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March, 2008

Astronomy and Space
National Science Foundation site explores the biggest of big questions.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


http://www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/astronomy/index.jsp

CONTENT
This site examines the research of the National Science Foundation on fundamental questions such as, What is the universe made of, and how does it work? Where did it all come from? What is our place in the cosmos? and, Are we alone?
SITE DESIGN
This well organized site is part of the larger National Science Foundation site. Links to the big questions are listed on the main page as is the interactive telescope view. There is also a text only version available.
 

REVIEW
This site provides resources and information for teachers and students who are teaching and learning about astronomy and space. There are four big questions that it addresses: What is the universe made of, and how does it work? Where did it all come from? What is our place in the cosmos? and Are we alone? Each question is answered in a short essay with hypertext links to additional information. The highlight of the site is the interactive telescope that allows users to view a series of images from NSF-funded observatories that include galaxies, sunspots, and an area that is thought to mark the location of a super massive black hole and images from the moon that scientists can use to study the properties of the Moon's dusty surface layer. Additionally, visitors to the site will find a link to the 2007: Year in Review that includes all the advances and activities reported for the year, all the latest astronomy and space news and more resources including NSF classroom resources pertaining to astronomy and space.

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