Starry Night Online Simulation Curriculum 1-Year License for High School

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Grades 9-12 Web-based, interactive astronomy classroom curriculum uses engaging 3-D simulations and visualizations, as well as hands-on activities, to encourage questioning, experimentation, and exploration. Interactive computer exercises and simulations are fully mapped to top astronomy textbooks and accommodate diverse learning styles. Scientifically accurate visualizations and simulations allow students to make precise observations of moon phases, motions of the sun and planets, and more. 35 step-by-step, standards-based lessons meet curriculum needs and are joined to exercises, simulations, and images. Pre- and post-assessment resources are included along with each astronomy lesson and provide recommendations for improving student performance. Learning extensions are also provided to connect the astronomy lessons to additional topics in math, physics, language arts, social studies, and technology. Correlates to state standards, national standards, Canadian provincial standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. Accommodates up to 35 simultaneous student logins.


  • Fresh and relevant auto updates of new lessons, exercises, simulations, and phenomena
  • Exercises are enhanced with Guiding Questions, Key Concepts, and Did You Know tidbits to help illustrate phenomena
  • Dynamic user-optimized interface with Universal Search for objects, files, references, options, events, and more
  • Incredibly rich and detailed OpenGL graphics for high performance
  • Starry Night Extragalactic 3-D Database includes over 200,000 galaxies encompassing over 1 billion light years of space
  • New and updating space missions with 30 detailed and accurate 3-D models of spacecraft and trajectories for a real flight time experience
  • Stars are accurately rendered as a 3-D body with classification-appropriate color, texture, and relative radaii
  • Updated Messier catalog with breathtaking high-resolution images of star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies
  • Analemma simulation lets students draw the sun's analemma accurately on any planet's surface
  • View exoplanets as 3-D bodies with proper location, size, orbit, and planetary texture
  • Offers the most precise planetary positions available (using JPL ephemerides) plus an expanded asteroid catalog with highlighted families and groups
  • View Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagrams to learn about star age and mass
  • Select from 54 streamable photorealistic horizon panoramas, from Antarctica, to Stonehenge, to the Egyptian pyramids, and more
  • View, export, and print out ephemeris values
  • Graph tool offers a way of examining changes in an object's qualities over time
  • Updated surface maps of many planets, dwarf planets, and moons
  • Applications implement the Google Classroom Share button, making it easy for teachers to reference lessons directly in their assignments
  • Integrates with Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, and other LMSes
  • Includes QuickStart guide, diagrams, maps, grids, charts, assessment activities, scoring rubric, and new and updated theories

Topics covered include

  • Earth, Moon, and Sun
  • Solar System
  • The Planets
  • Small Solar System Bodies
  • Star Finding and Constellations
  • The Sun as a Star
  • The Stars
  • Galaxies and the Universe
  • Space Exploration and Technology


  • Grades 9-12
  • Accommodates 35 simultaneous student logins
  • System Requirements: Windows® 7/8/10, 32-bit or 64-bit operating system, 1 GHz or higher processor, 1 GB RAM , 12 GB of hard disk space, 128 MB OpenGL 1.4 capable graphics card, monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or better
  • System Requirements: Macintosh® OS X® 10.7 or higher, 11 GHz or higher processor, 1 GB RAM, 12 GB of hard disk space, 128 MB OpenGL 1.4 capable graphics card, monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or better
  • System Requirements for Web, Chromebook™, iOS, and Android™: Supported on all A-Grade browsers (up-to-date version of Chrome™, Firefox, Safari, Edge), Safari on iPad® iOS 9 or later. iOS requires iPad® and iOS 9.0 or better. Android™ requires tablet and Android 4.0 and up. Browser must support WebGL (test it at ).

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Age: 14 yrs. - 18 yrs.
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Grade: 9 - 12
School Type: High School
Subject Areas: Astronomy


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