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Cosmic Clearinghouse

Cosmic Clearinghouse serves as an educational clearing house for the best astronomy outreach resources, activities, images, materials, guides, facilities and events for a variety of target audiences from the casual enthusiast to the professional educator. Sections suitable for teachers, museum educators, amateur astronomers, after-school providers, family program leaders, and other groups will be included, with links to existing useful sites as well as directories of materials and information in areas in which resources are currently needed. The site will be developed for sustainability beyond 2009, as a permanent resource for anyone interested in astronomy, space science, education and outreach.

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Best Astronomical Images on the Web Last Updated on 2010-05-03 00:00:00 Best Astronomical Images on the Web By Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College) Version 3.1 (February 2010)               One of the best things about astronomy these days is the abundance of fabulous images, both from telescopes on the ground and our many instruments in space. Many of these images were produced with government funds and are not under copyright. Others are from university and nonprofit observatories, which often have liberal policies when it comes to educational uses. And, with the growth of digital photography and the decreasing cost of hobbyist telescopes, many amateur astronomers are also making remarkable images of the deep sky.  The list below is not comprehensive, but will introduce some of our favorite image archives.   1. The Top Image... More »
Galileo: The Man and His Science Last Updated on 2010-05-03 00:00:00  Galileo: TheMan and His Science A Resource Guide to Materials in English   by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College & the Astronomical Society of the Pacific)   © copyright 2010 Andrew Fraknoi. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to reproduce in full for any non-profit educational purpose.               This guide is designed to help introduce beginners to the life and work of the great scientist, who, in many ways, was both the founder of science and the first systematic observer with a telescope. It makes no pretense to being a scholarly or complete bibliography, but simply recommends some accessible entry points to the enormous literature on Galileo.   Galileo Books for Adults________________________________________________________   Drake, Stillman The Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo.... More »
Useful Internet Resources Last Updated on 2009-06-09 00:00:00 American Association of Variable Star Observers Education Pages: Education programs and resources relating to variable stars. (www.aavso.org/education/) ASP Activity Sampler: Browse this sampler of hands-on activities for formal, informal, afterschool and amateur astronomer educators in this sampler from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and learn where to find more. (www.astrosociety.org/education/activities/handson.html) Astronomical Society of the Pacific Education Pages: a wealth of activities and program for teachers and other educators. (www.astrosociety.org/education.html) Astronomy of Many Cultures: Resources for exploring non-Western contributions to astronomy. (www.astrosociety.org/education/resources/multi.html) Debunking Astronomical Pseudo-science: A Skeptic’s Guide: For addressing astrology, UFO’s, creationist cosmology, etc.... More »