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 topics.
  • 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 images.
  • 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.
Mission Learning Centers
Other Astronomy Resources

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