Learning resources

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

A Tainted Eclipse © Phil Hart, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Our Moon Commended 2015

In this video, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer Radmila demonstrates how the Doppler effect can be applied to finding planets orbiting distant stars in our galaxy called exoplanets. She carries out a short demo from which data can be collected and analysed and explains how these techniques can be applied to light and the hunt for exoplanets.

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

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.

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

Collisions and explosions in the universe - banner.png

On the smallest to the largest scales, collisions and explosions happen all over our Universe.

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

Exploring Moons

Our Moon is just one of many moons in the solar system. 

Key stage:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
School subject:
Astronomy, Science

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

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We know about the planets, moons and space rocks that make up our Solar System. But where did it all come from? 

Key stage:
Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
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

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

making star trails

Activity with instructions to accompany the video 'Making star trails'. 

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

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