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Exoplanet Resource Guide

Updated on October 11, 2013 - 4:18 PM CDT
Posted on August 8, 2013 - 1:55 PM CDT

Tags: Higher Education | Print Materials / Products

The discovery and characterization of exoplanets is one of the most exciting and fast-changing areas in modern astronomical research. As a result, Astronomy 101 instructors have had trouble keeping up with the flow of new techniques, instruments and discoveries. To help, NASA missions, educational projects around the country, and scientists themselves have produced a wide range of materials that astronomy instructors (and their students) can use to learn about the latest developments. This annotated guide is designed to highlight useful materials on the web and in print. It was produced in consultation with NASA education specialists, who suggested some resources that may not have been well known.

We include only those non-technical materials that instructors around the U.S. are likely to have access to. Items were selected based on their level of difficulty (Astro 101 level and below), the likelihood of their being easily available for a college audience, and their usefulness for teaching and learning. Additions and comments are more than welcome and can be directed to: Greg Schultz: gschultz {at} and Bonnie Meinke: Meinke {at}

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Compiled by: Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College)

Coordination: NASA Astrophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum


This Guide is intended to support the higher education community by making relevant NASA Science Mission Directorate E/PO materials and other resources of potential interest easier to find. NASA-supported education products have passed NASA’s Education Product Review. The selection of non-NASA materials and any opinions expressed in the Guide are those of the compiler, and do not imply endorsement by NASA or the Astrophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum.

Comments about the Exoplanet Resource Guide and the needs of the astrophysics higher education community can be directed to the Astrophysics Forum Liaison to the NASA Science Mission Directorate Higher Education Working Group: Greg Schultz (Astronomical Society of the Pacific), gschultz {at}


The Exoplanet Resource Guide was produced in collaboration with the NASA Astrophysics education and public outreach (E/PO) community. We also gratefully acknowledge the exoplanet researchers and Astronomy 101 instructors whose input on the needs of the higher education community and available resources helped shape this Guide.

Contributing NASA Astrophysics E/PO programs include: Astronomy Picture of the Day, the Hubble Space Telescope, the NASA Goddard Astrophysics Science Division, the Kepler Mission, the Night Sky Network, Planet- Quest, and the University of Arizona / JPL Exoplanet Exploration Program Center for Astronomy Education.
The Astrophysics Forum is supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate under Cooperative Agreement NNX09AQ11A to the Space Telescope Science Institute, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, and Johns Hopkins University. Contributing Team Members: Higher Education Liaison, Greg Schultz (Astronomical Society of the Pacific); NASA Content Additions, Mangala Sharma and Bonnie Meinke (Space Telescope Science Institute); Image Caption Support, Bonnie Meinke (Space Telescope Science Institute); Graphic Design: Pam Jeffries (Space Telescope Science Institute).

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