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I have just begun to add sites to this page so please be patient. Eventually there will be sections on animals, astronomy, biology, chemistry, energy, human body, misc. science (anything I could not fit easily into another category), physics, weather and science fair.


Astronomy


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Stellarium

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
http://stellarium.sourceforge.net/


AstroViewer

Find planets and constellations in the night sky
Interactive night sky map
AstroViewer is an interactive sky map that helps you to find your way in the night sky quickly and easily.
Just set your location and time and start exploring the starry sky, find planets and constellations, and much more.
Try the interactive sky map online for free.
Or download the sky map and install it on your computer.
http://www.astroviewer.com/index.html


World Wide Telescope

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Immerse yourself in a seamless beautiful environment. WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.
A web-based version of WorldWide Telescope is also now available. This version enables seamless, guided explorations of the universe from within a web browser on PC and Intel Mac OS X by using the power of Microsoft Silverlight 3.0.
http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Home.aspx


Google Sky

Traveling to the stars has never been easier
To help you explore the far reaches of our universe, we have teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you a new view of the sky. Using Google Maps this tool provides an exciting way to browse and explore the universe. You can find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and even watching the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.
We are particularly excited about the ability to view the universe at different wavelengths, to see how it would look if our eyes worked in the x-rays or infrared. As you explore these new layers, play with the transparency to blend between the different wavelengths and see how different parts of the universe light up at different wavelengths
http://www.google.com/sky/


Celestia

Welcome to Celestia
... The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.
Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.
http://www.shatters.net/celestia/


National Geographic Solar System

From our small world we have gazed upon the cosmic ocean for thousands of years. Ancient astronomers observed points of light that appeared to move among the stars. They called these objects "planets," meaning wanderers, and named them after Roman deities—Jupiter, king of the gods; Mars, the god of war; Mercury, messenger of the gods; Venus, the goddes of love and beauty, and Saturn, father of Jupiter and god of agriculture. The stargazers also observed comets with sparkling tails, and meteors or shooting stars apparently falling from the sky.
http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system


History Channel- The Interactive Universe

Take a journey through the vastness of time and space, where you will experience spectacular scenery as you learn the facts about red-hot planets, distant galaxies, dying stars and killer asteroids.
http://www.history.com/shows/the-universe/interactives/interactive-universe


American Museum of Natural History

What celestial objects lie beyond Earth's atmosphere? What are they made of, how did they form, and how are they evolving?
Links include history, people, tools and methods, expeditions, concepts, universe, galaxies, Milky Way Galaxy, stars, the sun and planets
http://www.amnh.org/education/resources/rfl.php?set=b&topic_id=2&intro=true



Cosmic Zoom

Trying to understand the relative size and structure of things within our universe can be really hard to do. No one has the financial resources or time to take people on a tour of the universe! So how can you figure it out?

Welcome to Cosmic Zoom! Cosmic Zoom is an idea based on the book entitled Powers of Ten by Morrison and Morrison. This visual representation is to help give you an idea of the size and scale of the universe. Each image is 10 times bigger or smaller than the one that comes before it or after it. So let’s look at Cosmic Zoom! Each frame includes a brief description of what the image shows. Hopefully, you will gain an appreciation for just how small we are on our little planet in our little galaxy in this big universe!
http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/labs/cosmic_zoom/index.htm?ASPIRE_Session=eeb460d42ff87a8656a832ca5c9b9074


American Museum of Natural History- Astronomy

From cosmic connections to gravity and the planets, this unit presents an engaging, animated introduction to astronomy and the study of the stars. Students can try a Flash-based planets game, take an interplanetary quiz, and do several other activities. This unit is part of the American Museum of Natural History’s “Ology” series that explores different aspects of the life sciences. (Information taken from Teachers First)
http://www.amnh.org/ology/?channel=astronomy


Stardate Solar System

Our solar system is an oasis of light, warmth, and life. It is home to one star, a handful of planets, more than a hundred moons, millions of rocky asteroids, billions of icy comets -- and all the known life in the universe. And it is a realm that we are still learning about as we begin to explore it in greater detail.
http://stardate.org/astro-guide/ssguide


Interactive Solar System

Learn about the solar system. Click on a rocket to use this interactive animated tutorial to learn facts about the space and the planets. Find information on the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
http://www.apples4theteacher.com/starwarp2.html


Planetary Fact Sheet

This site is pretty plain but is packed with facts and figures.
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/planetfact.html


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Planet Clip Art

Simple web site of the planets. Enough said.
http://geography.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2%2Fsnaught.com%2FJimsCoolIcons%2FPlanets%2F


Solar System Live

Welcome to Solar System Live, the interactive Orrery of the Web. You can view the **entire Solar System**, or just the **inner planets** (through the orbit of Mars). Controls allow you to set time and date, viewpoint, observing location, orbital elements to track an asteroid or comet, and a variety of other parameters. Click on the title of any control to display a help page explaining it, or go directly to the help table of contents. You can compose a request with custom settings and save the results in your browser's hotlist or bookmark table, allowing direct access to Solar System Live with all the controls preset to your own preferences.
To use Solar System Live, you need a graphical Web browser with forms support and the ability to display GIF images.
http://www.fourmilab.ch/solar/solar.html


