00 Introduction

Welcome to the...
Asteroid-WISE Teacher Workshop
a collaboration of the NASA WISE mission and the Hands-On Universe project.

A. Workshop Structure

The workshop is based on 4 key questions (top level outline of the workshop):
  1. What are asteroids? 
  2. Why do we care about asteroids?
  3. Where are asteroids? 
  4. How do we find asteroids or see them in images? 
You can step through this online workshop using the left navigation numbers/titles.  They have standard expand/collapse behavior for easy use (click on the arrows to expand or collapse a title).
B. Get the Book

A key tool for the course is the
Asteroid WISE student book 
(click to download)
which contains the following chapters
(investigations listed under each chapter):

1. Beware of Large Flying Objects
2. Astronomers' Tools
    Using Star Maps (use Uncle Al's Star Wheels)
    Browsing the Universe
    (use image processing software)
3. Asteroid Basics
    How Do You Find An Asteroid?
    Make an Asteroid Movie
    What Does an Asteroid Look Like?
4. How Close Will It Come?
    Doomsday Scenario
5. Spinning Space Rocks
    Rotation Period Of An “AsterSpud”
    22 Kaliope Light Curve
6. Getting Involved in the Search
    Asteroid Search Campaign
C. Get the Images

You'll need certain astronomical images to use in conjunction with the Asteroid Wise book.
You can click to download:
All Images for Asteroid WISE
as a zipped file.

Credit: NASA/JPL/UMD - Deep Impact; 2005-09-06
D. Start a Portfolio Document
Start a document (on your computer) to keep notes and portfolio items: your AsteroidWISE portfolio document.
Please use .doc or .rtf format and give your document a filename of this form:
[FirstnameLastname]AsteroidWISE.doc (or .rtf).

As you progress through the workshop, you'll be asked to add material to your document.
will constitute your own portfolio.
each portfolio entry, indicate which page of the workshop it is for: e.g. "00 Introduction"
You'll be asked to keep note of the approximate time you spend on each section.
On completion of the workshop, you can submit your portfolio for "Workshop Credit,"
which may consist of graduate course credit and/or receiving stipend payment.

You may download other resources for this workshop on the Asteroid Resources page.