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The ESO Educational Office

The ESO Educational Office was established in July 2001. It is part of the EPR Department at ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich. The aim is to provide support of astronomy and astrophysics education, especially at the high-school level. This includes teaching materials, courses for teachers and specific educational projects, for instance in the context of the yearly European Week of Science and Technology.

European Astronomical Society (EAS) Pages


APOD in the Classroom

How Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is being used as a learning tool by teachers and students.
Ask the Space Scientist
Answers to thousands of astronomy questions by Dr. Sten Odenwald.
Astronomy HyperText Book
Several astronomy lectures on an intermediate level. You can also ask a question, through e-mail, of an astronomy expert.
Astronomy with a Stick
Elementary school astronomy activities that can be done with only a stick. Brought to you by the National Science Teachers Association.
Astronomy Picture of the Day Subject Sorted Archive
This archive contains Astronomy Pictures of the Day (TM) sorted by subject and is updated monthly.
AstroWeb: Astronomical Internet Resources
An exhaustive list of astronomy resources on the internet.
ASCL: The Astrophysics Source Code Library
An archive of computer programs useful to researchers in astronomy or astrophysics.
Black holes and Neutron Stars
Take a virtual trip to a black hole or neutron star. Have your MPEG movie player ready. Intended for the advanced student, but fun for everyone.
The Exploratorium
A fun way to explore science for a beginner.
George Mason University's Introductory Astronomy Lecture Notes
Lecture outlines and transparencies for an introductory college level astronomy class. Knowledge of pre-calculus level mathematics is assumed.
Great Debates in Astronomy
Do leading astronomers always agree? Not always. Here are detailed accounts of several debates in astronomy starting with the famous Scale of the Universe discussion in 1920 between Curtis and Shapley.
Imagine the Universe!
This premier internet education site now covers a broad range of astronomy topics. "Imagine the Universe!" is a service of the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics at NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center.
Hubble Space Telescope Public Information
Detailed pictures and explanations of Hubble Space Telescope results.
NASA Spacelink - An Electronic Information System for Educators
An entry into NASA's educational projects. Intended for teachers looking for on-line teaching aids.
The Night Sky Live
See the night sky live from some of the world's premier observing sites. This growing global network of CONtinuous CAMeras (CONCAMs) returns live images of stars, planets, meteors, and much more.
StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
Intended primarily for ages 4-14, this site presents material on the Solar System, the Universe, and other Space Stuff. Produced by a collaboration of professional scientists and educators it is one of the very few astronomy WWW sites for elementary school readers.
Stellar Education Site
An elementary school teachers' resource for general astronomy education.
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
A library of information for the student on all aspects of space and space travel. Be sure to take the "Nine Planets" tour.
Views Of The Solar System
Great pictures and detailed information on the space program and the solar system.


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