Astronomy Links For Teachers


Arranged in alphabetical order.

Planet Earth

  • Discovery Education Lesson Plans Library for Astronomy (NEW) - Lesson plans and activities for grades K-12. Also available for a wide range of other topics.
  • Earth and Moon Viewer - See real time satellite pictures of the earth and moon showing day and night regions, or view the Earth from the sun, the moon, above any location on the planet specified by long/lat and altitude. Same for the moon.
  • Earth Observing System Project Science Office - A site provides an overview with a broad sampling of images from various NASA programs as well as images/video and detailed pages, intended for the research community and advanced user.  Check out the Educational Button which contains free materials.
  • Third from the Sun - A self-guided lesson for 4th to 8th graders on Earth imaging and image interpretation skills. Students learn about the history of Earth imaging and the Landsat satellite program.


  • Evolution of the Spacesuit (NEW) - A fun picture tour of the spacesuit through the ages.
  • Hubble Photographs - Has links available that provide educational resources related to the Hubble Space Telescope as well as lesson plans and activities for Astronomy, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Life Sciences, Physical Science, and Physics.
  • Measuring Distance and Area in Satellite Images - Earth Exploration Tookbook, SERC, this Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter describes how to set a scale and make measurements from digital satellite images. Users analyze NASA images of the Aral Sea, making distance and area measurements to characterize changes in the size of this freshwater lake over time.
  • NASA - An abundance of earth and planetary science information from the folks at NASA. Links with free materials, lesson plans, activities, etc.
  • NASA's Planetary Photo Journal - The site is designed to provide you with easy access to the publicly released images from various Solar System exploration programs. The system database is currently populated with approximately 2780 images; more are being added every day.
  • NSTA Web Seminars On MARS, by NASA/NSTA - During February and March 2007, NASA JPL and NSTA offered a series of free Web seminars for 5-12 science educators on the topic of Mars Exploration.
  • Space Science Resource Directory - The Space Science Resource Directory is a convenient way to find NASA space science products for use in classrooms, science museums, planetariums, and other settings.

(The) Nine Planets

  • A Guide to Our Solar System- Jen Goethals Online University
  • Cassini - Neat stuff about the Cassini mission to explore Saturn. Live footage, short video clips, and info on all aspects of the mission.
  • Exploring Planets in the Classroom - Exercises for grades 6-10 from the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium.
  • A Journey Through Our Solar System - Explores the components of our solar System regarding planets, constellations, and sky wonders.
  • Galileo - Page devoted to the Galileo exploration of Jupiter. Facts, flyby's and general info about Jupiter.
  • Lunar and Planetary Institute Slide Sets - Images of terrestrial and non-terrestrial geologic features.  From the Universities Space Research Program.
  • MARS Exploration: MARS For Educators - Find eleven activities focusing on the Red Planet.
  • Mars Pathfinder - Mars science and photos. Also contains an educational button with student project ideas, teacher activities and opportunities to link with other classrooms from around the country.
  • National Geographic - Our Cosmic Neighborhood.
  • (The) Nine Planets - An overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each planet and all of their moons. Each page has text and images, some have sound and movies, and most provide references to additional resources.

Other (Aliens, EUVE, NEAR, Solar Eclipses)