Astronomy Activities & Resources


  • Asteroid Hunters Activity

    Asteroid Hunters Activity

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Find asteroids in a star field and discover why astronomers are locating even more asteroids using powerful infrared telescopes like NEOWISE.


  • Astronomy Activity: Craters on the Earth and Moon

    Astronomy Activity: Craters on the Earth and Moon

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Make craters on models of the Moon and Earth in this fun (and potentially messy!) outreach activity. Investigate the properties of Earth that hide past cratering events, such as movement of the crust, erosion, water, and a protective atmosphere.


  • Banner : Earth Craters and Moon Map

    Banner : Earth Craters and Moon Map

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult
    Artwork for two-sided banner: one side shows a one-meter Earth with the locations of craters and compares Earth to the sizes of the larger asteroids. The other side is a one-meter map of the Moon.

  • Heads Up! It

    Heads Up! It's a Meteor Shower Handout

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    November and December bring many beautiful meteor showers to light up our cold skies. This handout gives out some vital information about meteors and when to spot them, and is appropriate for all audiences.


  • Meteorite or MeteorWrong?

    Meteorite or MeteorWrong?

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Learn all about meteorites with this hands-on activity: where they come from, how they got here, and what they are made of. Compare the characteristics of meteorites and Earth rocks.


  • Scaling the Asteroid Belt

    Scaling the Asteroid Belt

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Explore the asteroid belt in this astronomy activity and learn some surprising truths about just how difficult it would actually be to navigate. It may not be as tightly packed as Hollywood would have you believe!


  • Sorting the Solar System Cards

    Sorting the Solar System Cards

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Start discussions of the characteristics of asteroids, comets, planets, and moons with these images of Solar System objects. Practice scientific thinking by sorting objects into categories according to their common qualities.


  • Space Rocks Toolkit Manual

    Space Rocks Toolkit Manual

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    The full manual to the Space Rocks Toolkit.


  • Space Rocks: Impacts of Our Smallest Neighbors - Presentation (PowerPoint)

    Space Rocks: Impacts of Our Smallest Neighbors - Presentation (PowerPoint)

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Use this PowerPoint in conjunction with the activities included on the Space Rocks ToolKit or on its own to discuss asteroids, comets, and the potential hazards of Near Earth Objects.


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