A collection of cosmic posters for your wall or classroom!
A poster celebrating Spitzer Final Voyage. On January 30th 2020, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will complete its mission. The Spitzer Final Voyage web page will tell its story, showcase new science and highlight its most outstanding achievements during the past 16 years in space.
A poster created for the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
Reading the Clouds. Poster front illustrates and describes types of high-, low-, and mid-altitude clouds. Poster back has article and activity related to Earth's water cycle, as well as a cloud identification quiz and a water cycle crossword puzzle.
Wild World of Clouds. Poster front illustrates and describes types of high-, low-, and mid-altitude clouds. Poster back explains Earth's water cycle and the role of clouds in maintaining it and providing fresh (non-salty) water to land plants and animals. A crossword puzzle and cloud identification quiz reinforce the concepts.
Introduction to Clouds (17.8 x 11.9 inches). Another angle on cloud types and descriptions of cloud cover, cloud opacity, and cloud level. Introduces Earth's water cycle. Includes many example photos of different cloud types.
GOES/POES Poster. Poster front illustrates both the Geostationary Operational Environment Satellites (GOES) and the Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES), and their functions and accomplishments. Back material includes two articles and activities on many of the different parameters meteorologists measure and terms they define in order to describe and predict the weather.
GOES/POES Wild World of Weather Adventure Game. Download question cards here. A self-contained board game about all kinds of weather and the places it occurs. Besides the game instructions, includes two articles and activities on many of the different parameters meteorologists measure and terms they define in order to describe and predict the weather.
Voyage on the High Seas: A Jason 1 Ocean Adventure. A self-contained board game about the oceans. Download game cards, playing pieces and spinner here. Also included on the poster back are articles on mapping the oceans using altimetry, how winds drive ocean currents (also an activity), an explanation of El Niño, and an ocean-related crossword puzzle.
Hurricane Katrina (38 x 28 inches). Poster front shows Hurricane Katrina as it looked from space just as it rammed into the Gulf Coast. Other images and captions show how the hurricane was tracked and its path predicted. Materials on the back of the poster explain how hurricanes form and how the GOES satellites create images of them and help meteorologists to predict their behavior.
Ozone: The Good and the Bad. Front of poster is a cartoon profile of the atmosphere, showing the "good and bad" roles of ozone in the stratosphere, high troposphere, mid-troposphere, and surface. On the back is a classroom activity article, beginning with an explanation of ozone's roles, and an introduction to spectroscopy. Also includes detailed instructions for building a classroom spectroscope using a CD or a DVD.
Interpreting Ozone. This 22-1/2 x 26-in. poster (front only), for high-school level and above, introduces the effects of ozone on the environment and climate. The effects are complex,and ozone's role varies with altitude and how it interacts with other greenhouse gases.
A two-page, fun, informative brochure about dwarf planets. Though small in size, they are a big mystery. Find out what dwarf planets are, where you can find them, and what they're made of. Plus, find out more about everyone's favorite dwarf planet, Pluto!
A four-page, fun, informative brochure about the many smaller bodies of our solar system. Learn all about dwarf planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and meteors. Find out what these small worlds tell us about our solar system's formation.
A four-page "fun fact" brochure about comets and asteroids—what makes them similar and what makes them different. Lots of fun facts, plus a comet vs. asteroid wordfind.
Full-dimension .pdf of front and back (22.5 x 26 inches, back as a six-panel page).
GALEX M31 Poster. Poster front is an ultraviolet view of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), captured by the GALEX space telescope. Articles on the back of the poster explain how telescopes see back in time and why the night sky is black, in spite of 200 billion suns shining right here in the Milky Way galaxy. Activities include a GALEX crossword and wordfind based on the articles, as well as a creative writing activity.
The Multiwavelength Universe. The front shows a composite image of the Pinwheel Galaxy that includes X-ray, ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light. Each wavelength reveals something different about the galaxy. The back of poster explains how different telescopes that detect different wavelengths are all necessary in order for us to begin to understand galaxies, stars, planets, and the evolution of the universe.
GALEX Helix Nebula Poster. Poster front is an ultraviolet view of the Helix Nebula, captured by the GALEX space telescope. The main article on the back of the poster explains star evolution in very simple terms (including the fate of our own Sun), and how a planetary nebula is formed. An additional article explains how we look far back in time as they look at very distant galaxies. A simple activity carries out the theme of judging the age of something by its appearance.
Herschel Milky Way Center poster. The front is an infrared view of a ring of dust and gas at the center of the Milky Way galaxy that, with imagination, appears to be twisted into something like an infinity sign. Articles on back of poster explain the electromagnetic spectrum and how infrared astronomy reveals aspects of the universe not apparent in visible or other wavelengths of light. The poster includes a classroom version of Sir Frederick Herschel's 1800 experiment in which he discovers invisible infrared light.
The Art of space Imagery. The front is a mosaic of hundreds of thousands of frames of the Milky Way galaxy capture in infrared light by the Spitzer Space Telescope. On the back is a tutorial on how images captured in non-visible light are translated to visible light colors so that people can see, study, and enjoy them.
The Infrared Universe. The front is a montage of the different kinds of questions that infrared astronomy can address, regarding the cosmos, galaxies, star formation, star remains, and extrasolar planets. On the back are descriptions of how infrared astronomy works, why it is important, and some of the discoveries made so far. It also includes a classroom version of the Herschel experiment in which infrared light was discovered.
The North America Nebula. A stunning image in infrared and visible light shows a region of stars and dusty clouds that are hidden in visible light alone. Back of poster has nine 8-1/2x11-inch panels that explain the electromagnetic spectrum and infrared astronomy, including the importance of infrared for studying galaxies and the distant universe, as well as planets. The famous experiment in which Sir Frederick William Herschel discovered infrared light is included as a classroom activity.
Spitzer poster: Eta Carinae star forming region. Beautiful glowing pillars of dense gas and dust in this Spitzer infrared image clearly reveal areas where new stars are forming. Articles on back of poster explain about the image, about infrared light, and infrared astronomy. It also includes a classroom version of Sir Frederick Herschel's 1800 experiment in which he discovers invisible infrared light.
Spitzer Poster: Multiwavelength Andromeda Galaxy. Three images of the beautiful spiral Andromeda Galaxy demonstrate the discoveries scientists are making by observing galaxies in many different wavelengths of light. The top image is in visible light. The middle image is a composite of wavelengths that are emitted by stars and active star-forming regions. The bottom image is a composite of wavelengths that highlight the gas and dust in the galaxy. Herschel's discovery of infrared light and Ritter's discovery of ultraviolet light are both described as experiments to be done in the classroom.
This .pdf file includes fifteen postcards on galaxies as seen in ultraviolet light by the GALEX spacecraft. Each postcard has an extended caption on the back explaining the image and what it reveals that was not known before.
Tracing the technological development of geostationary weather satellites from the first one, launched in 1974 to the advanced technology on GOES-R, planned for lanuch in 2015. Reading level is grade 8+.
Summarizes the ST5 mission to develop and fly three miniature spacecraft in Earth orbit. All spacecraft systems were miniaturized. Fleets of such spacecraft could fly in a constellation to study the magnetosphere or other phenomena.