Astronomy Activities & Resources


  • Celestial Treasure Hunt  [Activity and Handout]

    Celestial Treasure Hunt [Activity and Handout]

    • Nighttime Event
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Give this Celestial Treasure Hunt handout to your star party visitors before they tour the telescopes so they can hunt for different types of astronomical objects!


  • Exploring Strange New Worlds [Activity]

    Exploring Strange New Worlds [Activity]

    • Nighttime Event
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Your visitors become teams of scientists living on a planet orbiting a distant star. They are on the threshold of exploring their own planetary system for the first time


  • Planetary Postcards [Reference]

    Planetary Postcards [Reference]

    • Nighttime Event
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    These colorful exoplanet postcards, featuring beautiful illustrations by renowned space artist Lynette Cook, showcase some of what's known about planets orbiting other stars. Uploaded: November 2005


  • PlanetQuest Observing Cards [Reference]

    PlanetQuest Observing Cards [Reference]

    • Nighttime Event
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    This set of cards is designed to give telescope operators and other night sky interpreters a new way of explaining the night sky to your  scope's visitors. You can download the PDFs to your tablet or even print them out onto cardstock.


  • PlanetQuest Outreach Toolkit [Manual]

    PlanetQuest Outreach Toolkit [Manual]

    • Nighttime Event
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    The PlanetQuest Toolkit's complete manual provides hands-on activities and observing using telescopes to learn about discovering exoplanets: planets orbiting other stars. :


  • PlanetQuest: Our Changing Worlds View [Presentation]

    PlanetQuest: Our Changing Worlds View [Presentation]

    • Nighttime Event
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    This presentation describes the search for planets around other stars and the Kepler mission that searched for these elusive worlds. Includes suggested script.


  • Star Maps: Where Are the Distant Worlds? [Handout]

    Star Maps: Where Are the Distant Worlds? [Handout]

    • Nighttime Event
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Where are the distant worlds in the night sky? Use these monthly star maps to find constellations and to identify stars with extrasolar planets.


  • Why Do We Put Telescopes In Space? [Activity and Presentation]

    Why Do We Put Telescopes In Space? [Activity and Presentation]

    • Nighttime Event
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    This activity helps explain why telescopes in space can be more effective than telescopes on Earth. You can demonstrate why stars twinkle and show how atmospheric conditions impact the quality of what telescopes can see..


  • Wobbles and Transits: How Do We Find Planets Around Other Stars? [Activity]

    Wobbles and Transits: How Do We Find Planets Around Other Stars? [Activity]

    • Nighttime Event
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    This activity describes techniques scientists use to find planets orbiting other stars, wth a focus on both the wobble and transit methods of detection.


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