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Website of the Week — Amazing Space


Time again for our Website of the Week, when we showcase interesting and innovative online destinations.

This week, it’s a website that uses images from the Hubble Space Telescope in the service of science education.

EISENHAMER: "Amazing Space is designed to use the imagery and data from the Hubble Space Telescope to bring current science into [kindergarten to 12th grade] classrooms."

Bonnie Eisenhammer heads the formal education department at the Space Telescope Science Institute, creator of the Amazing Space website at amazing-space.stsci.edu. The site is designed for kids, high school age and younger, and includes a host of activities for learning about space, and science in general.

There's a lot to read on the site, but you can also learn using the cool interactive features on Amazing Space....

EISENHAMER: "Where you can actually use Hubble data and imagery in an interactive way. You can shoot a comet at Jupiter to see if you can hit or miss it using all the science concepts that you need to do that. So there's fun in interactive ways to engage in science."

Another feature you might enjoy is the monthly animated guide to the night sky.

Stargazing on a hot August night reveals a multitude of wonders in the southern sky. The center of our Milky Way galaxy lies in the direction of the great constellation Sagittarius, the archer.

Amazing Space also has special resources for teachers who want to bring some of the latest, real-world science into their classroom.

EISENHAMER: "It's current science that, for educators, they'll never see in a textbook for quite a while, if it ever gets there. And it's a way to infuse the system with new thinking, new science that otherwise, they'd have to wait [for]."

The latest astronomy to help teachers and excite students at the Amazing Space website. amazing-space.stsci.edu, or get the link from our site, voanews.com.

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