Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.

In this video, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers Radmila and Brendan use a free computer program called Stellarium to find out where the planet Jupiter is in the night sky. They show how you can take a picture of it using a smartphone camera, what you can see through large binoculars and what details a large telescope can reveal. 

Key stage:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

Activity with instructions to accompany the video 'Making star trails'. 

Key stage:
Key Stage 4, Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

Students use the Doppler equation and angular momentum to calculate the mass of an orbiting extrasolar planet. Accompanies the video 'Alien worlds and the Doppler effect'.

Key stage:
Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

This video explains how we can measure the distance to near and far objects in the universe using parallax, 'standard candles' and the Doppler effect.

Key stage:
Key Stage 4, Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

Students calculate the age of a meteorite by looking at the half life of one of its elements - rubidium. Accompanies the video 'How do we know how old the Sun is?'.

Key stage:
Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

A classroom activity in which students learn how the rotation of the Sun can be measured through Doppler-shifted emission lines and estimate the errors associated with this measurement.

Key stage:
Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

In this activity students use star trails to calculate the true rotation period of the Earth. Students can make their own star trails inside the classroom - watch the video 'Making star trails'.

Key stage:
Key Stage 4, Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

Students use special relativity to calculate the effects of a black hole on time. Accompanies the video 'What's inside a black hole?'

Key stage:
Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

A classroom activity in which students predict and then measure the rotational velocity of material in a nearby galaxy, using their knowledge of gravitation and Doppler shifts to deduce the presence of dark matter.

Key stage:
Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

A classroom activity that explores light / radiation throughout the history of the Universe and how we can use light to learn about the most distant galaxies.

Key stage:
Post-16
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

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