Friday, November 23, 2012

Moon Phases and The Inner Solar System

Earlier this week Danny Nicholson posted a neat video of the 2013 moon phases animated. That video uses the same graphics that were used in this video published on NASA's YouTube channel. NASA's video includes some annotations as the video plays. I've embedded NASA's channel below.

As I often do when I find one video that I like on YouTube, after watching the video above I got lost looking for other interesting NASA videos on YouTube. In my "YouTube wanderings" I found a short six part course titled the Exploring the Inner Solar System. The course contains six short lectures featuring Dr. Jim Garvin of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. I've embedded the playlist below.

Applications for Education
Exploring the Inner Solar System explores questions like why does space matter? Why is exploring the inner solar system so crucial? Where will humans and robots venture to next? All of the videos are ten minutes or less which makes them a good length for use as supplementary material to show in your classroom. If YouTube is blocked in your school NASA has made the series available for download here.