Play

 

The Space Place has games, puzzles, stuff to make, amazing facts, and lots more. The Space Place supports educational outreach of the River Bend Astronomy Club.

Primary grades will enjoy testing their knowledge of the planets with the Solar System Trading Card Game.

Mars Fun Zone, Elmo visits NASA, and Buzz Lightyear Returns from Space are at NASA Kids Club

Games such as Planet Families, The Great Escape, and Magneto-Golf can be found at Space Science Institute.

The Space Hopper Game tests your knowledge of the constellations by giving you some background and a photo of the constellation.

 

Explore

 

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.  It includes many features such as background information on constellations from many different cultures.

The Evening Sky Map is a 2-page monthly guide to the night skies of the world and includes a detailed sky map, a monthly sky calendar, and a descriptive list of the best objects to see with binoculars, a telescope, or using just your eyes.

Solar System Live, an interactive orrery for the Web, lets you view the solar system in a variety of ways for any date between 4713 B.C. and A.D. 8000.   

The Heavens Above website provides information on planet positions, location of satellites, sky charts, constellation maps with star information, spacecraft escaping the solar system and more.

With the Solar System Simulator the current location of planets, comets, as well as NASA missions can be viewed from a variety of locations in space. 

In Eyes on the Earth you will fly along with NASA satellites investigating Earth’s vital signs.  Eyes on the Solar System allows you to control space and time as you journey through the solar system, and Eyes on the Exoplanets lets you discover and explore planets in the universe beyond.  For these activities, go to Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s website.

 

Learn

The GLOBE at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations from a computer or smart phone.

NASA Education for Students  has feature articles, information on education programs and internships, fellowships, scholarships, and ambassador opportunities. 

The Mythology of the Constellations provides a brief background of the Greek and Roman myths associated with the major constellations. 

Spaceweather’s website provides information on solar flares, sunspots, near-earth asteroids, fireballs, and galleries of realtime aurora and comet photos.

Link to astronomy and science news stories for kids Posted here on the RBAC website