2020 Online Astronomy Institute - Module 1: Exploring the Solar System

The collecting of evidence is the most fundamental activity scientists engage in.  But what if the only evidence you have is visual and indirect?  Until recently, space science research relied entirely on visual observations with no ability at all to directly make measurement, collect data, and examine phenomena. Registration closes August 15. Complete details below.


In this module, we look at how astronomers can draw conclusions about the size, distance, composition, and origins of planets and moons using only data collected at a distance.  Through an examination of the properties of solar system objects, such as planets, moon, and comets, participants will come away with a better understanding of how scientists explore these distant worlds and fragments, how they are classified, and how our classification has evolved as new technology allows for more detailed observations.

Appropriate for teaching grade levels 3-12.


Dates: August 25 - September 25, 2020

Times: Four live webinars on Tuesdays (September 1, 8, 15, and 22), 4-5pm Pacific Time (7-8pm Eastern)

NGSS focus:

MS-ESS1-3: Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

Details: Each module lasts five consecutive weeks, with 1-hour webinars offered weekly for four of these weeks.  Each module includes a Materials Kit that will be shipped directly to you at the Shipping Address you provide during Checkout. Please note: Shipping is included for the Continental U.S. If your ship-to address is Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or International, we will contact you with the additional shipping fees.

Before the first and between the webinar sessions, you’ll engage in activities on your own time, including posting ideas and opinions in an online forum and engaging in assignments and activities related to the content.  You’ll also get a chance to try out the activities with your classes between the webinars and share your experiences.

Academic credits: Up to two semester units of academic credit available through The University of the Pacific for participants completing all six modules.  Those completing three modules are eligible for one semester unit of academic credit.


Save when you register for 2 or 3 modules.

Fall 2020 Module FEES

$100 per individual module

$180 for 2 modules

$250 for 3 modules

Registration closes August 15, 2020 for Fall Program

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Module 2: Pinholes to Space Telescopes

Module 3: Romancing the Moon

Savings: Module 1,2 - Module 1,3 - Module 2,3 and Modules 1,2, and 3