Reach for the Stars

Student Book

Activity 1: Into the Sun

Suntrek:
http://www.suntrek.org/

Stanford Solar Center:
http://solar-center.stanford.edu

The Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO):
http://www.bbso.njit.edu/

Leicester University?s Education Guide to Space:
http://www.star.le.ac.uk/edu/Index.shtml

SOHO - The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory:
http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/

Question 6

Windows to the Universe website:
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/

Activity 6: The Sun in history

Stanford Solar Center website:
http://solar-center.stanford.edu/folklore.html

Activity 16: Star watch

Stellarium website:
http://www.stellarium.org/

How far are the stars?

Hipparcos website:
http://www.rssd.esa.int/index.php?project=HIPPARCOS

How hot are the stars?

Science Photo Library website:
http://www.sciencephoto.com/

Activity 23: In orbit

Applet that explores the motion of an object under an inverse-square law force:
http://www.csupomona.edu/~pbsiegel/www/fisher00/CentralForce.html

Activity 33: SETI

You can find out more about SETI, planets and the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe from these websites:
http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu
http://exoplanets.org/
http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov/index.cfm
http://www.seti-inst.edu

Hubble and the galaxies

You can find out more about WMAP at the NASA website:
http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov

It started with a bang

The UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) has a useful website that addresses some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about cosmology:
http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/cosmology_faq.html

How old is the Universe?

You can view a virtual tour to the edge of the Universe at the NASA website and you the simulated evolution of the Universe, as studied by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP):
http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/media/030657/index.html
http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/media/030651/index.html

The big picture

You can read more about the large-scale distribution of galaxies using the Harvard weblink:
http://adsbit.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?bibcode=1990MNRAS.247P..21F

Activity 41: Mass and motion

Links to some websites that provide applets to allow you explore how the rotation of a galaxy is affected by the distribution of its mass and how the mass in a cluster of galaxies influences the galaxies? random speeds:
http://www.arachnoid.com/dark_energy/space_applet.html
http://burro.astr.cwru.edu/JavaLab/RotcurveWeb/main.html
http://burro.astr.cwru.edu/JavaLab/GalCrashWeb/step5.html

Activity 42: Fate of the Universe

Activity developed by the Villiers Park Educational Trust to explore how dark energy might affect the fate of the Universe:
http://www.ygtactivities.org.uk/Activity.aspx?act_id=31

Activity 43: The cosmologists

Websites where you can find out more about great astronomers or cosmologists:
http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/cosmology.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_cosmology
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmologist

Activity 45: Cosmology today

You can out more about modern cosmology research at these websites:
http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/cosmology.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_cosmology
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cosmologist

Resource Pack

Activity and additional sheets

Activity 1: Into the Sun

Suntrek:
http://www.suntrek.org/

Stanford Solar Center:
http://solar-center.stanford.edu

The Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO):
http://www.bbso.njit.edu/

Leicester University?s Education Guide to Space:
http://www.star.le.ac.uk/edu/Index.shtml

SOHO - The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory:
http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/

Activity 12: Sunspots

Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO):
http://www.bbso.njit.edu/

Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) mission:
http://sci.esa.int/soho/

The YPOP Solar Classroom:
http://www.suntrek.org/

Activity 19: A Hertzsprung?Russell diagram

Faulkes Telescope Project:
http://faulkes-telescope.com/
 

Activity 45: Cosmology today

Science Daily website:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/space_time/cosmology/

PhysicsWorld website:
http://physicsworld.com/cws/subject/astro

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics website:
http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/seuforum/

NASA Cosmology website:
http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/universe/index.html

NASA COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer) website:
http://lambda.gsfc.nasa.gov/product/cobe/

NASA Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe website:
http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Ned Wright?s cosmology tutorial:
http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/cosmolog.htm

Teacher Notes

1 In the beginning

Encyclopaedia of Astonomy and Astrophysics:
http://eaa.crcpress.com/

Faulkes Telescope Project:
http://faulkes-telescope.com/

Science Photo Library:
http://www.sciencephoto.com/

Science and Technology Facilities Council:
http://www.so.stfc.ac.uk/publications/publorderform.aspx

Armargh Planetarium:
http://www.astrosales.biz/

Astronomical Society of the Pacific:
http://www.astrosociety.org/education.html

CLEA software:
http://www3.gettysburg.edu/~marschal/clea/CLEAhome.html

Stellarium:
http://www.stellarium.org/

Skymap:
http://www.skymap.com/

Your Sky:
http://www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky/

Heavens Above:
http://www.heavens-above.com/

Royal Astronomical Society:
http://www.ras.org.uk/

Hubble Podcasts:
http://www.spacetelescope.org/rss/vodcast.xml

Astronomy picture of the day:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Practical Physics:
http://www.practicalphysics.org/

