Jets Observing The Skys
Astronomy is a topic that is covered in most science classes and over many grade levels. Since it can be a hard subject with many different concepts and things to learn, there are many resources available to help students of all ages understand more about astronomy. Whether you’re learning about stars, planets, or deep space, astronomy can be a fun and interesting subject and the Internet is a great resource to map the stars, find pictures of planets, play space games, and even chat with a real astronaut.
Have fun creating a paper star finder to locate constellations in the night sky! Simply print out the template, fold along the lines and start looking at the stars.
The Chabot Space & Science Center’s website has a fun Lunar Lander game in which players need to land the spacecraft safely on the moon’s surface.
The Lunar Phase Simulator will help answer any questions about the relationship between the moon and Earth. Simply press play and watch how the moon orbits the Earth every month.
Put your knowledge of the Solar System to the test! Planets for Kids hosts a quiz about each of the planets so it can improve anyone’s planetary knowledge.
This interactive game was created by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Players must answer the trivia questions about the Solar System and its planets. The questions get harder as the game progresses. If players aren’t able to find the answer the question, a small icon will allow them to search the web in order to find the answer.
Ever wondered what it was like to be a real astronomer? Thanks to the European Space Agency’s website, kids can play a game where they will need to find asteroids that fly through space.
Kids can test their knowledge of the Solar System and its components in this quiz hosted by the Hubble Site. After each question is answered correctly, players will advance to the next planet for a fun filled ride across the galaxy.
This interactive game helps players learn about how the sun, moon and Earth move in relation to each other. Players are asked to predict how long it takes the Earth to orbit the Sun and how long it takes the moon to orbit the Earth.
Make a Moon Watch flip book to see the different phases of the moon. Simply print out the template, observe the moon each night and draw what the moon looks like. When all the pages are complete, staple it together and quickly flip the pages to see the moon in motion.
The whole family can participate in this fun experiment that allows young astronomers to see how the sun moves every day. All that is needed is a wooden stick, a piece of cardboard and some glue. Mark the shadow that the noonday sun produces each day and over time a shape will form that describes the sun’s motion.
This comprehensive constellation guide is a stargazer’s dream! 23 of the most common constellations are listed along with more information about each.
Selene is an interactive game where players are asked to build their own moon. Players can add craters and lava while still learning about the geological process of space.
One of the main features of the Space Telescope Science Institute’s site is Capture the Cosmos, which gives detailed information on several space topics along with pictures, activities and answers to difficult questions.
Explore the universe with this interactive map of the Solar System. To learn more information about each planet, simply click on the picture.
Star child is full of space facts, games, videos and tips on how to become an astronaut. The site is available in 5 different languages.
This interactive game teaches kids what it would be like to live in space. A field guide to the universe is included and kids can learn about astronomers, both past and present, as well as gain more knowledge about different types of space crafts.
Ever wanted to design or build a satellite? Thanks to EduWeb’s interactive learning game, anyone can do just that. The challenge of the game is to get a satellite into orbit and find a way for it to create its own power.
Create your own Solar System in this interactive astronomy game. But be careful when selecting the planet’s position so that they will orbit each other without colliding! Kids will learn about how planets move and how their size affects their speed.
Experience what it was like to observe space in the time of Galileo. Click on different parts of Galileo’s lab to see the night sky as he saw it. Players can even have a look at Galileo’s actual observations!
PBS Kids has created kid-friendly experiments that can be used as science fair projects or done just for fun. Down to the Core uses potato slices and a straw to demonstrate just how space rovers take samples from other planets.
Blast Off!: Activity Page
This activity page helps strengthen astronomy related vocabulary words. A one letter hint is already included in each answer blank.
This Flash game will help kids understand how the universe formed. Players can go backward and forward in time to see the formation of the universe. Clicking on each event will reveal detailed information about the Big Bang Theory.
Kids can build their own star via Planet Seed in this interactive educational game. Players are able to select the mass and metal components of the star and see how the life of the star they just created will play out.
This popular game has been given a scientific edge! Drag and drop the planets so that every row, column and box is filled with all 8 planets and 1 dwarf planet.
Kids can learn detailed information about comets and the myths associated with them. The animation will keep their interest and help them learn at the same time.
Ever wonder how weight changes due to gravity? This site, hosted by the Exploratorium, allows users to put in their Earth weight and will automatically calculate the weight on other planets. A brief description of the difference between weight and mass and the effects of gravity can be found down the page.
This free sky map allows anyone to see where the constellations are located on any month of the year. Simply input the current month and the map will update itself. Print the map, take it outside and start observing!
This game helps kids understand what slope streaks are and how they are formed. The object of the game is to find new streaks and match them to existing ones.
In this game, players must navigate photons out from the center the sun and beat the record time of hundreds of thousands of light years.
Creating a telescope doesn’t have to be hard. This easy to follow experiment only requires a few materials and a little time.