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Astronomy Resources to help you Keep Looking Up!

Teachers and parents, we are doing online programming!  We can bring the universe to your group.  Request an Online Program

But on your own you can do some stargazing with the help of Skymaps' Star Chart for September 

Attention artists, try NASA's Space Place Art Challenge

For spacey art projects try the Eurekus STEAM and Maker page

NISE has some amazing: Science at Home Projects

Let NASA bring the universe to you with NASA at Home

Mae Among the Stars

Astronomer Dean Regas reads "Mae Among the Stars" the children's book about astronaut Mae Jemison and her journey into space for the Cincinnati Museum Center's project, Story Tree Time.

MOON ACTIVITIES

  • Want to learn more about the Moon?  Download our Moon Scavenger Hunt
  • This Moon Phase activity from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific is one of the best! Cut out six Moon phases and arrange them in the proper order (not as easy as it sounds). Download Images of the Moon
  • This NASA video shows you how to Make a Moon Journal
  • Are Moon phases still confusing?  Want to model Moon phases?  This video shows you how in a clear an accurate way: Moon Phase Demo
  • Test your knowledge of the Moon with our Moon Quiz
  • And probably the best way to understand Moon phases is to make them with Oreos (see Dean's video to the right)

Astronomy and eating cookies: It's a winning combination!

REASONS FOR THE SEASONS

Looking for information about the seasons?  The distance to the Sun is NOT the difference between Summer and Winter.  It's the unique tilt Earth has as it circles the Sun.  This special Star Gazers episode not only shows why we have different seasons, but how James lost all his hair by flying too close to the Sun. 

LEARNING ABOUT THE PLANETS

Cincinnati Observatory Educators, Sam, Nicole, and Natalia take you on a tour of the 8 planets in our solar system.  You can learn a little about each planet and see the difference between the small, rocky, inner planets and the humongous, gassy, outer planets.  Planets are shown to scale: 1 inch = 4000 miles. 

  Solar System Quiz

   Planet Quiz (Easy)        Planet Quiz (Medium)       Planet Quiz (Difficult) 

And you can print out our Planet Passport - Our year-round challenge for you to see and learn about all the planets (and collect stickers).

Check out our latest videos at The Observatory's YouTube Page

3 WAYS TO DIE ON VENUS REAL FAST

Cincinnati Observatory educators, Nicole, Natalia, Sam, and Kelsey take you on an imaginary journey to the planet Venus.  Everyone always talks about going to Mars, why not Venus?  What would it be like to be the first (and possibly last) visitors to our Sister Planet?  Get your space helmets ready - but don't pack your bags.  You'll see why Venus is possibly the worst place you could go.  

Check out our latest videos at The Observatory's YouTube Page

FOLLOW THE SUN

In space, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, keeps an eye on our nearest star 24/7. SDO captures images of the sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material. In this video, we experience SDO images of the sun in unprecedented detail.

ALKA-SELTZER ROCKET

Join our friend James from the Cincinnati Museum Center as he talks about the physics of rocketry and demonstrates how to make and "safely" launch a rocket powered by Alka-Seltzer.  Watch the face!

Spotify

SPOTIFY SPACE PLAYLIST

Looking for the Spaciest Playlist ever?  Our Educator Nicole Capella (yes she has a starry name, even) put her favorites together on Spotify: Sounds From Space 

Which songs are we missing? Send us an email education@cincinnatiobservatory.org