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.
Activity with instructions to accompany the video 'Making star trails'.
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'.
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.
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?'.
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.
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'.
Students use special relativity to calculate the effects of a black hole on time. Accompanies the video 'What's inside a black hole?'
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.
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.