Take a virtual tour of NASA’s Langley Research Center! https://oh.larc.nasa.gov/oh/ Check out Chicago’s Adler Planetarium’s online blog. Learn more about what’s currently going on in the astronomy community by reading articles, watching videos, and more.
Check out NASA’s “Kids Club” for a place to play fun astronomy games and to learn more about NASA.
Take a peek at this list of astronomy related websites and apps for students to engage with. Learn more about astronomy topics ranging from planets, light, telescopes, and more!
Institute of Science Developed Resources
Download and learn how to use star charts designed specifically for southeastern Michigan, or planispheres you can use from anywhere in the world.
Join Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson while he discusses astronomy, physics, and everything else about life in the Universe. Science meets pop culture on the StarTalk Radio podast!
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s “Air and Space Anywhere” website offers a variety of science activities and stories relating to aviation and astronomy. Listen to a podcast, go on a virtual tour, or play a fun space game!
Subscribe to NASA EXPRESS, NASA’s weekly email newsletter highlighting at-home activities to inspire learning and exploration. Click the sign up link to receive new newsletters in your inbox or peruse the latest EXPRESS.
SLOOH is an online, virtual observatory that allows you to see the wonders of the universe on your computer.
If you're looking for a long list of activities related to astronomy for children K-5, check out education.com.
On NASA’s Learning Space Page you can find instructions for making things like rockets, Mars rovers and Moon landers out of materials you have at home.
Lunar and Planetary Institute provides programs, workshops, field trips, and products available in a searchable directory which include activities, exhibits, spectrometers, PowerPoints, recommended websites, and more.
Planet Sizes allows students examine the relative sizes of the planets using fruits and vegetables to represent the different planets, draw the solar system, and review some key facts. Then they examine cutouts of the planets, identify each one, and place them in the correct sequence.
Planet Distances allows students consider the most appropriate scale to use for a model of planetary distances. Students then go outside and place the “planets” in their respective orbits. Once all markers are placed, Students walk through the model, stopping at each marker to discuss the planet.
Solar System on a Map allows students apply their understanding of distance and use a map of their area to plot the scaled locations of the planets relative to their home.
Time Lineup: Evolution of Our Solar System allows students ages 12–17 work in groups or as a class to determine the order of events that formed our solar system. This is an excellent activity to begin discussion of events that shaped the solar system and how Earth's geosphere and biosphere have changed — in an interrelated manner — through time.
Background on Our Solar System is information on the formation and members of our Solar System. For teachers and informal educators, this information would also be appropriate for students grades 7 and up.
The Solar System in 3-D is a s study of geology, atmospheres, and other structures using stereo imagery of the planets, their satellites, and the Sun. Images can be downloaded and used for free for educational purposes; also available as a slide set, which includes a pair of 3-D glasses. Images are accompanied by detailed information written at a high school to college level. 40 images.
A Spacecraft Tour of the Solar System, third edition is a view of the principal distinctive features of each planet and its natural satellites. This is the third edition, revised in 2002. Images can be downloaded and used for free for educational purposes; also available as a slide set. Images are accompanied by detailed information written at a high school to college level. 40 images.
Solar System Image Galleries is a list of all of the image sets available from the Lunar and Planetary Institute; each set contains downloadable images; sets are also available for purchase as slide sets.