Simulate all sorts of fun (and historical) events in CELESTIA! Like this solar eclipse in 1922 that helped confirm Einstein's General Theory of Relativity! (1.6.x)
Or use CELESTIA to quiz yourself on the names of all the world capitals! (1.6.x)!
Remember: after clicking on the link directly above, in CELESTIA you can Right Drag its window with your mouse to rotate your view of Earth. Try it!
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The following will help you enjoy this page's 1.6.x and 1.4.1 links that run events directly in CELESTIA. If you're new to the program, these tips will also help you learn to use it.
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SKY-FUN / SKY-GAMES . . .
FUN, GAMES, PUZZLES, QUIZZES & MORE!
Now and then we all need to take a little break from our travels through space and time! Here is a page full of diverting interactive fun and challenges, which can help you recharge your "mental batteries" so to speak. And don't be a bit surprised if, while you are having fun, you also learn something along the way!
Remember: play responsibly!
JUST PLAIN GOOFY FUN
If you're on Earth, driving a vehicle on a another world millions of miles away isn't easy! Here's a simple but cool NASA simulation that begins to acquaint you with what is involved in remotely controlling a "rover" that's so far from us: Rover.
From NASA, here's Build a Rocket - Launch a Mission.
From NASA, here's the X-15.
From NASA, here's a great virtual handbook to the ISS: International Space Station Interactive Reference Guide
Here's a simple sim from NASA's Space Place that introduces you to How Orbits Work.
From NASA's Kids' Club, here are three images, each with four levels of difficulty. Put It Together.
Part of NASA's Solar System 101, here are 28 images, each with four levels of difficulty. The aptly named "insane" level of difficulty will test even the most able puzzle fans! Planetary Puzzles.
From NASA's Space Place, here are 53 images, each with three levels of difficulty. With their subtle color variations, many of these puzzles will prove a challenge to all! Spuzzled.
Another offering from NASA's Space Place, this one is like the old "sliding-tile" puzzles. With forty images, each with three levels of difficulty, these may be a real test of patience! Slyder.
From HEASARC at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, here's a puzzle of a different kind! A Universal Puzzler.
From NASA/JPL's Mars Exploration Program, can you find all the Mars-related words in the jumble of letters? Word Find Game. (Requires JAVA.)
Here's another word-finding game, this one from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Universal Chaos.
Also from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, here's a crossword puzzle: Phenomenally Pfun Puzzle.
Here's another word-finding game, this one from NASA's Space Place. The highest of its three levels of difficulty can be a real challenge! Comet Word Finder.
Also from NASA's Space Place, here's a kind of crossword puzzle: Weather Word Cross.
Here's a word-scramble game from NASA's Space Place. Can you Beat the Heat?
From CalTech's IPAC site, here's some old-fashioned Hangman with words from astronomy. (JAVA required.)
From NASA's Space Place, here's a new spin on an old favorite that tests your powers of recall: Spitzer Space Telescope Concentration. This one gets harder with each new puzzle.
From NASA, here's a similar game with alternating levels of difficulty: Aeronautics Memory Game. Level 2 can be quite a challenge.
Here's a similar, though more basic, concentration game from CalTech's IPAC site: Cool Cosmos Concentration
From NASA's Space Place, here are three tests of your quick thinking and quick reflexes:
Here's a cool NASA Space Place game that challenges you to identify objects with very little visual information: Pixel This! Hint: try squinting.
Think you've stayed abreast of your space missions? Try this mission quiz from NASA/KSC: Mission Quiz.
From NASA Kids' Club, here's Go to the Head of the Solar System.
From NASA/JPL, here's Cloud Quiz.
From NASA's Global Climate Change pages, here are some interesting quizzes to test your knowledge:
From NASA's Space Place, Solar System Explorer has three games that are only accessible from inside of it. Try them all! There is a lot of other info too!
From NASA's Kids Club, here's a good test of your prowers of observation and deduction: Star Fall.
From NASA's Space Place, here's a cute little game/sim that introduces currents: Go With the Flow.
Celestial objects look quite different under different wavelengths of light (electromagnetic radiation.) From NASA's Space Place, here are some excellent examples: Cosmic Colors.
Interested in political cartoons and humor?
Check out The HIPPLOMATS™.
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