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Why see a movie this weekend when you can watch the International Space Station? Just cast your gaze upward on a clear night within the next few days and you’ll see it. But wait, you say, the sky is a big place. How am I supposed to see an orbiting hunk of metal floating miles […]

Sometimes I feel bad for NASA. They’ve done so many incredible things — creating and remotely controlling robots to photograph the surface of Mars, conducting research into wild, futuristic things like wingless airplanes, pushing satellite technology to ridiculous new levels. And remember when they put a guy on the moon? But to hear popular culture […]

Sometimes you have to take a step back and look at the big picture to fully appreciate something. When that picture is as big as, say, the solar system, you may need to take more than a few more steps backward. Or you could visit the Solar System Visualizer and see everything on your monitor. […]

Not since Mariner 10 traveled to Mercury back in 1974- 1975 has a spacecraft been sent back. That is, until now. The Mariner’s mission was programmed to pass the planet three times. However, all the images captures were from only one side of the planet. On August 3, 2004 NASA launched its Messenger space craft […]

Captain’s Blog, Stardate 51908.5: We have… encountered strange… applications! Ensign Redshirt has beamed down to the surface to… investigate. Want to get kids interested in space? Here are two sites that should be helpful. SETI@home is a distributed computing effort from University of California, Berkeley. SETI stands for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and is […]

Welcome to the Carnival of Education Career Fair! We’ve retracted the bleachers and set up the booths on the gymnasium floor so these brave teachers can see what they might be doing if they weren’t teaching (perish the thought). Motivational Speaker Mr. D at I Want to Teach Forever agreed to sport a freaking mohawk […]

Want to check out where, exactly, the eagle had landed? From the folks who brought you Google Earth (namely Google) comes Google Moon. Now your students can explore the Sea of Tranquility from their desks. Google Moon works a lot like Google Maps and Google Earth except, you know, on the moon. In addition to […]

Stellarium is an open source desktop planetarium free for the downloading. The program is small and yet the graphics are amazing and realistic, but don’t count on any laser shows like the ones your local planetarium might have to offer. You can use this program to explore individual stars and their distances, as well as […]

Learn the workings of the solar system by building your own. With My Solar System you can see how suns, planets, moons and comets interact. You choose the number and size of heavenly bodies in your solar system. And size matters – make your sun too big, and watch a planet crash into it (which […]

If you’re looking for a way to make the distant abstractions of science more real for your students, consider suggesting they take a look at Comet Holmes. This cosmic traveler burst into our relatively quiet earthly neighborhood with an unexpected brightening on October 24th, and will continue on a curved path through the constellation Perseus […]