Radiation astronomy/Activities

Astronomy activities is a collection of learning-by-doing resources focused on radiation astronomy and astrophysics.

The observation platform at the Munich Public Observatory provides a splendid view of the city of Munich and the Alps. Credit: Munich Public Observatory.

Astronomy laboratoriesEdit

Some of these are laboratories that ask the student, teacher, or researcher to conduct an experiment by locating an object of interest on the web or making one up from their imagination.

  1. Cratering laboratory
  2. Intergalactic medium/Laboratory
  3. Meteorites/Laboratory

Astronomy exercisesEdit

Others are participatory exercises for particular subjects of interest such as:

  1. Becoming an observer
  2. Binary Stars and Extrasolar Planets
  3. Cassiopeia and Ursa Major
  4. International Year of Astronomy
  5. Liquid water on Europa
  6. Lunar Boom Town
  7. Lunarpedia
  8. Observational astronomy
  9. Stellarium

Astronomy lessonsEdit

Lessons are activities that engage the participant in original astronomical research.

  1. First violet source in Leo
  2. First blue source in Boötes
  3. First cyan source in Caelum
  4. First green source in Tucana
  5. First yellow source in Aquila
  6. First orange source in Cancer
  7. First red source in Canis Major

Astronomy problemsEdit

Problem sets give the participants an opportunity to perform reasoning and mathematics.

Astronomy quizzesEdit

Quizzes allow the students to test their knowledge and test-taking skills.

Theoretical astronomical activitiesEdit

These are laboratories designed to introduce alternative explanations for astronomical phenomena. Examples include

  1. Cosmogony laboratory,
  2. Electric orbits,
  3. Electron beam heating/Laboratory,
  4. Magnetic field reversal,
  5. Neutrinos from the Sun, and
  6. Polar reversals.


  1. Dominant group/Astronomy
  2. Dominant group/Planetary science
  3. Earth-impact events
  4. Microquasar


  1. Backyard Astronomy
  2. Globulars in M31
  3. Highest temperature on Jupiter
  4. Spectral analysis of stars
  5. Spectrum of Vega
  6. Standard candles/Laboratory
  7. Stargazing
  8. The visible sky


  1. Alignment telescope
  2. Planets around other stars
  3. Radio Interferometer Telescope
  4. Spectrographs


  1. Ancient or prehistorical astronomers watched the skies with more interest than we do today.

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