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Chandra Images & Handouts DVD
This data DVD contains over 300 Chandra images that were posted to the Chandra web site from August 1999 through December 2007. Each image is accompanied by a short description, fast facts and many are available with flash zoom-in features. There is also a folder of Special Features (interactive flash pieces) and Chandra Podcasts (short audio/video content). request form

Blast From The Past: Historic Supernovas Poster
Since supernovas are relatively rare events in the Milky Way, they are best studied by combining historical observations with information from today. This cosmic forensic work involves interdisciplinary research by historians and astronomers, and can provide valuable clues about supernovas in our Galaxy in the relatively recent past. request form

Chandra Podcasts
Now you can take Chandra anywhere, be it school, work or play. Just download Chandra Podcasts to your portable MP3 player and go. Also available: High Definition podcasts.

Cycle 10 Education and Public Outreach (EPO) proposal winners
  • Access summaries and contact information for the winners of EPO proposals in Cycle 10.
Education Materials

  • Chandra LithographsChandra Lithographs
    New Chandra Lithographs are now available.
    Request Form | PDF Downloads

  • Chandra Explores 'Downtown' in the Milky WayChandra Explores "Downtown" in the Milky Way Poster
    Chandra's panoramic X-ray view covers a 900-by 400-light year swath of the Milky Way center. Explore some of the objects found in this field of view: the remains of shattered stars, pairs of orbiting objects, and the enormous black hole at the center of the Galaxy. request form

  • Stellar Evolution PosterStellar Evolution Poster
    This poster appeared as an inset to the February 2005 issue of the high school edition of the National Science Teacher Association's magazine, The Science Teacher. A web site with additional information on the topic has been posted on the Chandra public web site.

How to order copies of new and existing published materials

  • To order the Chandra Images and Handouts DVD, the Stellar Evolution poster or other published materials, access the on-line order form on the Chandra public web site.
  • Educators: To order the card sets for the Stellar Evolution module, access the special materials request form.

We need your results!

  • The EPO group is continually looking for interesting images and science results for a variety of EPO products and uses. Press worthy science results should be sent to the Chandra PAO, Megan Watzke ( If you have an image that you think would be useful as an image release, or to add to one of the topical sections on our public web site, or to use to illustrate an EPO product, please forward a version to the Chandra EPO multi-media coordinator, Kim Kowal Arcand, at Helpful information to include is the object name, Obs Id, and a short comment about the science in the image. We have a variety of needs which changes over time, and a large pool of candidate images is helpful.

Resources for talks and lectures

All sections described below are found in the Resources section of the Chandra public web site.
  • All publically released Chandra images have been placed on the web in PowerPoint and PDF formats, with links to the Press and Photo Album sections for background information. Go to the PPT/PDF slides.
  • Selected presentations in PowerPoint have been placed on the web. Included are basic overview presentations, topical presentations, and a "loop" containing 25 images. Presentations are in PPT and ZIP. Go to the Presentations.
  • A collection of animations and video clips has been placed on the web in QuickTime, Real Player or MPEG. Go to the animations and videos.

Reporting Public and Education Activities

  • If you have given a talk or participated in an education or outreach activity that included material about Chandra for a general audience, school group, or other public (non-academic, non-science community) forum, please use the EPO event reporting form and fill it in with as much detail as possible. We will include your contribution in the annual NASA report on Education and Public Outreach. If you have questions on reporting, send an email to

Classroom interest

  • A collection of topical, multi-media "special features" for browsing has been placed in the Resources section of the Chandra public web site. Many of the features utilize Flash. Go to the special features.
  • The Photo Album section of the Chandra public web site contains images and information about each publically released Chandra image as well as links to related information in other sections of the site including printable, one page handouts for each image. Note that images can be accessed chronologically, by category, or through the sky map. There is also a link to information about the constellations in which the sources are located.
  • The Field Guide section of the Chandra public web site contains continuously updated information about the types of sources observed by Chandra, organized into the same categories as the Chandra public Archive and Observing Catalog. Material in this section is updated to reflect new information released in press or image releases as well as general changes to established models and theories as a result of Chandra observations.
  • The Press Room section of the Chandra public web site contains the press releases that accompany the public release of selected Chandra images, links to the weekly observatory status reports, and links to interviews and biographies of scientists who work on the Chandra project.
  • Q & A and Ask an Astrophysicist contain topically organized questions and answers on science related to Chandra observations.