Our Solar System
This poster shows the planets of our Solar System and some of their moons to scale.
It was created by our Summer 2010 Huiana intern from Waiakea High School. Follow
to find the poster (PDF, 44x68, 1.2 MB).
Galileo Teacher Class Website
For the International Year of Astronomy 2009 the JAC's Public Information
Officer taught a college-level astronomy class for K-12 teachers on the Big
Island of Hawai`i. Please visit the
Galileo Teacher Astronomy Class website,
it contains a lot of resources.
The Great Annual Mars Hoax
Every year in late August emails go around telling of a close approach of Mars to Earth, and
of Mars becoming the apparent size of the full Moon. This is not true. While Mars did have its
closest approach to Earth for the next 60,000 years in late August 2003, it never ever came even
close to being the size of the full Moon and never will. To read the whole story please visit the
Mutating Mars Hoax NASA website.
The Great 2012 Scare, and what you can do about it!
There's been a lot of nonsense going around about the supposed end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012
and the corresponding end of the world. This has no basis in fact, so please tell your students and their
parents not to worry about this. To help you with your arguments, here is Your
2012 Defense Kit put together by Sky and Telescope Magazine and distributed by the American Astronomical
Society (and hopefully many other groups).
NASA 2012 Comments
ASP Astronomy Beat
Cornell University Comments
Various Teaching Tools
Galileo Teacher Class
The IYA 2009 Galileo Teacher Class involved many hands-on activities. Please go to the
Galileo Class website
to obtain the information on these activities.
Lunar Impact Exercise
This exercise serves to learn how the craters
on the Moon came to be, and how their appearance
depends on the nature and velocity of the impacting object.
The Solar System Ballett
This exercise serves to learn about the planets, their motions,
their distances and their individual characteristics.
We have a new fun astronomy quiz for astronomers of all ages and levels.
Go to the AstroQuiz Challenge
to find out if you're an apprentice, journeyman, master or wizard.
Asteroid Target Practice
This link has a poster
(PDF, 44x60, 5.7 MB) showing the Sun, planets and several moons.
illustrate how these have been covered with velcro (fuzzy side). Then cover some ping-pong balls with velcro
(sticky side); these are your asteroids. Now have fun bombarding the Solar System
Glorious Galactic Centre
See the Center of our Milky Way
in all its glory, courtesy of the Wide Field Camera of the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope (scroll your mouse back and forth
to zoom in and out).
A large number of science and educational links can be found on our
Resources will be added here as they become available.
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