Education and Public Outreach Activities at the HEASARC
The HEASARC provides a number of facilities for students, educators, and
the general public to learn more about the universe. The general public
and students from elementary school to college age will find informative
material on topics ranging from the solar system to black holes to distant
galaxies. Education materials for teachers
include activities and lesson
plans which use concepts and data from high energy astrophysics in
interdisciplinary lessons appropriate for math and science classes.
Scientists will also find materials and images for their use in
presentations before a variety of audiences.
Links below will take you to pages discussing a wide variety of
astronomy topics. Mission Learning Centers, listed to the right, will take
you to pages with information and education resources focused on a
particular high energy astrophysics mission.
Main Education Sites
- Imagine! Ages 14 - adult, with a special area for educators.
Our Universe... what we know about it, how it is evolving, and the kinds
of objects and phenomena it contains. Also, how scientists know what we know, what mysteries remain, and how we might one day find
the answers to these questions.
- StarChild Level 1: Ages 6-10, Level 2: Ages 10-14.
Information and activities about The Solar System, The Universe, Space Stuff,
and a Glossary.
- Cosmicopia High school and above
Information about cosmic rays, the sun and space weather.
- WebStars All ages
This list of astronomical resource sites is
intended for users who may have only a general interest in astronomical
- Ask an Astrophysicist All ages
Have a question? Read the archive available at this site, and feel free
to ask your own question.
- Cosmic Distances All ages
How big is our universe? Discover the cosmic distances separating
us from the nearest stars to the furthest galaxies.
- APOD All ages
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or
photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief
explanation written by a professional astronomer.
- HEAPOW All ages
Each week the HEASARC scours the archive of X-ray
and Gamma Ray observations to bring you new, exciting and beautiful
- Image Archive Advanced high school and above
These pages diplay and discuss the many
objects we see in our universe. The emphasis is on high energy
astrophysics data. There are also images and information
from past and current high-energy astrophysics missions.
- Video Archive All ages
Educational and historical videos, as well
as videos about specific missions.
|Resources by Audience|
- Astronomy for Kids
- StarChild: fun reading and activities for grades K-4 and 5-8
- Astronomy for Students
- A list of the many sites we have for students doing research projects and for those
interested in reading further about general and high-energy astronomy. Includes image
and video archives.
- Teacher Resources
- On-line and print resources for teachers, including lesson plans, classroom activities,
images, and background material.
- Resources for Scientists
- Presentations, images, useful links.