AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 53. K-12 Astronomy Education and Public Outreach
Poster, Tuesday, January 7, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall AB

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[53.11] Multiwavelength Milky Way: Learning on the Web

B.A. Brown, D. Leisawitz (NASA/GSFC)

The Multiwavelength Milky Way project produces educational resources designed to explain how astronomers use observations at wavelengths spanning the entire electromagnetic spectrum to study our galaxy. Galactic plane maps at various wavelengths are featured on a widely distributed poster. These maps are mirrored on a website, which also provides image browsing capability. The website (found at http://adc.gsfc.nasa.gov/mw/) underwent a major revision in the fall of 2001, driven by a desire to include background material to aid educators and the general public in their use of the Multiwavelength Milky Way products. The new website now features sections on "Our Galaxy - the Milky Way," "The Nature of Light," and "Imaging and Mapping the Sky." In addition to the supplemental information, a list of activities and lesson plans gathered from the web are included in each section. The interactive map feature remains an integral part of the website. Technical resources (links to data files and journal articles) are given in a section for science users. Our goal with the website is to provide a central location from which educators and scientists can retrieve information and educational resources pertaining to the Milky Way. The Multiwavelength Milky Way project is sponsored by the Astrophysics Data Facility at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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