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Observational Astronomy for College Students

Easy enough for introductory astronomy students to learn to explore space and powerful enough for astronomy majors to capture objects for research.

Observatory Partner

Observatory Partner

Curriculum Partner

"What and how we can see is important for my students to understand the ways we look at the universe."

Prof. Kurt Messick | Ivy Tech

“Slooh taught me lessons on celestial coordinates and astrophotography which will carry into my career goal as an astrophysicist."

Michelle Park | rising freshman, Stanford

“I don't like online, kids spend too much time in front of screens, but Slooh is the exception."

Shawn Laatschs | University of Maine

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Student and Professor Success Stories 

Slooh in Action

Introduction to Exploring Space with Slooh


Yes! Our current capabilities include astrometry (tracking asteroids and comets positionally), and photometry (monitoring transient phenomena such as variable stars, supernova, comets). Astrometry is available to all college level students but photometric filters are not included in the introductory astronomy package. They are included in the package for astronomy majors which can be purchased through our education team.

Yes! Some colleges purchase for students and others prefer to have students purchase on their own. You can claim your free account and decide later which is right for your program. If you want to purchase for your students, tell us the number of students and we'll prepare an invoice. 

About Slooh

Slooh's Raison D'être

Our mission to connect humanity through communal exploration of the Universe. Learn how and why.

How to Use Slooh in 3 Steps

  1. Submit at right to claim your free account and our education team will follow up with account credentials. College astronomy professors only, please.

  2. ​​​Your account will include a link to distribute to your students for them to purchase accounts that will be associated with your account as per the pricing options below. (To purchase for your students​​​, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Get a Quote.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​)

  3. ​​​Review and assign some or all of Slooh's College Astronomy Quest learning activities to your students. These will appear in their interface upon logging in.​​​​​​ 

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Buy for Your Students

College Introductory Astronomy

$30 per student per year

Main Features Include:

  • Access all 60+ Quest learning activities including those aligned with college astronomy

  • Advanced access to Slooh's Online Telescope for entire school year

  • Telescope reservations for the top 1,000 objects

  • One advanced telescope reservation at a time, point at any object in the night sky

  • Access to FITS files for data analysis

  • ​Free educator accounts​​​​

Educator license + student accounts

The Curriculum

Designed For College Introductory Astronomy

Professors assign students some or all of the following Quest learning activities which are aligned below with chapters of the OpenStax astronomy textbook.

A Brief Tour

How Big? - How to convert between units while they learn about the difference in size objects are in the Solar System, Milky Way galaxy, and Deep Space.

How Far? - How to convert between units while they learn about the different distance objects are from Earth in the Solar System, Milky Way galaxy, and Deep Space.

Orbits and Gravity

In the Footsteps of Kepler - Planetary Motions - Discover Kepler's laws of planetary motion, its relation to Newton's theory of gravity, as well as planetary configurations and obliquities, while capturing the Superior planets.

Earth, Moon, and Sky

The Moon - Lunar Phases - Capture the seven phases of the Moon while learning about each phase and the reasoning behind their changing appearance.

Mystery of the Changing Moon - Capture the seven phases of the Moon while learning more about each phase than in Lunar Phases, including solar and lunar eclipses.

Radiation and Spectra

Light: The Language of Astronomy - Learn about and capture examples of celestial objects where light is absorbed, reflected, and generated from ionized gas emission and incandescence.

Astronomical Instruments

The Rulers of the Universe - Discover the relationship between physical and angular size using the field-of-views of Slooh's telescopes and two globular star clusters, which are standard rulers.

Other Worlds: An Introduction to the Solar System

Solar System Explorer - Learn about and capture examples of the different classes of objects that reside within the Solar System.

Cratered Worlds

The Moon - Lunar Features - Learn about 6 different lunar surface features and hunt for examples of each on their lunar captures.

In the Footsteps of Apollo Astronauts - Capture images of each Apollo landing site as they discover the fascinating history of Project Apollo.

Rings, Moons, and Pluto

In the Footsteps of Clyde Tombaugh - Recreate Clyde Tombaugh's steps for discovering the dwarf planet Pluto by capturing multiple images and animating them to see Pluto move with respect to the background stars.

The Sun: A Nuclear Powerhouse

Our Radiant Star - Learn about the Sun's surface features by capturing them over 3 days with Slooh's Canary Five Solar Telescope and discover how light is generated in the core and makes its way to space.

Celestial Distances

How Far? - How to convert between units while they learn about the different distance objects are from Earth in the Solar System, Milky Way galaxy, and Deep Space.

Between the Stars: Gas and Dust in Space

Nifty Nebulae - Discover the mechanisms behind the different kinds of nebulae using examples they capture in Slooh's Online Telescope.

The Birth of Stars and Discovery of Planets outside the Solar System

There Goes the Sun- Combine captures from Stars Like Ours and Out With a Bang to compare and contrast the evolutionary stages for low-mass and high-mass stars.

Are We Alone? - Learn about planet habitability, uncover the abundance of exoplanets.

Stars from Adolescence to Old Age

Stars Like Ours - Discover the lifecycle of low-mass stars, from galactic nebulae to planetary nebulae, and capture an example of each stage of stellar evolution.

Exploring Star Clusters - Learn about and capture different types of star clusters to understand their essential characteristics and physical features.

The Death of Stars

Out With a Bang - Discover the lifecycle of high-mass stars, from galactic nebulae to supernovae remnants, and capture an example of each stage of stellar evolution.

The Life and Death of Stars - A deeper investigation into stellar evolution where they capture an example of each stage of stellar life for low and high-mass stars.

The Milky Way Galaxy

Milky Way Explorer - Learn about and capture examples of the different classes of objects that reside within the Milky Way galaxy.


Milky Way's Doppelganger - Discover the steps humanity took to realize the Milky Way was a galaxy.

Mystery of the Island Universes - Learn about Hubble's classification scheme of galaxies and create a Hubble Tuning Fork diagram out of galaxies they capture.