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Hubble Site

Friday, July 28th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites
 
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Hubble Site

I love this site. I keep coming back to it every couple of years and thoroughly exploring it all over again, because it is just so amazing. The last time I brought you this site, I was gaga over the Tonight’s Sky section. While it’s still a great section that you can check out, this time my attention was captured by the Black Holes section.

Black Holes – Here you will learn all about black holes, how they are formed, what exactly they are and you can even visit the black hole encyclopedia. There are experiments, a glossary and lots of interactive areas that will help you really get a grasp on what a black hole is and how it is formed.

Well, besides black holes, there is a lot more going on at this site, so let’s get to it! The other sections are Newscenter, Gallery, Discoveries, Sci-Tech, Education, Fun & Games and Reference Desk.

Newscenter – Here you will find the latest discoveries, pictures and news. You are also able to explore the archive of news and images. You can even sign up for their e-mail bulletins.

Gallery – This is where you will find all of those impressive images from outer space that still amaze me every time I see them. Not only will you find pictures here, but you can also find wallpaper and movies.

Discoveries – Here you can check out the discoveries made through images, stories and even videos. From recent discoveries to those discoveries in the past that made further exploration possible, it’s all here. You can even check out the Glossary.

Sci-Tech – This is also called the Nuts & Bolts section. Here you will learn all about the telescope and space crafts. Just click on any part of the telescope or you can click on the sections themselves. They are: Optics, Instruments and Spacecraft Systems. Each section focuses on a different part, so you really get to learn all the ins and outs of how the Hubble works.

Education – Here you will find an amazing online experiment that lets you learn how telescopes work from the ground up. You’ll find it under the heading Try This! What else will you find here? Well, there is tons of information for teachers and students, as well as, museums and planetariums.

Fun & Games – Why don’t you visit this section and make the universe your playground? Here you will find a lot of interesting things to do that will keep you entertained for hours. And don’t tell anyone, but you’ll still learn stuff too!

Reference – Welcome to the reference desk, the home of the glossary, FAQs, facts and figures and much more. This is where you can come to get all the facts. You can even learn a little bit about telescope history in the facts and figures section.

Well, I’m ready to launch off on a space odyssey! Aren’t you?

http://hubblesite.org/

~ Amanda

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Hubble Site

Monday, January 16th, 2006 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites
 
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This site is huge and full of fabulously interesting things to check out. Under the category “Announcements”, the first entry “Tonight’s Sky” is my favorite of the whole site. Let’s visit it shall we?

Tonight’s Sky — To get them out of the way I’ll mention the resources, and archive links now. Take a brief look at them, then click “Play Movie” near the top of the screen. The movie loads and takes you through what is in the night’s sky for August. It shows you what to look for, where to find it, and even tells you what is visible to the naked eye. Did you know that planets don’t twinkle like stars and as such are easier to spot? I didn’t either. From the constellations Lyra and Sagittarius to Deep Space Nebulae, you will not regret watching this movie. I even watched it twice, and I can’t wait for a clear night to go stargazing.

Also, in the Announcements category you will find links to the Gallery and to the Astronomy Print Shop where you can print out museum quality pictures of space.

Now in the Explore Hubble Site category you will find even more to do. The sections you will find here are News Center, Gallery, Discoveries, Sci-Tech, Fun & Games, and the Reference Desk.

I want to talk to you about the Fun & Games section where you can learn how to build your own handheld Hubble. I though that was really marvelous seeing as how it would get kids interested in space with a hands on experience. I even built one here at home. It goes over everything from materials to safety rules, as well as detailed instructions.

Another noteworthy area is the “Beyond the Pictures” section. You can get there by going to the News Center, click on the FITS for Fun article, and then on the side of the page you will see the question: “Have You Seen This?” Below it is the link to the Beyond the Pictures section where you can learn how they colorize the pictures from the Hubble as well as why it’s in that funky staircase shape.

Absolutely worth a look or two!

http://hubblesite.org/

~ Amanda

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Hubble Site

Thursday, September 15th, 2005 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites
 
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This site is huge and full of fabulously interesting things to check out. Under the category “Announcements”, the first entry “Tonight’s Sky” is my favorite of the whole site. Let’s visit it shall we?

Tonight’s Sky — To get them out of the way I’ll mention the resources, and archive links now. Take a brief look at them, then click “Play Movie” near the top of the screen. The movie loads and takes you through what is in the night’s sky for August. It shows you what to look for, where to find it, and even tells you what is visible to the naked eye. Did you know that planets don’t twinkle like stars and as such are easier to spot? I didn’t either. From the constellations Lyra and Sagittarius to Deep Space Nebulae, you will not regret watching this movie. I even watched it twice, and I can’t wait for a clear night to go stargazing.

Also, in the Announcements category you will find links to the Gallery and to the Astronomy Print Shop where you can print out museum quality pictures of space.

Now in the Explore Hubble Site category you will find even more to do. The sections you will find here are News Center, Gallery, Discoveries, Sci-Tech, Fun & Games, and the Reference Desk.

I want to talk to you about the Fun & Games section where you can learn how to build your own handheld Hubble. I though that was really marvelous seeing as how it would get kids interested in space with a hands on experience. I even built one here at home. It goes over everything from materials to safety rules, as well as detailed instructions.

Another noteworthy area is the “Beyond the Pictures” section. You can get there by going to the News Center, click on the FITS for Fun article, and then on the side of the page you will see the question: “Have You Seen This?” Below it is the link to the Beyond the Pictures section where you can learn how they colorize the pictures from the Hubble as well as why it’s in that funky staircase shape.

Absolutely worth a look or two!

http://hubblesite.org/

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