Sky&Telescope offers an easy-to-access interactive sky chart giving viewers a customized view of the sky for any location on Earth, on any date, at any time. The galaxies link provides viewers with information about Milky Way — and other galaxy – viewing.There are several other useful links including astronomy basics, visual observing, using telescopes and binoculars, and resources such as software, sky calendars, maps, and Sky&Telescope’s magazine for beginners.
NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute has collected a galactic treasure trove for teachers and students of all ages. The resources at this site include Hubble images, numerous galaxy activities, scientific background, lesson plans, national standards, classroom activities, interactive galaxy games for kids, and lists of other resources such as books, videos, and Web sites. There’s something here for all ages!
From the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Mulitwavelength Milky Way presents a different way of visualizing our galaxy along with an explanation of why this has proven to be a useful tool for astronomers. Maps, photos, lesson plans, and links to other useful sites are also provided for educators as well as children ages 14–18.
NASA’s Imagine the Universe! site offers “The Hidden Life of Galaxies” for educators and children ages 12–18, in which astronomers provide a myriad of information on everything from the structure and evolution of galaxies, to how they are named, to weighing a galaxy. Connections to National Science Education Standards are included.
Journey through the cosmos with National Geographic Online. View the Milky Way and other galaxies using a star chart that incorporates overlays of Hubble Space Telescope images, or plot your own course through the cosmos. Viewers ages 12 and up will receive a narrative on each deep-sky object by clicking on the Hubble overlay.
Enchanted Learning’s Zoom Astronomy (select galaxy or Milky Way) offers ages 11–17 a half- to one-page explanation with accompanying images of each type of galaxy, along with information about our local group and galaxy clusters. A galaxy activity is also provided for younger learners, ages 5–10, and all materials are presented in a user-friendly, easy-to-understand format.
Viewers of all ages will discover interesting space photos; ages 12 and up will learn fascinating facts about the different Milky Way images displayed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s The Universe in the Classroom takes children on a “tour of the Milky Way” through images and Web pages of selected sites. Children begin with Earth and work their way to the edges of our solar system, stopping to learn about the planets and their moons, and then continue to explore stars and nebula beyond.
A myriad of information on galaxies and deep space is available from this Hubble site compilation of over 100 articles highlighting the spectacular discoveries and images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Appropriate for ages 11 and up.
This thorough, comprehensive galaxy site from the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space offers overviews and images of several types of galaxies, along with a multitude of links to everything from basic terminology to images, to the catalog of Messier objects. It is geared for ages 15 and up.
On its Web site, the Earth&Sky radio series features both the narrative and audio versions of all their award-winning 90-second radio broadcasts, including more than 30 on galaxy-related topics for general audiences. There are several other points of interest for ages 7–15 such as contests, activities, discussion groups, and a plethora of fun facts and information. Earth & Sky also provides tips for educators on ways to use the shows and transcripts to spark students’ interest in science. Simply type in “galaxies” in the search box to the left of the screen to access the information.
The Structure and Evolution of the Universe Forum, sponsored by NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, offers information on the latest mission and research findings about our universe — from black holes to gravity fields, to when it all started. The site shares a variety of activities, images, projects, and links to facilitate learning at all levels. Take a tour through our universe at Universe Forum.
Windows to the Universe targets children of all ages, offering three educational levels on a large selection of space topics. Information about galaxies is presented in a concise, kid-friendly format with stunning Hubble images and links to important terms and other galaxy-related topics.
The Galaxy Catalogue from Princeton presents a spectacular display of 113 galaxies both individually and in an image collage, along with brief information about each. Images may be enjoyed by all ages. Text is more appropriate for amateur astronomers.
Take a star-studded tour of the Milky Way and beyond with Discovery School. Short overviews of several galaxies, along with images, are intended for ages 10–18.