Astronomy Village: Investigating the UniverseTM

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Astronomy Village: Investigating the Universe is a CD-ROM based multimedia program that provides teachers and students with ten complete investigations in astronomy intended to complement and extend the science curriculum in 9th and 10th grade classes. Students, in teams of three, use the Astronomy Village software to conduct investigations in astronomy and learn about the nature of scientific inquiry. The Astronomy Village's interface is based on the village-like appearance of major observatories on mountain tops. Tools available to students include an image processing program, an image browser, and various simulation programs. The simulation programs include a star life cycle simulator, an orbital simulator (Mac only), and a 3-D star simulator (Mac only). Other resources available on this CD for the student research teams include: digitized video clips; images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other instruments; audio clips of astronomers discussing their work; computer animations and graphics; and full text documents such as book chapters, NASA publications, and articles from astronomy journals and magazines.

Application Goal

The goal of the Astronomy Village is to provide schools with a multimedia curriculum resource aligned with national education reform efforts. The Astronomy Village provides opportunities for students to engage in scientific inquiry, learn about stars and stellar evolution, and make use of NASA resources and data.


Students using NASA's Astronomy Village will:

System Requirements

Astronomy Village is available for Windows and Macintosh. Its minimum system requirements are: Astronomy Village also runs on Power Macintosh.


The new HTML revision of Astronomy Village is currently in beta form. If you are interested in testing the beta version, contact:

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Wheeling Jesuit University
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