Planet Scapes

This is the source for 3D planetary modeling containing maps of the solar system and models of various moons and asteroids.There is a fair amount of advertising on this site so parents should keep a close eye on children when they are on this site.
http://www.planetscapes.com/


Star Child

This site is geared towards younger children. It gives lots of information in way that younger children can understand.
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html


Your Weight on On Other Worlds

Ever wonder you might weigh on Mars or The Moon? Here's your chance to find out.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/index


Planet Size Comparison

Use this handy tool to see a visual comparison of each planet. Which one is the largest?
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/messenger/psc/PlanetSize.html


Play Space Games

Solar System Jigsaw, Alien Invaders Game, Interactive Space Map, Fantastic Voyages Quiz and Space Doctor Game.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/playspace/games/jigsaw/jigsaw.shtml







Science Fair


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Kids Science Experiments

Kids Science Experiments and Science Projects are full of fun, easy and exciting hands-on experiments that will help you answer a lot of questions asked by your children. These simple, safe and easy to follow science experiments and science projects can be achieved with everyday materials and recycled items found around your house. Help make learning fun and easy by trying some of these science experiments with your kids. http://www.kids-science-experiments.com/



Easy Kids Science Experiments

Welcome to our fun science projects page. Here you will find simple science projects, easy science experiments, and easy science projects.
All experiments will show you what you need and simple instructions for how to perform the fun science experiments. All are free science experiments for kids and discuss the scientific principles demonstrated by the child science project.

I recommend these printable science project plans for K-12 for hundreds of great project blueprints and this step-by-step guide for doing an award winning science fair project. Also be sure to check out these fun science kits as a fast, simple way to get started on your science experiment.
Below you will see examples of science experiments for kids.
Cool Science Projects
Easy Science Experiments
Easy Science Projects
Fun Science Experiments
Kids Science Projects
Simple Science Projects
Science Experiments Kids

http://www.easy-kids-science-experiments.com/fun-science-projects.html

Science Fair Sanity

Science Fair Sanity is a FREE resource for students, teachers, and science fair coordinators.

Teachers:
  • Find judges to participate in your science fair
  • Find free resources to assist you in developing your science fair
  • Share your science fair ideas and questions with fellow educators
Students:
  • Download free science fair project ideas
  • Download free ideas on how to display your science fair project
  • Find the materials you need to complete your science fair project
http://www.sciencefairsanity.com/


Internet Public Library- Experiments and Science Fair Project Resources

This site provides a good introduction to science fairs to help teachers, students and parents. There are separate sections of information on getting started, choosing a topic, completing the project, displaying the project and the Scientific Method. The section and links on Scientific Method are quite useful, even if your school does not do a science fair.(Information taken from Teachers First)
http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=12&cid=3&tid=4317&parent=4278



Discovery Education- Science Fair Central

What Topic Interests Your Young Scientist Most?

Everything flows from here.
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/

Super Science Fair Projects

WOW! You recently found out that you must do a project and you are responsible for exhibiting it at the science fair.
detective.gifWhat do you feel? Despondent? Enthusiastic? Dreadful? Ecstatic? Fearful? Adventuresome?
Well, whatever you are feeling... panic or joy... I am here to walk you through the maze of science fair projects. Allow me to introduce myself, your buddy Detective ThinkMore - your personal private-eye. I will stick by your side during your entire investigation.

If you are in a panic you can now place those feelings in a box and close the lid. Take out a new attitude box, open the lid and absorb the enthusiasm and excitement. We have pages filled with projects, ideas, experiments and topics.
Are you ready?
http://www.super-science-fair-projects.com/


Education.com Science Fair Ideas

Choose from many individual science fair project ideas below the blue drop-down menu. You can also use the drop-down menu to browse projects by grade and/or specific subject area. To get you started, we have included a sampling of some of our most popular science fair project articles with numerous topics and ideas per article.
http://www.education.com/science-fair/


Science Starter

Find citizen science projects that are available for students. Scientists contribute project ideas. Science teachers register and can sign up for email newsletters describing the projects. Example projects include: EyeWire (participants "reconstruct the tree-like shapes of the neurons in the retina to help the computer develop 3-D reconstructions of the neurons"), WaterIsotopes "(a call for assistance in collecting samples of precipitation - both rain and snow associated with the passage of Hurricane Sandy"), the Baby Laughter Project, and Citizen Weather Watcher Observer Program. Topics range from weather to birds to medicine to sound. Rather than focusing on teachingcontent, the activities focus on using scientific communities to connect and immerse students in the science.
This site includes advertising. (Information taken from Teachers First)
http://www.scistarter.com/