Space Science Outreach

The UA Museum of the North has many resources for teaching students about our place in the universe. Click through our DIY lessons or check out a kit full of hands-on materials.

Check our frequently updated Astronomy Calendar for upcoming celestial events!
Lyrids Meteor Shower coming up this month!

Check out the NASA Museum Alliance Calendar
for free Professional Development Webinars
on all kinds of space science & math topics!

DIY Space Science Activities
Each theme has multiple lessons, downloadable guides & worksheets, plus tips & tricks to modify the hands-on activities!

Exploring the Universe - Turning our telescopes to the sky to search for new exoplanets, looking for life on Mars, and shooting rockets into space!

Solar SystemThe sun is a star and the center of our local universe. Learn about stars and how we coexist with the sun!

Aurora - The northern lights are awe-inspiring and beautiful, which makes them a great hook to get students excited about heliophysics- the study of the sun/Earth system and the effects of the sun on the Earth.

Auroral Oval by Stephane Vetter                                                                                                                                 Photo: Stephane Vetter

Check Out Learning Kits
Borrow kits and teaching objects to teach about how solar flares cause northern lights on earth. Click to learn more about any of these kits:

  • Cultural Connections - Aurora science through Inupiaq culture and language. 3rd-9th grades.
  • Sunspotter - Gather data about the sun like scientists. For all ages.
  • Energetic Aurora - Learn about the different aspects of studying the aurora. 7th-12th grades.

Click here to borrow kits, make an online request, or purchase a kit pass. 

More Learning Links

- Quick FAQ cards about the aurora. These make great review cards or can be provided as a quick summary.
Aurorasaurus is a citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the Northern Lights are likely visible in their area. Aurorasaurus was built by scientists to improve forecasting of the aurora using citizen science reports and crowd-sourced (Twitter) ground observations of the aurora. Check out their Reddit AMA on the new phenomenon STEVE, a purple light that's been seen in the sky related to auroras.
NASA Afterschool resources provide a series of programs exploring the universe that can be done in short sessions for afterschool care.
Solar Week was October 23-27, 2017! You can still use this resource for a week's worth of facts, activities, and games about the sun's relationship to the earth. Get to know your sun with resources from UC Berkeley. Click here to learn more.

Aurora Viewing Links
- Check the Aurora Forecast to see how strong the aurora will be in the upcoming days.
- The All-sky camera at Poker Flat shows the sky above in real time, so if you aren't in a good aurora viewing area you can look at their sky.

This project was funded under NASA cooperative agreement NNX16AL65A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Photos by NASA unless otherwise attributed.

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