Fourier Analysis is a mathematical tool which can do a number of things: separate out signals from noise; help identify patterns or trends in data; filter out all unwanted data and focus on a single signal; use approximations to make generalizations; make approximations of real world signals (think electronic music); combine harmonics to get a stronger signal. That's what I'll be trying to do here!! Won't you join me with your comments?

Friday, August 17, 2007

15 Kid-friendly Space/Astronomy sites

I know, you're probably a wee bit tired of all the space stuff I blog about, but I am passionate about Space/Science/Astronomy/Physics, hence my blog title. So no apologies here, you should have known what you're getting into!! Here are only 15 of my favorite Astronomy/Space sites that are especially kid-friendly. Check 'em out!

1. Solar System Coloring Book This is a 13 page coloring book in PDF format, with pictures and associated information on the Solar System. It covers the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Comets. Learn about the Solar System and color all its planets at the same time. Ages 6 up.

2. Nine (Eight) Planets Solar System Tour A multimedia tour of the Solar System. My favorite place to start with kids in the astronomy classes I teach! Warning, they can spend hours at this site, I know because I have! Ages 8 & up.

3. Astronomy for Kids Not as extensive as #2, but some fun simple explanations. Under the "Your Page" section, kids can email questions that are answered online. Ages 6 & up, but should be able to read.

4. Greatest Photos from Hubble Space Telescope Some fantastic photos!

5. Astronomy Photo of the Day Every day a new picture. Every day something new to marvel at!

6. Kids Astronomy A little bit higher level but has some fun games. Ages 8 & up.

7. NASA's Kid Site Of course NASA also has a special site for kids and it has great activities, games, contests and info about upcoming launches, etc. Great for budding scientists and astronauts! Ages 8 & up.

8. Starchild for Young Astronomers Another NASA sponsored site, with two different levels. Ages 8 & up.

9. Imagine the Universe! A NASA site for older kids. Ages 14 & up.

10. Space Kids Yet another NASA site, but a bit more technical and science oriented. Ages 10 & up.

11. Amazing Space Along with a short video monthly guide to features in the night sky (mentioned in this blog) this site also offers homework help, simple science experiments and investigations, and great games. Ages 10 & up.

12. Astronomy Unbound More of a site for experienced computer users, but worth the effort for those with a serious interest. Ages 10 & up.

13. Zoom Astronomy Various activities about the Solar System Ages 8 & up.

14. ESA for kids The European Space Agency's kids site. Not as extensive as NASA's but tells about European satellites and activities. Ages 8 & up.

15. BBC Science & Nature: Space In the great BBC style, another site to spend hours exploring. Again for experienced computer users, but some fun games. And the other links on the site to the Science & Nature sites are also great. Ages 10 & up.

What? That's 15 already? Oh well, will save the rest for another post!! Have fun exploring!

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anno said...

Interesting set of links! Astronomy is on our list of topics to explore this next year, so I'm sure we'll be visiting at least a few of these. Thanks!

Jenn in Holland said...

Having been on the receiving end of your passion from space, via a class for kids at the school, I can concur that this definitely defines you!
What a great set of space links. I am looking into them, every one.

Jenn in Holland said...

passion FOR space. FOR.

Csara said...

How cool! I am going to bookmark this list for my little boy. He is only 2, but he will probably enjoy some of those sites in a few years.

JennieBoo said...

Thanks for the links. Kid-friendly?!?!!! I enjoyed them myself!

Well done!

Enjoyed your 15!

Have a great weekend! :)

Jen said...

This is so cool! Thank you!!!

Rebecca said...

thanks for these links - I'm off to check them out - Charlie, my eldest, LOVES space stuff and I can see that we're going to have some fun playing at these sites.