3rd October 2003 at 01:00
Use the internet to source photos of the Earth, Moon, planets and stars, and for the latest news about space exploration and graphics of the Earth's movement in the solar system. Here are a few of the many available:

Can you stand an egg on end during the vernal equinox? To find out if rumours such as this are true, visit the Bad Astronomy site, which is dedicated to fighting the spread of misinformation.


Visit the Beagle 2 site for news of the British contribution to the Mars Express mission, which is on its way to the red planet. Parts of the site are dedicated to explanations concerning the project and science and technology. A resources area provides a photo album of the project so far.

The British National Space Centre's site is stacked with interesting information. The education pages include an animated exploration, and downloadable worksheets and lesson plans suitable for key stage 2 and above.

The National Space Centre has a range of downloadable resources in the educational materials area of the education zone. These are aimed at supporting a visit to the centre, but also help with curriculum requirements from KS1 to KS4.

Schools' Observatory is a clever scheme that allows schools to use telescopes sited around the world, including some where it's dark in our daytime. Registration fee: pound;45.

Sky At Night is based on the BBC's longest-running television series of the same name. The site contains episodes of the programme, interviews and features from astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, archive clips, space news and other useful information. There is also a simulated tour of the solar system.

Space is a professional site that's always up-to-date with details of launches, comets and meteorite showers. It also has a great gallery of space photos.

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