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Dino Doom
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The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event, which occurred 66 mya, caused the mass extinction of nearly 75% of the plant and animal species on Earth. This event is marked by a thin layer of sediment which can be found throughout the world in marine and terrestrial rocks. The boundary clay shows high levels of iridium, which is rare on Earth but abundant in asteroids.
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Where are the small worlds?
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Explore the view of our solar system from the perspective of the Sun and collect data on small worlds. Observe the motion of different worlds to determine their location in the solar system. Then launch probes to search these small worlds to find the hidden caches and collect the astrocoins inside. Can you find them all?
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Red Rocks
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Why is Mars red? Explore Karijini Gorge in Australia and Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, AZ searching for clues to the environments that formed the red rocks there. Observe these rock formations at a variety of scales to gather these clues. Finally, apply understanding of red rock formation on Earth to red rock formation on Mars.
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Celestial Jukebox
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Use the pattern of sound to observe transits. Derive Kepler’s Third Law from the data collected within the solar system. Then apply Kepler’s Third Law to extrasolar systems and the search for exoplanets while collecting rare coins along the way.
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Space Explorations
BETA
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Kingdom in Peril: Celestial Bodies
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Small Worlds
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Where are the small worlds?
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Kepler's Third Law
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Celestial Jukebox
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Solar Eclipse
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Path of Totality
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Kingdom in Peril: Celestial Bodies
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Explore the arrangement of the Sun, Earth, Moon system, and inclination of the Moon’s orbit necessary to generate solar and lunar eclipses. Determine the likelihood of observing these phenomena. Share your eclipse knowledge with your kingdom, preventing a revolt and saving it from attack.
Where are the small worlds?
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Explore the view of our solar system from the perspective of the Sun and collect data on small worlds. Observe the motion of different worlds to determine their location in the solar system. Then launch probes to search these small worlds to find the hidden caches and collect the astrocoins inside. Can you find them all?
Celestial Jukebox
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Use the pattern of sound to observe transits. Derive Kepler’s Third Law from the data collected within the solar system. Then apply Kepler’s Third Law to extrasolar systems and the search for exoplanets while collecting rare coins along the way.
Path of Totality
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Explore how the Moon’s shadow is cast upon Earth during a total solar eclipse. Discover why this event is so unique while plotting the path of totality! Earn a limited edition Eclipse 2017 coin to commemorate this event.
Earth Explorations
The Story of Life
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Stories in Rock
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The Story of Life
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Extinction Story
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The Story of Life
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Story of Complex Animals
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The Story of Life
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Earliest Stories
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Oxidation
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Red Rocks
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Mass Extinction
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Dino Doom
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Great Unconformity
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Mystery of Blacktail Canyon
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Stories in Rock
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Travel back in geologic time to explore some of the major historical events of Earth in an attempt to understand the search for life among other planets in the universe. Explore the first chapter to gather the skills of reading the stories contained in the rock record of Earth.
Extinction Story
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Travel back in geologic time to explore some of the major historical events of Earth in an attempt to understand the search for life among other planets in the universe. Explore the second chapter from 66 million years ago.
Story of Complex Animals
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Travel back in geologic time to explore some of the major historical events of Earth in an attempt to understand the search for life among other planets in the universe. Explore the third chapter in the Australia.
Earliest Stories
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Travel back in geologic time to explore some of the major historical events of Earth in an attempt to understand the search for life among other planets in the universe. Explore the final chapter in the North Pole Dome, Australia.
Red Rocks
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Why is Mars red? Explore Karijini Gorge in Australia and Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, AZ searching for clues to the environments that formed the red rocks there. Observe these rock formations at a variety of scales to gather these clues. Finally, apply understanding of red rock formation on Earth to red rock formation on Mars.
Dino Doom
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The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event, which occurred 66 mya, caused the mass extinction of nearly 75% of the plant and animal species on Earth. This event is marked by a thin layer of sediment which can be found throughout the world in marine and terrestrial rocks. The boundary clay shows high levels of iridium, which is rare on Earth but abundant in asteroids.
Mystery of Blacktail Canyon
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Explore Grand Canyon, AZ using a virtual field trip (VFT). Observe the rock record and what these rocks reveal about the life and environments of the past. Apply investigation techniques to the search for life in the solar system.
Visualization Library
Star Life Cycle
Stellar Nursery
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Phase Diagram
Phases of Matter
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Astronomical Time
Geologic Timeline
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Gases
Atmospheric Chamber
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Fossils
First Signs of Life
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Fossils
First Complex Life
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Mars
Mars Rover Sites
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Meteor
Craters of Earth
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Extinction
Hell Creek Mammals
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Extinction
Hell Creek Trike Dig
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Video
Oxidation of Rock
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Optics
Shadow Analogy
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General Use Widget
Shadow Sizer
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Stellar Nursery
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This visualization is a simulation used in the Habitable Worlds course. The visualization generates a star (click new star) based on mass (click and drag in the star field to generate different mass stars) and follows the life cycle of the star through time. The star is plotted on an HR Diagram, generates a bar graph of elements produced through nuclear fusion, and generates the stars spectral signature in both emission and absorption line.
