Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.
are there aliens
Life began on the Earth around 3.5 billion years ago. Could life have evolved on other planets and if so where are they? Astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explain how we might detect them in this video.
Celestia is a spaceflight simulator that allows you to explore real astronomical data as you fly through space.
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On the smallest to the largest scales, collisions and explosions happen all over our Universe.
A drawing activity in which students visualise the elliptical orbits of the planets and, optionally, study their geometry using basic algebra.
Our Moon is just one of many moons in the solar system.
A classroom activity in which students learn about the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces and how they are considered when designing a space probe to land safely on another planet or moon. Accompanies the video ‘Newton’s Laws of Motion’.
Formation of the Solar System
A classroom activity in which students learn about the main steps in the formation of our Solar System by completing a crossword and creating their own comic strip.
how big is the universe
Royal Observatory astronomer Liz shows us the expanding nature of the Universe and how this affects the light reaching us from distant galaxies, some of which will remain forever hidden from our view.
Our Universe began 13.8 billion years ago and it has been expanding ever since. Is it destined to expand forever or will it suffer a more crushing end? Astronomers at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explain the fate of the Universe in this video.
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A classroom activity where students use distance, speed and time and light-years to calculate the time of travel to exoplanets. This accompanies the video 'Are there aliens?'