The Internet is saturated with information, some bogus, precious little accurate and useful, and nowhere is this more obvious than in study of science. I value applicable lessons that explain current events in cosmology (among many other things). These are some examples of real efforts to help teachers and amateurs alike to get kids or curious people excited about the incredible natural world beyond.
Lewis Dartnell has a lesson plan to help kids understand how we detect exoplanets.
Click here for NASA’s list of confirmed and documented exoplanets. It is even more interesting using the information in the lesson plans above.
Universe Today is a website that I am on all the time. New Horizon’s Pluto discoveries and photos, Curiosity on Mars (and other landers, probes, rovers, spaceships and satellites) , SpaceX news, solar system information, deep space, Hubble and Webb telescope news and info…etc..)
Phil Plait’s (Twitter: @BadAstronomer) Bad Astronomy blog is now on slate.com. Just click on the health & science tab of the website, or this link.
Heavens Above is one of my favorite astronomy websites because it is full of real useful information that answers those annoying questions I always seem to have. Think you’ve seen a UFO? It was probably an Iridium flash. Want to track Saturn, ISS, Hubble, Tiangong 1, or a North Korean satellite? Or spacecraft escaping our solar system? It’s here.
Google for Education has chosen some lesson plans from science teachers, almost all of them are great for younger students. A great collection of physics and science lessons related to the movie Interstellar used to be available there, but I’ve been having trouble finding it. I suspect some IP issue there. But check out this list in the meantime.
This Week in Science from the Richard Dawkins Foundation is a periodic collection of articles and news of what’s happening in science today. Includes much more than cosmology, and always a good read.
Go outside and look up!