Online labs provide your students with the possibility to conduct scientific experiments in an online environment. Remotely-operated labs (remote labs) offer an opportunity to experiment with real equipment from remote locations. Virtual labs simulate the scientific equipment. Data sets present data from already performed lab experiments. Please use the filters on the right to find appropriate online labs for your class. Labs can be combined with dedicated Apps to create Inquiry Learning Spaces (ILSs).
In this lab, pupils can simulate the impact of an object (e.g., an asteroid) on the Earth, Moon or Mars. They can vary parameters such as the diameter, density and velocity of the projectile and see the characteristics of the resulting crater.
You will see that there is a difference between reality and theory.
Students are asked to make predictions on how galaxies form and evolve in the Universe. They will use the ‘Galaxy Crash’ tool to simulate the evolution of 2 disc galaxies over time, and see if the results match their predictions.
The Faulkes Telescope Project provides access free-of-charge via the internet to robotic telescopes and a fully supported education programme to encourage teachers and students to engage in research-based science education.
Star in a Box is an interactive webapp which animates stars with different starting masses as they change during their lives. Some stars live fast-paced, dramatic lives, others change very little for billions of years.
From the theory is known that the energy which is radiated outward radically in three-dimensional space from a source is inversely proportional with the square of the distance from the source. This process is known as the Inverse square law.
The NAAP Basic Coordinates and Seasons Lab is used to explore the motion of the Earth around the Sun and how it relates to seasons.
The NAAP Rotating Sky Lab introduces the horizon coordinate system and the “apparent” rotation of the sky. The relationship between the horizon and celestial equatorial coordinate systems is explicitly explored.
This lab aims at helping students visualise Kepler's Second Law using true examples. Starting from acquired data from NASA on moving bodies in space: a satellite, a comet, and a moon; the lab plots their respective trajectories in 2D (x-y representation).
The NAAP Habitable Zones Lab introduces the basic conditions thought necessary for life to exist, and explores where in the universe those conditions are most likely to be met.
'Planets' is a web app created to help understanding the night sky. Unsurprisingly it's focused only on Solar System planets and our Moon.
The NAAP HR Diagram Lab explores the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and those areas necessary to understand the diagram such as (but not limited to) the different kinds of spectrum, spectral classification, and luminosity class.
The WorldWide Telescope is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe.
The NAAP Motions of the Sun Lab reviews some of the material from the Basic Coordinates and Seasons Lab and The Rotating Sky Lab and adds information to put all the pieces together for a more complete description of the motions of the sun.
The NAAP Lunar Phases Lab demonstrates how the earth-sun-moon geometry gives rise to the phases of the moon as seen from earth. A distant view of an observer looking down on earth as well as a perspective of an observer looking into the sky are used in the the simulator.
Sun 4 all is a set of experiences using the repository of Solar Images taken by the Observatory of Coimbra since 1926. There are 30 000 spectroheliograms.
The NAAP Planetary Orbits Lab is designed to facilitate understanding of Kepler's Three Laws of Motion as well as how velocity and force relate to the orbits. The user can manipulate the orbital properties of a fictional planet and read off various orbital parameters.
A full-featured simulator for exploring the axes of the HR Diagram and the sizes of stars at various locations.
Experimentation with nutrients and houseplants.
The NAAP Extrasolar Planets Lab introduces the radial velocities of singular planetary systems and introduces the concept of noise and detection.
This simulator demonstrates how Ptolemy's geocentric model acocunts for the movements of planets. In this model the sum moon and planets orbit th estationary Earth.
The NAAP Eclipsing Binary Stars Lab demonstrates how information about stars which can not be directly observed can be inferred from a special class of binary stars – eclipsing binaries.
Climate is regulated by the delicate balance of incoming and outgoing electromagnetic radiation. This applet first explores the climatic condition of various planets, focusing on Mars, Venus, and Earth.
This data set allows teh user to calculate the position and height of the sun anywhere in the world on any date and plot the shadow cast by the sun at different times of the day.
The NAAP Extrasolar Planets Lab introduces the search for planets outside of our solar system using the Doppler and transit methods.
SunCalc is a little app that shows sun movement and sunlight phases during the given day at the given location.
Move the sun, earth, moon and space station to see how it affects their gravitational forces and orbital paths. Visualize the sizes and distances between different heavenly bodies, and turn off gravity to see what would happen without it!Sample learning goals:
This astronomy “Little Big Picture” was programmed by REU student Nick Robe. It is an early effort of the UNL Astronomy Education Group to provide materials for mobile devices. More astronomy teaching materials can be found on the web at astro.unl.edu.
In 1671 the french astronomer Richer travelled from Paris (latitude φ = 48.8°) to Cayenne (latitude φ = 4.9°) in French-Guyana. In Cayenne he observed that his pendulum clock, which he carried with him, showed a delay of about 2 min/day.
At which point of its elliptical orbit is a planet located at a given time?
A geodesic is a line representing the shortest route between two points. In simple terms, it might help to think of this as the route a crow (or aeroplane) would fly to get from one point to to another (ignoring any effects for wind).
This lab is designed to allow students to explore different aspects of satellite motion. Students can vary the mass of the satellite, the orbital radius of the satellite and the body that the satellite is orbiting.
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In this data archive you may search and retrieve astronomical images of many different celestial objects.
A simple simulator for visualizing the expansion of the universe. Users can see vectors describing the velocities of galaxies and note that all galaxies are moving away from us. They can then change their perspective to another galaxy and note that Hubble's Law is seen from there as well.
Scale Height Lab is a parameter used to describe how something fades away with increasing distance – it is the distance over which a quantity decreases by a factor of 1/e. It is exclusively applied to planetary atmospheres in this lab, but is certainly used in many other contexts.
This is an open access archive of astronomical images. You can find astronomical images from public users of the LCOGT network.
This simulation is motivated by the Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel Spin written by Robert Charles Wilson. It is designed to provide feedback on a ClassAction Discussion Question also motivated by the book.
This applet plots the orbital motion of a spaceship launched from Earth at a given speed. Students need to find the best orbit to Mars by launching at a different speeds and at different times, to meet with Mars as it moves around its orbit.
In this lab you will be looking at how different properties of a planet help to determine the acceleration due to gravity on that planet.
What is the form of a planetary orbit? The astronomers from Ptolemy to Copernicus had a clear (but wrong) answer to this question: A planet moves on a circle or at least on an orbit which can be explained by superposition of circular motions.
In this lab you will be taking your TARDIS to a region of the universe far away from other masses so you can study the factors affecting the force of gravity between masses.
This is a simulation of an asteroid orbiting a moon using the 2D Rigid Body Physics Engine.
This is an online planetarium. It allows students to observe planets, constellations and deep sky objects on a chosen day.
This lab lets you explore the possible wave functions for particles in different potentials. Users can study a "particle in a box", vibrating molecules and more.