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Answer a question

Whether you’re looking for interesting facts or tidbits, trying to solve a riddle or puzzle, or just want to know how far or how big, we can help.

Check the Capture the cosmos page, which puts fun facts at your fingertips. You’ll find info on everything from gravity to the death of stars. Select a topic and start exploring. Be sure to keep an eye open for Fast Facts or Q&A files, which provide extra details.

Dig up a definition

Get the latest in space science terms from our Glossary.

Find resources for a project

If you need to write a report, make a poster, construct a model, create a crossword puzzle or come up with a science project, you’ll find plenty of ideas and facts here.

Select a topic on the Capture the cosmos page. To begin gathering information, look for a Fast Facts or a Q&A file. Don't miss the Tales of … files, which offer more in-depth knowledge. And if you download a PDF lithograph, you'll get an information page along with a large, colorful image.

Write a story

Put our facts in your fiction! Find out what happens when a star explodes, or something gets sucked into a black hole. Once you’ve selected a topic, look in Capture the Cosmos for Fast Facts, a Q&A, or Tales of … to spice up your story with realistic details.

Get the latest scoop on space

Articles about the Hubble Space Telescope's most recent observations fill the pages of The Star Witness. In our featured story, learn how scientists are watching Neptune go through its spring season that will last for more than 40 Earth years.

Earn extra credit points

First, get your teacher’s approval for an extra credit project. Then let us turn that additional work into fun. Our Online explorations section has games and lessons that let you shoot comets at Jupiter, build a galaxy, and more. When you’re done, write a report, create a quiz, make a puzzle or design a scavenger hunt using what you’ve learned. You can expand your project with other resources on the Amazing Space Web site that relate to your topic.

Shed some light on another subject

Try the History of Science section in Capture the Cosmos. From there, enter Online exploration: Telescopes from the Ground Up, to learn how telescopes have changed the way we view the universe. Or use the Tales of… series to keep up on amazing cosmic events. Explore everything from Martian dust storms to the tale of an exploding star.

Math and science are two sides of the same coin. In the Online explorations section, use the Hubble Deep Field Academy to explore the way statistics help us understand space.

Technology is the nuts-and-bolts part of science. Go to the Hubble Space Telescope section in Capture the Cosmos to find out how the telescope functions, inside and out. Could you work for NASA? Test yourself by trying to unscramble a Hubble servicing mission. Go to Online explorations and choose Mission Mastermind.

Compare and contrast cosmic objects

Which of these things is not like the other? Our Graphic Organizers tell the difference between cosmic objects. Learn what separates a comet from an asteroid, a spiral galaxy from an elliptical, or the Eagle from the Eskimo nebula. You'll find them in three sections of Capture the Cosmos: Comets and Asteroids, Galaxies, and Stars and Stellar Evolution.

Study for a test

Use a Q&A file from Capture the Cosmos to sharpen your thinking. Memorize the material, then have a family member or friend quiz you on what you’ve learned. Your partner can read the question aloud and let you supply the answer. Or you can do it “Jeopardy”-style, letting your friend read off the answer and responding with the question.

Our Graphic Organizers also make good study sheets. Memorize the items that belong in each category, then identify the category as a friend lists the items aloud. You can also study on your own by covering up the official answers with a sheet of paper and quizzing yourself with the questions.

Debate an idea

Some of the questions in our Q&A files lend themselves to debate. Are we due for a comet or asteroid strike? Get the facts to support your argument in Q&A: Gravity. Should Pluto be called a planet? Examine the controversy in the Q&A: Our solar system. Which had a greater impact: Galileo’s telescope or the Hubble Space Telescope? Develop your position by reading Q&A: Hubble Space Telescope.

Build a model
picture of a model

You can make a model of the Hubble Space Telescope for under $20 with parts from your local hardware and craft stores. Your model won't be a working telescope, but it will show many of Hubble's important features.

Visit HubbleSite for instructions on how to build your own Hand-Held Hubble. Once you're done, submit a picture of yourself and your model, and HubbleSite may post it online.

 

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Get ideas for projects and research them on the Amazing Space site.
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