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

GCSE Astronomy

A6: Use a shadow stick to record the Sun's direction.B6: Compare the time on a sundial with local mean time.

Key stage:
GCSE
School subject:
Astronomy

GCSE Astronomy

Use repeated observations or long-exposure photos of the faintest stars to quantify the effect of light pollution.

Key stage:
GCSE
School subject:
Astronomy

GCSE Astronomy

Use pinhole or telescope to project the Sun's image; record Sunspots to determine the Sun's rotation period.

Key stage:
GCSE
School subject:
Astronomy

GCSE Astronomy

Use estimates of the magnitude of a variable star over time to determine its period.

Key stage:
GCSE
School subject:
Astronomy

GCSE Astronomy

Produce detailed drawings/photos of at least three Messier/NGC objects.

Key stage:
GCSE
School subject:
Astronomy

GCSE Astronomy

Use long-exposure photos of circumpolar stars to determine the length of the sidereal day.

Key stage:
GCSE
School subject:
Astronomy

GCSE Astronomy

Hello stargazers! On this page you will find free worksheets and coursework guides to help you with GCSE Astronomy, along with suggested videos to watch. 

Key stage:
GCSE
School subject:
Astronomy

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.

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

how do we know how old the sun is

ROG astronomer Brendan explains how we determine the age of our Solar System from space rocks and how we can work out how long the Sun has left before it engulfs the inner planets.

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

Universe end1.png

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.

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

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