IYA Resources

NASA missions and programs continue to develop a growing collection of standards-based education products, dynamic multimedia resources, and networks of people and partners to share the universe with students, educators, and the public. 2009 will be no exception!

Use the following resources that feature NASA's space science research in your IYA2009 activities:

Education Resources – Inspire with space science activities, materials and educational tools.


» GEMS Space Science Sequence: NASA and the Lawrence Hall of Science developed the Space Science Sequence to provide teachers of grades 3-5 and 6-8 with an excellent, coherent, standards-based, supplementary space science curriculum. The Space Science Sequence includes inquiry-based activities, student discourse, supportive readings, CD-ROM extension activities and images, and a well-crafted assessment system. Units can be taught either across the grades, or within one grade -- either as a sequence, or as individual units.

» Space Science Education Resource Directory: The Space Science Education Resource Directory contains a wealth of NASA space science products available in electronic format for use in classrooms, science centers, museums, and other settings.

» Amazing Space: Amazing Space incorporates Hubble Space Telescope discoveries into accurate, classroom-friendly curriculum support tools that adhere to national education standards. Use “Telescopes from the Ground Up” to explore the history of the telescope from Galileo to today.

» Active Astronomy: We study distant celestial objects by analyzing the light that they emit. Use these standards-based, hands-on activities and demonstrations to convey key concepts about visible and "invisible" forms of light.

» Epo’s Chronicles: Take a journey with a sentient spaceship, Epo and its companion, Alkina as they travel through space trying to determine their origins and learn about the universe in which they live. There will be a special episode every month in 2009 for each of the IYA objects. Also available in French, Italian, and Spanish.

» How big is our universe?: We now know that our own Milky Way is one of billions of galaxies that populate the universe, but how do astronomers figure out how far things are in space? Use this step by step guide to find out!

» Kepler: Kepler is NASA's first mission capable of finding Earth-size planets around other stars. Find a large range of activities that describe the Kepler mission and how it plans to detect planets around other stars.

» MicroObservatory: MicroObservatory is a network of robotic telescopes that YOU control! With just a web browser and an email address, you can repeat the observations made by Galileo, and have your own astronomical images emailed to you within 48 hours absolutely free!

» Modeling the Universe: These resources are designed to help students and educators explore the size and scale of the universe, and the nature of models, evidence, and explanation in science.


Multimedia Resources – Explore interactive science features, games and podcasts.


SETI iconSpace Weather Media Viewer: The Space Weather Viewer allows visitors to pan and zoom near real-time NASA solar and terrestrial images and data. This unique online exhibit also contains broadcast quality video clips of visualizations and interviews with scientists; complete with onscreen captioning. Many of the images and video clips can be downloaded locally. (Requires Flash Player)


Sun-Earth Day Vodcasts: Sun-Earth Day is comprised of a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year culminating with a celebration on or near the Spring Equinox. Enjoy this growing series of NEW Sun-Earth Day video podcasts (Vodcasts)! Each new episode opens with a brief Sun-Earth Day welcome followed by an extraordinary video from NASA’s space weather community, and closes with a message for those interested in learning more about the featured satellite mission and related educational resources.


SETI iconAre We Alone? Especially for IYA2009, NASA will be sponsoring a series of radio programs and podcasts around the topic "Are We Alone?" hosted by Dr. Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute. These programs will highlight the exciting NASA research that builds on Galileo's legacy of observation and discovery, including the 2009 launch of the extra-solar planet-hunting Kepler mission.


Sky spy safari iconSky-Spy-Safari: A working Planisphere that explores celestial objects, and how NASA telescopes work. (Flash required)


Science @ NASA Feature Stories Podcast: Helping the public understand how exciting NASA research is and to help NASA scientists fulfill their outreach responsibilities.


This Week @ NASA Audio Podcasts: The latest mission news, features and the This Week @NASA report.


NASA's Latest Interactive Features: Games and interactives of NASA's many programs and projects.


People & Partners – Join with others in celebrating IYA.


» Night Sky Network: The Night Sky Network is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs that bring the wonders of the universe to the public through a variety of activities. Special Night Sky Network IYA Discovery Guides contain educational activities and observing tips to accompany NASA’s Hot Topics and Go Observe! features.

» Museum Alliance: NASA’s Museum Alliance provides professional development and access to resources designed to help informal science education organizations nationwide share NASA discoveries with their audiences.

» Solar System Ambassadors: NASA Solar System Ambassadors are specially trained volunteers who share information about NASA Earth and space missions with members of their local communities.

» Student Ambassadors: The NASA International Year of Astronomy Student Ambassadors Program is designed to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to participate in NASA's IYA activities and to help generate excitement about NASA scientific discoveries in astrophysics, planetary science and solar physics within their local communities and beyond.

» IYA Discussion Boards: The U.S. IYA team maintains links to online discussion boards where you can share your plans and learn from others. Topics include local, regional, national, and international activities. (Hosted by Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews.)


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A composite image of spiral galaxy M106 is constructed with an optical image shown in yellow, an infrared image colored red, a radio image colored purple and an X-ray image colored blue.