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Listed under:  Science  >  Earth and space  >  Atmosphere  >  Atmospheric light  >  Auroras
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Aurora australis time-lapse over Antarctica

Sometimes called Southern Lights, the aurora australis is a wondrous lightshow seldom seen in the night sky. These auroral displays are caused by charged particles from the Sun interacting with Earth's magnetic field. View this stunning lightshow captured from Davis, Antarctica in 2012.

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Space storms

This 11 minute video segment from Catalyst explains how the sun can impact on Earth's power grid and satellite communications. This program also describes recent technology to study the sun and understand the causes of coronal mass ejections.

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Antarctic wildlife

What wildlife would you expect to see in and around Antarctica? Come aboard the Australian ice breaker Aurora Australis to find out. How have these animals adapted to the harsh environment?

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Directional design: classroom chair

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a classroom and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Directional design: cafeteria chair

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a cafeteria and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability, stylishness and hygiene features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and ...

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Directional design: computer lab chair

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a computer lab and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic needs. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Directional design: study lamp

Design a desk lamp that is well suited for studying and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as energy efficiency, stylishness and stability. Ask a family and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the lamp's appeal and usefulness by choosing ...

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Directional design: study desk

Design a desk that is well suited for uses in a home and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as storage and ergonomic features. Ask a family and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the desk's appeal and usefulness by choosing options for ...

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Directional design: computer lab chair [ESL]

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a computer lab and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Directional design: cafeteria chair [ESL]

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a cafeteria and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability, stylishness and hygiene features. Ask school staff and students which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Directional design: classroom chair [ESL]

Design a chair that is well suited for use in a classroom and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as durability and ergonomic features. Ask school staff, students and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the chair's appeal and usefulness ...

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Directional design: study desk [ESL]

Design a desk that is well suited for use in a home and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as storage and ergonomic features. Ask a family and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the desk's appeal and usefulness by choosing options for ...

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Directional design: study lamp [ESL]

Design a desk lamp that is well suited for studying and also has a low impact on the natural environment. Look closely at requirements in a design brief such as energy efficiency, stylishness and stability. Ask a family and consultants which design factors are important. Improve the lamp's appeal and usefulness by choosing ...

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The Aurora on the edge of the Antarctic iceshelf, c1912

This black-and-white image, developed from a lantern slide, shows the Aurora, a ship owned by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, anchored at the edge of the Shackleton Ice Shelf off the Queen Mary Land coast in eastern Antarctica. A group of emperor penguins is in the foreground and what may be the Southern Lights can ...

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Australian animals

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources is organised into four categories - communities of Australian animals, animals in art and stories, vertebrates and invertebrates. Images, including photographs, scientific illustrations and Indigenous art, depict some well-known and some lesser known Australian animals. ...

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An Adelaide park in 1928

This is an excerpt from 'Adelaide', a 1928 silent documentary made by the Australian Development and Migration Commission. It shows a tranquil, shady park along the Torrens River in Adelaide. People, mainly women and children, are strolling and sitting in the park.

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Levelling land at Parliament House, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of men and teams of draught horses levelling land in front of the provisional Parliament House (now known as Old Parliament House) in preparation for the development of lawns and garden beds for the House of Representatives garden.

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Bookcase, c1880

This is a free-standing pine bookcase, measuring 251 cm x 110 cm x 52 cm, made by an unknown craftsman in about 1880. The base incorporates two drawers and a double-door cupboard. The upper part has bookshelves that have been set behind glass-panelled doors. The timber used in its construction is Huon pine, which has a ...

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Console table, c1825

This is an elegant console table, measuring 93 cm x 129 cm x 59 cm, made by an unknown furniture maker around 1825 in Tasmania. Its elegance comes from the way in which the angular simplicity of the overall shape has been balanced by a variety of ornamental features and the slight curvature of the front legs. These two ...

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Tilt-top table, 1878

This is a spectacular round-topped wooden table made in Adelaide in the later part of the 19th century. It is quite large, measuring 76.5 cm x 135.5 cm in diameter, and could seat a number of people, but is generally regarded as having been made as a display or feature item. The deep undulating skirting that runs beneath ...