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NASA’s Universe of Learning connects users with NASA Astrophysics data by creating an authentic experience that enables the users to have a personal experience with the processes of science. Users are able to make observations and analyze the data in new and innovative ways.  

Within these data tools, users can immerse themselves in the process of science by:

  • Obtaining data like a scientist, engineer, or other subject matter expert
  • Interacting with the data through coding and processing
  • Interpreting what the data show

For more information or how to get involved, please contact info@universe-of-learning.org.


The AstroPix logo, and screen capture of image collections from the website


A one-stop shopping experience that makes finding the right astronomy image easier than ever! AstroPix offers access to the public image galleries of many of the leading astronomical observatories under a single unified interface. Images are organized by featured topics, image type, telescope, subject, and electromagnetic spectrum band.

Audience: All Learners

Data tool: AstroPix website

Laboratory for the Study of Exoplanets signature, and screen captures of a transiting exoplanet from the online activity

Laboratory for the Study of Exoplanets

The Laboratory consists of mini-labs that introduce users to the nature of science. Each lab station has a key take-home message supported by reasoning from models; making predictions; gathering evidence using online telescopes; and learning how to display, assess and interpret their own authentic data. This project is an excellent way to review and apply core ideas about gravity, orbits, systems, Earth's place in space, and other parts of physical science.

Audiencel: Middle School to High School Age

Data tool: Laboratory for the Study of Exoplanets project

Global Telescope Network signature, the GORT telescope, and sample astronomical images from the project

Global Telescope Network

The Global Telescope Network (GTN) is a network of small telescopes around the world of amateur and professional astronomers. Using NASA Astrophysics data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, Swift, and XMM-Newton missions, users obtain and reduce ground-based observations of objects related to the goals of these NASA missions. The optical, ground based observations are then combined with the higher energy data collected by space-borne observatories.

Audience: High School Age

Data tool: The Global Telescope Network

Observing with NASA signature, and a sample astronomical image from the online tool


NASA's space science researchers control some of the world's most sophisticated space probes and orbiting telescopes to get amazing images of objects in space. Now YOU can join them by operating your OWN ground-based "MicroObservatories" - real robotic telescopes that you command through this website!.

Audience: All Learners

Data tool: Observing with NASA project

The Science Olympiad logo, and screen capture about stellar evolution from the website

National Science Olympiad Partnerships

Science Olympiad requires preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year, much like a sports team.  Each school-based team is made up of a maximum 15 students that study across the spectrum of science topics. NASA’s Universe of Learning supports the Astronomy event for high school age students with webinars, PowerPoints, and example test materials.

Audience: Middle School to High School Age

Data tool: Science Olympiad science competition website
Additional material: Science Olympiad Astronomy resources

Project PANOPTES logo, and sample photographs of the observatory that could be built by project participants


Project PANOPTES (Panoptic Astronomical Networked Optical observatory for Transiting Exoplanets Survey) provides anyone interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a unique opportunity to participate in a global citizen science project. Using relatively inexpensive components, anyone can build and operate an autonomous observatory that will identify exoplanet candidates for further investigation. PANOPTES presents participants with an opportunity to become involved at all levels within an exoplanet discovery project.

Audience: High School Age

Data tool: PANOPTES citizen science project

Recoloring the Universe signature, and a screen capture with code from the online tool

Recoloring the Universe

Students with no prior coding experience can learn how to use computers to create images and understand astronomical data. Participants learn basic coding, starting with familiar objects and simple concepts such as shape and color, graduating to astronomical objects. Following a scaffolded set of activities, and working with data from NASA's space telescopes on sources from exploded stars and star-forming regions to galaxies and black holes, participants can experience real world application of science, technology, and even art.

Audience: High School Age, Amateur Astronomers, Undergraduate

Data tool: Recoloring the Universe (with Pencil Code) project