Astronomy Activities & Resources


  • Explorers

    Explorers' Guide to the Solar System (Presentation)

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    worlds in our Solar System stretches our minds and excites our imaginations like nothing else. It's the only way to answer some of our deepest questions.


  • Exploring Our Solar System [Banner and Activity]

    Exploring Our Solar System [Banner and Activity]

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    What planets can we see right now? Why can't we see all the planets at once? Where has NASA explored? The Exploring Our Solar System banner helps you answer these questions and demonstrate the apparent movement of the planets.


  • Exploring the Solar System ToolKit [Manual]

    Exploring the Solar System ToolKit [Manual]

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Exploring the Solar System ToolKit Manual includes hands-on activities to show the structure of our Solar System, including models for sizes and distances, and to connect what is seen in the sky with where the planets are in relation to Earth.


  • How Fast Are You Moving When You Are Sitting Still? [Essay]

    How Fast Are You Moving When You Are Sitting Still? [Essay]

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Essay by Andrew Fraknoi, detailing how when you are "sitting still" you may actually be moving quite fast! It all depends, of course, on your perspective.


  • Our Star: The Sun [Banner]

    Our Star: The Sun [Banner]

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Download the artwork below to make a large banner showcasing a one-meter Sun. You can take these files to a local print shop and create a vinyl banner for use with the models in the Scaling the Solar System activity.


  • Pocket Solar System [Activity]

    Pocket Solar System [Activity]

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    How far apart is everything in our solar system? It can be hard to imagine, but this activity can help! Try out this simple Pocket Solar System activity that is sure to get an "Ah-ha!" moment from your visitors, using just a marker and a strip of paper.


  • Scale of the Solar System [Resource]

    Scale of the Solar System [Resource]

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Keith Enevoldsen's Think Zone hosts a service that allows you to create a scale model of the solar system superimposed on a Google map/satellite image, with the Sun centered on the address you entered.


  • Solar System Images from NASA [Handout]

    Solar System Images from NASA [Handout]

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    A set of sheets from NASA, full of fun facts about major objects in our solar system.


  • Star Maps: Where are the Planets? [Activity and Handout]

    Star Maps: Where are the Planets? [Activity and Handout]

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Want to know what's up in our Solar System? Use a star map and mark the current locations of the planets and Moon along the ecliptic. Y


  • Worlds of the Solar System: Make a Scale Model [Activity and Handout]

    Worlds of the Solar System: Make a Scale Model [Activity and Handout]

    • Inside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Use a set of scaled balls and beads to show the relative sizes of the planets, the Moon, Ceres, and Pluto to each other and to the Sun. This permanent model can be used over and over again in many ways. Handout included,and can be downloaded separately.


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