LINKS

Dawn Education Activities

Web Sites

Activity Resources

http://www.figurethis.org/challenges/c61/challenge.htm
This activity asks students to determine if the Statue of Liberty's nose is out of proportion to her body size. The activity, from the Figure This! list of 80 math challenges, illustrates how to use similarity and scaling to design HO gauge model train layouts and analyze the size of characters in Gulliver's Travels.

http://www.genesismission.org/educate/scimodule/DestinationL1/DL1_PDFs/3_science/TGkeplerslaws2.pdf
Teacher guide with science activities on Keplerís laws of planetary motion from the Genesis module Destination L1.


Resources about Asteroids

http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/info/OldDesDoc.html
Asteroid nomenclature history

http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/lists/MPDiscsAlpha.html
An alphabetized list of their discoverers and the total number of asteroids each of them discovered

http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/images/vesta.html
Hubble Space Telescope and Keck images of Vesta

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/factsheet/asteroidfact.html
Asteroid Fact Sheet

http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/?sb_elem
A source for finding absolute magnitudes of asteroids

http://www.astro.uu.se/planet/asteroid/shapes/
Interactive showing examples of irregular-shaped asteriods in 3-D.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/solar_system/features/ceres.html
Texas-Sized Space Rock (Ceres)

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/
Smithsonian Education


Resources about Brightness and Albedo

For information about the history of the brightness scale:
http://www.astro-tom.com/technical_data/magnitude_scale.htm

http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~teacha/130_manual/node30.htm

http://www.geocities.com/catskills_astronomy_club/darksky.htm
Why dark nights are best for viewing celestial objects

http://www.geocities.com/zlipanov/asteroid_intro/asteroid_intro.html
Excellent source of information regarding size and albedo of asteroids

http://www.solarviews.com/eng/asteroid.htm
This site has some albedo and size data for selected asteroids


Resources about Communication

http://deepimpact.jpl.nasa.gov/high_power/pdf/STCommQuesListen.pdf
Decision Making: Communicating, Questioning, and Listening, a student text available through NASAís Deep Impact mission, offers some helpful guidelines for public speaking


Resources about Dwarf Planets

http://nineplanets.org
Information about the solar system

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5631291
Dwarf Planets May Finally Get Respect David Kestenbaum, National Public Radio IAU 0603, August 24, 2006

http://www.iau.org/iau0603.414.0.html
New York Times Aug. 27, 2007 to September 15, 2007

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/dwarfplanet/index.html
NASA Image Exchange

http://nix.nasa.gov/
The NASA Image eXchange (NIX) is a web-based search engine for searching one or more of NASA's online multimedia collections. Searching is performed using keywords. NIX returns thumbnail sized images, textual descriptions, image numbers, links to higher resolution images, and links to the organization that stores each image.

http://www.plutotoday.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=20725
Planetary Scientists and Astronomers Oppose New Planet Definition
August 31, 2006

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_planet
Wikipedia - Contains a list of dwarf planets and other candidates. This site also has references to other news articles on the subject, as well as discussion. It should not necessarily be construed as fact. Not all of the information on the topic has appeared in peer reviewed astronomical journals. Peer review is a necessary but not sufficient condition for factual information.

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/hilton/AsteroidHistory/minorplanets.html
When did the asteroids become minor planets?


Resources about Early Astronomers

http://www.astropa.unipa.it/versione_inglese/Hystory/BODE'S_LAW.htm
Bodeís Law and the Discovery of Ceres

http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Biographies/Science/Copernicus.htm
Biography of Nicolas Copernicus

http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/
A useful resource for biographical and historical information. After accessing the site, click on the Astronomy link. Then type in a scientistís name. The biography contains links to relevant historical information.

http://www.historychannel.com/
HistoryChannel.Com


Resources about Early Photographic Techniques

http://www.astro.virginia.edu/~afs5z/photography.html
Information about early photographic techniques


Resources about Ion Propulsion

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/ion/index.html
Ion Propulsion from Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field

http://www.lerc.nasa.gov/WWW/RT1995/5000/5330h.htm
NSTAR (NASA Solar Electric Propulsion Technology Application Readiness) Program

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2000/ast17aug_1.htm
The Indefatigable Ions of Deep Space 1

http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/ds1fact2.shtml
Space Place with Dr. Marc

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast19sep_1.htm

http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/ds1/
Deep Space 1

http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/ds1/tech/ionpropfaq.html
Frequently Asked Questions About Ion Propulsion

http://science.nasa.gov/newhome/headlines/prop06apr99_2.htm
Ion Propulsion: Over 50 Years in the Making

http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov/news/display.cfm?News_ID=5692
Ion Engine: No Tuneups, No Problems


Resources about Missions to Asteroids

http://www.muses-c.isas.ac.jp/
Missions to Asteroids: MUSES-C

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov
Missions to Asteroids: Dawn

http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/asteroids-all.cfm
Missions to Asteroids: Galileo

http://near.jhuapl.edu/
Missions to Asteroids: NEAR

http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/ds1/
Missions to Asteroids: Deep Space 1


Resources about Telescopes

http://es.rice.edu/ES/humsoc/Galileo/Things/telescope.html
The Telescope

http://memory.loc.gov/
American Memory (Library of Congress)

http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/billa/psc/hist2.html
Excellent history of early telescope design


Print Resources

Barton, M. & Jordan, D. L (2001). Teaching reading in science: A supplement to Teaching reading in the content areas teacher's manual (2nd edition). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Billmeyer, R. & Barton, M.L. (1998). Teaching reading in the content area: If not me, then who? Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory.

Cousins, F.W. (1972). The solar system. New York, NY: Pica Press.

Doty, J. K., Cameron, G. N., & Barton, M. L. (2003). Teaching reading in social studies: A supplement to the Second Edition of Teaching Reading in the Content Areas Teacher's Manual. Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.
Jones, J.C. (2001). Story Mapping History Frame. Retrieved from readingquest.org.

Grunn, B. (1991). The timetable of history Ė A horizontal linkage of people and events. Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Learner, R. (1981). Astronomy through the telescope. Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Marzano, Robert J. (2000). Transforming classroom grading. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

McSween, H.Y. (1999). Meteorites and their parent planets. Cambridge; NY: Cambridge University Press.

Peebles, C. (2000). Asteroids: A history. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Roth, G.D. (1962). The system of minor planet. Princeton, NJ: Company Inc.

Schorn, R.A. (1988). Planetary astronomy. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press.

Stuhlinger, E. & Ordway, F. (1994). Wernher von Braun, crusader for space: A  Biographical Memoir. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Company.