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Smithsonian – NASA’s “Amazing Space”: Using Hubble Space Telescope Images in the Classroom

This 50-minute, interactive session is designed for educators to learn about the exciting science behind the world’s most famous telescope.


August 14, 2013


1:00 pm - 1:50 pm EDT


Smithsonian Conferences


Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access


This special session for educators is the result of an exciting STEM education collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), operations home to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Frank Summers, an astrophysicist at STScI, will provide an exciting overview of the science behind the world’s most famous telescope.

You’ll have an opportunity to find out what has made the Hubble an engine of astronomical discovery for over two decades, and to see with the eyes of an astronomer as you explore some of the stunning images captured by Hubble. This session will highlight the idea that astronomical images are more than just pretty pictures—they are data recorded from nature that can be analyzed in many different ways to unlock some of the mysteries of the universe!

This session will also introduce you to some key resources from HST’s education program “Amazing Space.” Dan McCallister, education specialist at STScI, will show you how you can use Hubble’s Amazing Space resources to engage your students in learning about important disciplinary core ideas in Earth and Space Sciences. These resources are a great complement to investigations using the MicroObservatory robotic telescope system, a Smithsonian resource that was highlighted in two prior conferences: “Understanding Astrophotography” and “Do-It-Yourself Astrophotography.”

Educators who attend this session are eligible for the Astronomy Educator’s Badge by completing the following:

  • Earn your own Smithsonian Quest Astrophotographer Badge by using the MicroObservatory telescope network operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
  • Submit a lesson plan for incorporating MicroObservatory and STScI’s Amazing Space resources into your own teaching.

All Online Conferences are free and open to the public. Registration is required to participate.

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