Stellarium ROCKS!I cannot say enough about this totally awesome FREE desktop planetarium that brings the stars right to your computer screen! Stellarium is so great - I feel guilty for not having to pay for it.
I really don't know much about the project - but I do know that I downloaded the Stellarium software and within minutes I was blown away by the ease in which I was able to navigate through the sky!
The Stellarium download is pretty quick and doesn't take up a whole lot of room on your hard drive. You will NOT get a better return on your investment of 5 minutes for the download, I guarantee it!
After it installs, which it did without a hitch, I opened it up and was immediately stunned by the beautiful landscape (That looked pretty real!) that was before me. Since it was morning and the program runs on real time - I sped up the clock to make it night.
After fiddling around with all the buttons on the lower left side of the screen I was able to see all the constellations, in several different modes, with a flick of the mouse!
Take a look at these screenshots:
This picture shows the daytime sky with an artistic constellation overlay. Only the brightest stars/planets are visible due to the sunlight.
This picture shows the nighttime sky with the artistic constellation overlay.
This picture shows the night sky with the basic constellation representations
As you may have noticed, the Stellarium software looks very much like the sky map you just downloaded!
So this is my pic for best educational software of the year - if only Galileo could see us now....DOWNLOAD STELLARIUM FOR FREE!
If your computer is complaining about...one...more...thing...to...download, well then here is an online planetarium for you to use!
Links to Student Help pages:
Astronomy for Kids
How to Use a Sky Map
Astronomy Unit Study/Activities
Parts of a Plant
Plant Life Cycle 1
Plant Life Cycle 2
Cell Cycle Mitosis
Cell Cycle Control
DNA Replication Enzymes
DNA Replication Mechanism