Phases of Matter
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This visualization is a simulation used in the Habitable Worlds course. The visualization demonstrates the phase change diagram for water, carbon dioxide, and methane on Earth, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Users can modify the pressure and temperature of each planetary body to investigate their impact on the phase diagram.
Geologic Timeline
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This visualization is a simulation used in the Habitable Worlds course. The visualization contains key events in time in a scrollable format. Click and drag to expand the timeline and investigate narrower windows of time.
Atmospheric Chamber
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This visualization is a simulation used in the Habitable Worlds course. The visualization contains a variety of atmospheric compounds to choose from and tools to explore the partial pressure and wavelength. Click and drag to expand the graph to investigate the emission/absorption lines produced under a variety of conditions.
First Signs of Life
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This visualization is a 360-degree virtual field trip used in the Search for Life unit. the visualization explores what is believed to be the first signs of life in the rock record, stromatolites.
First Complex Life
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This visualization is a 360-degree virtual field trip used in the Search for Life unit. The visualization explores what is believed to be the first complex life in the rock record.
Mars Rover Sites
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This visualization is a 360-degree virtual field trip used in the Red Rocks VFT. This visualization contains three views of Mars from three different rover sites. Images collected from each rover are also embedded. An opportunity to explore for iron oxide is also embedded in imagery.
Craters of Earth
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This visualization is an interactive map used in the Dino Doom VFT. This visualization contains clickable global locations of meteor impacts on Earth and pop up informational boxes. Contained within these informational boxes is a tool to measure the diameter of the crater.
Hell Creek Mammals
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This visualization is a 360-degree virtual field trip used in the Dino Doom VFT. This visualization contains two views of a Triceratops dig area and two views of a mammal site nearby. A gigapan at the mammal site provides an opportunity to observe mammal bone fossil fragments left behind.
Hell Creek Trike Dig
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This visualization is a 360-degree virtual field trip used in the Dino Doom VFT. This visualization contains three views of a Triceratops dig area and incorporates labeling of the dig area. Labels point to the K-Pg (Cretaceous – Paleogene) boundary and the rock ages surrounding the boundary.
Oxidation of Rock
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This visualization is a video used in the Red Rocks VFT. This video contains an explanation of the process of oxidation and how it relates to the formation of red rock in Oak Creek Canyon, AZ.
Shadow Analogy
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This visualization is a used to demonstrate distance and size of a large light source such as the Sun will determine the size of the shadow the moon will cast upon Earth in the Path of Totality Lesson. This visualization uses a baseball and a light bulb as an analogy to the Sun, Moon, Earth system.
Shadow Sizer
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This visualization is a widget tool used in the Path of Totality lesson. This visualization contains a dark circle and a slider that can be used for measurement of an object on screen in kilometers.
Contributed Content
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Stellar Life Cycle
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The Secret Lives of Stars
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Solar System
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Solar System & Parker Solar Probe
author imageMaki Fullerton
Climate Change
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Overview of Climate Change
author imageElizabeth Sebastian
Volcano
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Kilauea
author imageDiane Ripollone
Wave Properties
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Strange Ripples in Space
author imageHelen Coyle
Asteroids
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Small Worlds Exhibit
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The Secret Lives of Stars
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Students will investigate how astronomers observe stars, determine the various life cycle stages stars go through, and relate those stages to the current stage of the Sun.
Solar System & Parker Solar Probe
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Learn about the Solar System and the Parker Solar Probe
Overview of Climate Change
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In this interactive, students will get an overview of climate change, the causes of climate change, how we know it is occurring, and some strategies on how to slow down the effects of climate change.
Kilauea
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Comparison of different types of volcanoes and the magma associated with them. At the end of the lesson the viewer will look at kilauea.
Strange Ripples in Space
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Students will study certain examples of wave phenomena that occur in space and some that occur on the earth. They will also review wave properties and the fact that mechanical waves need a medium, while electromagnetic waves do not. While studying a sonic boom, they will make an observation of the number of sounds an airplane makes during a sonic boom by watching a video of an airplane. While studying They will identify the occurrence of a sound based on reading data from a graph. They will "hear" the sounds of the sun through a process called sonification.
Small Worlds Exhibit
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Explore the small worlds of our solar system. Click on the small worlds moving in the star field to discover these small worlds up close.

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