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David- I found that when teaching middle schoolers about astronomy they don't all get into it. Some of it is because they can't seem to "relate" to the topic- because you can't make a real connection with something that is so far away. What I like about the site you shared is a way for students to make a personal connection to a star - I shared my result below- I know that I am going to see if I can take a closer look for my star.
I hope that others will share other sites that have allowed their students to get "closer" to a topic.
I find my students respond well to interactives. There are a lot of Astronomy interactive activities at the GeoAstro Applet collection. I think one reason my middle school students enjoy these activities is how similar they are to playing video games.