Curriculum-linked learning resources designed to work in the classroom.
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.
Students look at the relationship between velocity and distance of a galaxy and what that means for the Universe. Accompanies the video 'How big is the Universe'.
Divine Presence (Northern Lights) © Ole C. Salomonsen, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Earth and Space Runner Up 2011
A classroom activity in which students explore the relationship between the distances of planets from the stars they orbit and their orbital periods.
stars_hs-2006-55-a-print_1224 x 800.jpg
Students learn about the transit method for finding planets and they use Kepler's 3rd law to determine whether the exoplanet Kepler-22b is habitable. Accompanies the video 'Are there aliens?'
looking for jupiter
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.
Star Trails, Blue Mountains © Ted Dobosz, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Earth and Space Winner 2009
Activity with instructions to accompany the video 'Making star trails'.
measuring the universe
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.
Join our Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers as they go on an epic journey to find out how Newton's Laws of Motion work in space. Buckle your seatbelts, you're in for an adventure..
Fighting Dragons of Ara (Galaxy) © Michael Sidonio, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Deep Space Commended 2011
A classroom activity in which students use data from NASA’s Kepler space probe to determine the size of an exoplanet.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012_Overall and Deep Space winner_M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy by Martin Pugh_UK/Australia_banner.JPG
A classroom activity that uses mathematics to reinforce learning about resultant forces and acceleration. Accompanies the video ‘Newton’s Laws of Motion’.