Nasa Wavelength

Big Sun, Small Moon?

If you’ve ever seen a picture of a solar eclipse, you may have noticed that the Moon comes very close to covering the entire Sun. Learners will use a coin and a plate to investigate why the Sun and Moon look like they’re the same size, though the Sun is much bigger.

Investigating Magnetic Storms

This is a lesson to introduce the Kp index, a common numerical indicator of magnetic storminess. Learners will access and analyze Kp index plots of magnetic storm strength and determine the relative frequency of stronger versus weaker magnetic storms.

Earth Exploration Toolbook: Investigating the Precipitation-Streamflow Relationships

This activity prepares the student to launch an investigation of the relationship between precipitation and Streamflow for a local watershed. It can enrich a study of the water cycle.

Blind Mice

This is a lesson about solar system exploration. Learners will understand that combining information gathered by a variety of robots gives us a more comprehensive understanding of our solar system.

Star Witness News: Icy Visitor Makes First Appearance to Inner Solar System

This science news story highlights Comet ISON's travels through our region of the solar system. Star Witness News is a series of articles, written for students, that are inspired by Hubble Space Telescope press releases.

Pathway to Discovery

This interactive, online module allows learners to study the history of the discovery of black holes. Learners may work independently or in small groups to complete the activity. By completing this activity students learn the history of the discovery of black holes.

Where Do They Come From? Crater Hunters

This is a lesson about locating impact craters on Earth using longitude, latitude, and maps.

MY NASA DATA: Sea Surface Temperature Trends of the Gulf Stream

In this lesson, students investigate and analyze the connection between sea surface temperatures and the flow pattern of the Gulf Stream current. Students will generate an Excel file of sea surface temperatures for the Gulf Stream region from data stored on the Live Access Server.

Magnify That

Students will learn about magnification and how a magnifying lens works. They will examine a variety of different objects, first without a magnifier and then with a magnifier, and compare what they observe. They will practice observing details of these objects with a magnifying lens.

Exploring in 3D: Make your own 3D glasses

In this lesson, learners will construct their own 3-D glasses in order to use them on 3-D images, such as images of the Sun from the STEREO spacecraft.

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