As a former Kodak employee and a visual learner, I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures draw interest into almost any topic and at any age. They also raise curiosity in the unknown.
How can you explain to children the beauty of Saturn, of it’s rings, and of it’s moons without using a picture such as the one above? The look on their faces and the questions they come up with should be priceless.
Here’s a web page that has links to 61 web astronomical image repositories and has suggestions on how to start using them.
How can a teacher use this in the classroom?
How can parents use these pictures to generate interest in the study of astronomy in their children?