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Strategy Share: Bring Space Exploration to Your Classroom for #WorldSpaceWeek

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from our community of educators. This post was written by educator Kimi Waite. In December 2017, I was looking out the window up at the night sky while I was on the airport shuttle to Los Angeles International Airport when something strange suddenly caught my eye. I saw a bright glowing light, and then suddenly … Continue reading Strategy Share: Bring Space Exploration to Your Classroom for #WorldSpaceWeek

Oldest Igneous Meteorite May Reveal Secrets of Our Early Solar System

SCIENCE A 4.565-billion-year-old space rock hints at the way Earth and other rocky planets took shape. (Phys.org) What is a meteorite? Use our introductory reference to learn more. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas NWA 11119 is the oldest igneous meteorite yet dated. What does NWA stand for? Northwest Africa. The space rock was discovered … Continue reading Oldest Igneous Meteorite May Reveal Secrets of Our Early Solar System

Diamonds from Space Hint at a Long-Lost Planet

SCIENCE A gem-studded meteorite that fell in Sudan offers clues about the protoplanets that likely existed in our solar system’s violent past. (National Geographic) What are meteorites? Use our resource to learn more. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Ten years ago, amateur and professional astronomers tracked a meteoroid headed to Earth. Then, they tracked … Continue reading Diamonds from Space Hint at a Long-Lost Planet

Supernova Spotting is for Amateurs

SCIENCE With a simple telescope and camera, a citizen scientist has helped professional astronomers witness the never-before-seen beginnings of a star’s explosive death. (Scientific American) Learn more about supernova baby pictures with our Q&A resource. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research describes the “shock breakout phase” of a supernova. What is a supernova? … Continue reading Supernova Spotting is for Amateurs