this activity, learners measure the diameter of their water balloons, model an impact, measure the diameter of the äóěcrateräó area, and determine the ratio of impactor to crater. This activity is best suited for the outdoors, in an area where there is plenty of concrete but no cars. (less)

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Mathematics
Geoscience
Space Science
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lunar and Planetary Institute
The Basics of Lunar Ranging
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The Basics of Lunar Ranging

This site, from the University of California at San Diego, describes a ... (more)

This site, from the University of California at San Diego, describes a laser ranging project whose goal is to measure the distance to the moon to within a millimeter. Included are descriptions of how the experiment is done, why it is difficult, and what the safety considerations are. Project data is provided in a link. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Baton Orbit Model
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Baton Orbit Model

Baton Orbit Model shows the trajectory of a baton-like object orbiting under ... (more)

Baton Orbit Model shows the trajectory of a baton-like object orbiting under the influence of a 1/r^2 force. This model was motivated by the tumbling motion of one of Saturn’s moons, Hyperion. Hyperion is the only celestial body in our solar system which exhibits chaotic tumbling. The chaotic motion is attributed to the uneven mass distribution and highly elliptical orbit of the moon. In order to model the behavior of Hyperion, we approximate its shape using a baton-like object composed of two point masses connected by a mass-less rod. This uneven mass distribution causes a net force and a net torque on its center of mass. The Baton Orbit Model was developed as a final project in a sophomore-level Computational Physics course (Phy 200) using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the jar file will run the program if Java is installed. You can modify this simulation if you have EJS installed by right-clicking within the map and selecting "Open Ejs Model" from the pop-up menu item. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Jessie Barrick