Earth in Space

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National Geographic  - The Solar System
2012 Eclipses 
2012 May 20: Annular Solar Eclipse
2012 Jun 04: Partial Lunar Eclipse
2012 Nov 13: Total Solar Eclipse
2012 Nov 28: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Solar System Puzzle - Can you put it together?

Graphing your Birthday Moon                               Visit these two sites to calculate the phase of the moon on the day you were born.

Phases of the Moon

Starchild- Moonlight Madness : - Moon Phases:

Label The Phases of the MOON:

Kid's Cosmos:

Legg Middle School Planetarium: of phases

Practice Quiz:,sun,moonqu.html

OREO Cookies Phases of the Moon


 Visit this site for information about the Sun-Earth Moon relationship.

Really Big Rover Heads to Mars

Retracing the 2003 flight path of its two remarkable predecessors, Spirit and Opportunity, NASA’s latest Mars rover Curiosity blasted off toward the Red Planet on November 26. As usual, the American space agency has assembled an impressive website to keep everyone up to date on the 8+ month voyage and the anticipated mission of exploration and even an opportunity to take photos of Mars from a satellite.




Scaling the Sun-Earth-Moon System and questions

The Reasons for the Seasons

Summer & Winter Shadows  

3.3 Shadow Questions

Lesson 4 Seasons on Earth - Background

R&R 2-2  The Sun

Earth in Space Scavenger a Hunt

Steering by the Stars

Study Guide - written list of vocabulary terms

Section 2 Phases, Eclipses, and Tides

R&R 1-2  Phases, Eclipses, and Tides

Lunar Phases 5.1 examples

Apollo 11 Lands on the Moon: A NASA Log

Using Eclipses To Study Solar Wind


Two Glossaries









Research Project ~ Resources 

Amazing Space

Astronomy & Space

Discovery Channel

Goddard Space Flight Center


Kennedy Space Center


Lunar & Planetary Institute


NASA Data Center

NASA History

NASA Kids Club

NASA Photo Gallery

NASA Solar System Simulator

National Geographic

Sky & Telescope Magazine

Smithsonian National

Solar Max


Space Science & Astronomy

The Nine Planets

Welcome to the Planets

Woodland Junior High

Earth in Space Research Topics

  1. Write a description of h ow satellites see. Comparing and contrasting three NASA satellites: The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE), The Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Auroras: Paintings in the Sky -  What are they and what are the causes?
  2. Should we be concerned about Solar Max?
  3. Describe the nature of sunspots.
  4. Why was Apollo 11's scientific success a political triumph?
  5. What are the reasons for the seasons?
  6. 7.   How Round is the Sun?
  7. Investigates the seasons, temperatures and clouds on Mars and compare them to Earth.
  8. Is there "ice" on Venus? If so, what KIND of "ice" is it?
  9. Solar wind which takes about 4.5 days to reach Earth?  What is it?
  10. How did America 's first space station, Skylab, change space exploration?  
  11. Does planetary mass affect a moon's orbit?
  12. How does the Sun-Earth-Moon system affect tides? 
  13. What was the goal of the space shuttle Discovery's launch on April 24, 1990? 
  14. Compare and contrast asteroids, comets and meteoroids.
  15. Trace the history and contributions of the Earth System Enterprise ( ESE ).
  16. Investigate solar energy as it affects other planets. 
  17. What was Voyager 1 spacecraft's contribution to science?
  18. Do other planets have seasons?
  19. What types of experiments were conducted by the crew of Apollo 12 and why had they not been completed before that mission?
  20. During eclipses, does poison drop from the sky?
  21. What causes the phases of the moon? 
  22. The Hubble - describe how it operates and what it can do. 
  23. Research cosmic collisions and explain the causes and where they are likely to occur.
  24. What is NGC 6302: The Butterfly Nebula and how do we know about it? 
  25. Why did the Lunar Crater and Observation Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) and its attached Centaur rocket booster crash into the Moon?
  26. Are there really black holes in the universe? Provide scientific data to support your position. 
  27. Women in aeronautics; who are they and what did they do? 
  28. How hot is the Sun? How do scientists know the temperature? 
  29. Study the dynamics of satellite communications and orbital motion around the Earth.