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Astronomy Science Projects (42 results)

Astronomy is science that will challenge your imagination. How many stars in a galaxy? How many galaxies in the known universe? How many strange worlds are out there on other planets, orbiting other stars, and what are they like? Is there life on planets besides Earth? The distances are mind-boggling; the numbers are immense. Explore more of the universe with these astronomy science and engineering projects.

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The Kepler space telescope is a retired space telescope launched by NASA to discover Earth-size planets orbiting other stars. Named after astronomer Johannes Kepler, the spacecraft was launched on March 7, 2009, into an Earth-trailing heliocentric orbit. The principal investigator was William J. Borucki. After nine years of operation, the telescope's reaction control system fuel was depleted, and NASA announced its retirement on October 30, 2018. Designed to survey a portion of Earth's… Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Tinkering Above Average (this science project is for someone who enjoys setting their own objectives, working with large tables full of numbers, figuring out how to make complex software work properly, and has the persistence to overcome challenges)
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Material Availability This science project requires a computer with internet access.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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In astronomy, a transit (or astronomical transit) is a phenomenon when a celestial body passes directly between a larger body and the observer. As viewed from a particular vantage point, the transiting body appears to move across the face of the larger body, covering a small portion of it. The word "transit" refers to cases where the nearer object appears smaller than the more distant object. Cases where the nearer object appears larger and completely hides the more distant object are known as… Read more
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Tinkering Extremely High (this science project is for someone who enjoys developing their own procedures after extensive background research, figuring out how to make complex equipment and systems work properly, and has the persistence to overcome many challenges)
Prerequisites In order to do this science project, you should either already have knowledge of basic statistical analysis (histograms and scatter plots) or have a willingness to familiarize yourself with them.

The more you know about using a telescope and astrophotography, the better.

Material Availability This science project requires a computer with internet access and a variety of specialized software programs.

You will also need access to high-quality telescope with an aperture of approximately 8" or more (smaller aperture might work for a very limited number of targets) and a high-quality astronomical camera.

Cost Very High (over $150)
Safety No issues
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