Virtual Physics Laboratory:
http://www.npl.co.uk/server.php?show=nav.1244

Activity 6: The Sun in history

Stanford Solar Center website:
http://solar-center.stanford.edu/folklore.html

3.1 Studying the stars

Animation illustrating stellar parallax from the Interactive Books of Gaia
http://sci2.esa.int/interactive/media/flashes/2_1_1.htm

Black-body radiation

Davidson Web Physics site
http://webphysics.davidson.edu/Applets/java11_Archive.html

Activity 23: In orbit

Applet that explores the motion of an object under an inverse-square law force:
http://www.csupomona.edu/~pbsiegel/www/fisher00/CentralForce.html

Binary stars

Websites with reviews of the Doppler effect:
http://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cResource.dspDetail&ResourceID=18
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imoxDcn2Sgo&feature=related

3.4 Evolution and end points ? Summing up Part 3

University of British Columbia?s virtual HR diagram:
http://www.astro.ubc.ca/~scharein/a311/Sim/hr/HRdiagram.html

Section of NASA website on star formation and evolution:
http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/teachers/lifecycles/LC_index.html

Hubble and the galaxies

Norton website:
http://www.wwnorton.com/college/geo/egeo/flash/1_2.swf

YouTube website:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhfnqboacV0

It started with a bang

UCLA FAQ website:
http://www.astro.ucla.edu/~wright/cosmology_faq.html

Scientific American website that looks at misconceptions about the Big Bang:
http://www.mso.anu.edu.au/~charley/papers/LineweaverDavisSciAm.pdf

How big is the universe? 

Two posters from the XKCD website:
http://www.xkcd.com/482/
http://www.xkcd.com/485/

The riddle of dark matter

Perimeter Institute in Canada:
http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/Perimeter_Explorations/General/Perimeter_Explorations/

Activity 41: Mass and motion

Java applets exploring how the rotation of a galaxy is affected by the distribution of its mass and how the mass in a cluster of galaxies influences the galaxies? random speeds:
http://www.arachnoid.com/dark_energy/space_applet.html
http://burro.astr.cwru.edu/JavaLab/RotcurveWeb/main.html
http://burro.astr.cwru.edu/JavaLab/GalCrashWeb/step5.html

Current research

UCLA Division of Astronomy and Astrophysics website:
http://www.astro.ucla.edu/#wright/cosmolog.htm

Activity 42: Fate of the Universe

Activity developed by the Villiers Park Educational Trust to explore how dark energy might affect the fate of the Universe:
http://www.ygtactivities.org.uk/Activity.aspx?act_id=31

Technician Notes

Faulkes telescopes

Faulkes Telescope Project website:
http://faulkes-telescope.com/

Maps of the sky

Stellarium website:
http://www.stellarium.org/

Skymap website:
http://www.skymap.com/

Your Sky website:
http://www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky/

CLEA software

Open Office website:
http://download.openoffice.org/index.html

Adobe Reader:
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

CLEA homepage:
http://www3.gettysburg.edu/~marschal/clea/CLEAhome.html

RedShift CD-ROM

Maris Technologies Ltd website:
http://www.maris.com/

Skymap Pro 11

Marine Soft website
http://www.marinesoft.co.uk/

Demonstration version of Skymap Pro 11:
http://www.skymap.com/smp_eval.htm

Project STAR

Science & Technology Facilities Council (formerly PPARC)

Science & Technology Facilities Council:
http://www.scitech.ac.uk

Archive of old website:
http://www.pparc.ac.uk/home_old.asp

Armagh Planetarium

Website:
www.armaghplanet.com

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Astroshop:
http://www.astrosociety.org/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/shophome.html?E+scstore

Activity 10: Measuring half-life

TAAB Laboratories Equipment website:
http://www.taab.co.uk

Activity 13: The Sun?s spectrum

Technology Supplies website:
http://www.technologysupplies.co.uk

Activity 25: Particle speed and gas pressure

Diffusion of bromine vapour on the Practical Physics website:
http://www.practicalphysics.org/go/Experiment_166.html

Activity 42: Fate of the Universe

Activity developed by the Villiers Park Educational Trust to explore how dark energy might affect the fate of the Universe:
http://www.ygtactivities.org.uk/Activity.aspx?act_id=31