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The Understanding the Universe Web site is part of Discovery.com's excellent educational resource DiscoverySchool.com site and is a joint effort with the American Museum of Natural History. This attractive site contains three major sections. The It's Awesome page has a time line of the universe that links to the Universe in One Year page -- a great way of learning the difficult concept of geologic time by showing that, if the history of the universe was compressed into one year, modern humans wouldn't appear until 11:54pm on December 31. The Galaxy Tour section contains descriptions of the Milky Way and other galaxies, and provides questions that are answered via RealPlayer audio files by Frank Summers, an expert from the American Museum of Natural History . Finally, the StarGazers section highlights pioneers in the study of our Universe, such as Copernicus and Einstein. For educators, the Teacher's Tip link gives a suggested grade level of 5-8 and describes how to use the Web site most effectively.
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