Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing interest in science for all students, creating a technologically-literate workforce, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.

AAVSO Receives National Science Foundation Award

The AAVSO has been awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation. This one is for 3 years and ~$660,000. As with Citizen Sky, it is from their Informal Science Education program. It is titled "Two Eyes, 3D: Studying Stereoscopic Representations in Informal Settings". Aaron Price is the PI with Co-PIs from Tufts University (Dr.

Useful links for new solar observers

A vast amount of useful and informative material relating to the appearance of the sun at different wavelengths, visual and instrumental observation, and analyses and records of sunspot data are available via the Internet. The list below is intended to provide the new observer with some initial points of contact with this resource. Some entries in the list present the full address required to get to a specific display or table.

About VSA

What is VSA?

Variable Star Astronomy (VSA) is the web version of Hands-On Astrophysics. Every chapter has been converted to adobe pdf and word doc formats so that you can download them directly from this website free-of-charge.


The Cosmic Distance Ladder

Distances in the universe are so vast that we do not have a simple way of measuring them.  For distances within the solar system we can measure them directly, using radar for example, and some very straightforward trigonometry.  But radar is hard to use when it takes light minutes or hours to cross the solar system; and the nearest star is four light years awa