Lunar and Planetary Institute

Education and Public Outreach

Stars and Galaxies Workshop

Discover how astronomers study the stars, nebulae, and galaxies that make up the Universe!  Create classification diagrams, explore the properties of light, and model the scale of our Galaxy through a variety of hands-on activities. 

Preliminary Concepts
One of the fundamental misconceptions that needs to be addressed is that the Solar System is the same as our galaxy, or as our universe. 

Discuss our place in the universe

Examining Scale and Distance

Discussion of the components of our Universe

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Classifying Stars

Characteristics of Galaxies

The Universe’s Expansion