Learning resources

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

Hubble's Law

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'.

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

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. 

Key stage:
Key Stage 4
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

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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?'

Key stage:
Key Stage 4
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

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. 

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

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'. 

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

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.

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

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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..

Key stage:
Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

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. 

Key stage:
Key Stage 4
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

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A classroom activity that uses mathematics to reinforce learning about resultant forces and acceleration. Accompanies the video ‘Newton’s Laws of Motion’.

Key stage:
Key Stage 4
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

Sky Away from the Lights © Tunç Tezel, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Earth and Space Commended 2012

A classroom activity that explores the how satellites are used in space including orbits time and speed along with transmission and frequency of light.

Key stage:
Key Stage 4
School subject:
Astronomy, Maths, Science

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