Our Solar System Web Links
Our writers recommended these independent web sites as background information and content supplements for the Our Solar System lessons.
Check out the astronomy area of this American Museum of Natural History site. It’s the usual fun facts but done in an excellent manner.
Offers extensive up-to-date information and pictures of the most current happenings in astronomy.
Each day a different picture from space is shown with an information sheet to go along with it.
This child-friendly NASA site offers an enormous amount of information about astronomy for children to explore independently.
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
Sun’s Daily Pattern
This very easy to navigate website allows users to find sunrise and sunset data. All times are adjusted for local and daylight saving time. The website also includes an AM/PM clock as well as a 24 hour clock. (http://www.sunrisesunset.com/custom_srss_calendar.asp)
Use this site to locate the time zones around the world.
This page shows current areas of the world that are experiencing daytime and nighttime.
Use this site to obtain sunrise and sunset data for one day.
World clock showing the current time in cities around the world.
Sun’s Annual Pattern
This site provides the teacher with additional information about the sun’s apparent movement across the sky during different times of the year.
This site shows the path of the sun’s apparent movement across the sky for different times of the year at different latitudes. Click the corners of the catalogue to change the month. Move the slider on the globe to change latitude.
This user friendly site lists moonrise, moonset, and moon phase data for a specific location. The times are adjusted for local and daylight saving time. Included on this site are both domestic and international data. (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/moonrise.html)
Follow this link to a gallery of NASA photographs of the moon’s surface. Click on the thumbnail image you like most to get a full-screen view of it.
View an illustrated calendar of the moon’s phases for the month and year that you choose. The calendar will show what your class’s moon phase observations should look like.
Offers potpourri of information about the moon and missions to the moon.
Phases of the moon and moon illumination data for any place and year.
Objects in Our Solar System
Details community solar system walks across the country including Peoria, IL; Eugene, OR; Boston, MA; Gainesville, FL; and Washington, D.C.
Details solar system walk in Cleveland, OH.
This Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics site provides current sky information about visible planets and stars. Information is updated daily.
Scroll down to find out when different celestial objects are visible in the night sky.
This National Space Science Data Center site contains detailed images of the planets taken from lunar probes. It also contains fact sheets about each planet.
Stars Outside Our Solar System
Detailed images of star clusters beyond our solar system.
This informational site for teachers provides lots of facts about stars as well as links to other star sites.
Launch the Interactive Star Chart on this site to create star charts for your location and date. Once the star chart is showing, clicking on the “plus” hours will cause the stars and planets to move across the screen. Using the Interactive Star Chart requires registration and login, which is free.