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Guideline for Teachers

Welcome to the "Ask an Astrophysicist" service!

We are glad that you and your class are visiting our site. We would like to ask you not to give a class an assignment asking them to 'send a question to "Ask an Astrophysicist" ', though. Here are the reasons why:

  • We are a small group of volunteers. Many of us are using our personal time to answer these questions. A set of 20 questions from a class, all arriving within a few hours, can easily overwhelm our capacity.

  • We think it's better to let your student explore our organized presentations --- StarChild for primary school students and Imagine the Universe! for middle and high school students. Both sites are linked to specific (US) educational standards (StarChild is written by teachers). For example, you might tell a class of 4th graders to each nominate a favorite planet, and find out all she/he can from the StarChild site. If your students, having read sections of our sites, come up with questions, then we do welcome them. On the other hand, the answer to many of the questions that they come up with 'cold', is to say 'read our site'.

    In addition, we would like to reiterate that we only represent a small section of NASA --- in particular, we are not the best experts on human space exploration. For information on who we are and what our part is within NASA, please read our Who Are We? page.

    Thanks again for visiting our site; we hope it helps your students to learn about the Universe.

  • If words seem to be missing from the articles, please read this.

    Imagine the Universe! is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

    The Imagine Team
    Project Leader: Dr. Barbara Mattson
    Curator: Meredith Gibb
    Responsible NASA Official: Phil Newman
    All material on this site has been created and updated between 1997-2014.
    This page last updated: Monday, 20-Jun-2005 11:00:54 EDT