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Astronomical regulator clock - Charles Frodsham, 1865

This is an eight-day astronomical regulator clock made by Charles Frodsham and Co. of London in 1865.

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The biggest radio telescope in the world

In the past, astronomers explored the universe with their eyes and optical telescopes, but what they could see was limited. Find out how radio telescopes have revolutionised the way astronomers 'see' the universe, allowing us to explore deeper into space than ever before.Watch this clip to learn about Australia's contribution ...

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AWA radiosonde atmospheric measuring instrument, 1947-48

This is a radiosonde, an atmospheric measuring instrument, manufactured from metal, cardboard, fabric and plastic by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd, New South Wales. It comprises electronic components held within a waterproofed cardboard box that has been insulated on the inside. Printed on one side of the box is ...

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Leitz illuminator for microscope

This Leitz illuminator provides improved contrast imaging when used with a microscope. It was manufactured by Ernst Leitz and used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, Victoria. It measures 31.0 cm (length) x 12.0 cm (width) x 27.5 cm (height), and it is part of the CSL Collection at Museum Victoria.

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Photograph - Great Melbourne Telescope, c1870

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Great Melbourne Telescope at Melbourne Observatory, 1870s-1880s.

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Photograph - eight-inch transit telescope, Melbourne Observatory, c1890

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the eight-inch transit telescope erected in the East Transit Room at Melbourne Observatory.

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Thinning ice sheet

Discover that that the massive ice sheet in East Antarctica has been losing mass since 2006 instead of growing, as was previously thought. Watch animations to see how scientists from NASA and Australia are using satellite technology and aerial monitoring to investigate the thickness of East Antarctica's ice sheet. Find ...

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The amazing 'angle-a-tron'

Lost your protractor? Well, find out how to make an 'angle-a-tron'. This might just be the coolest mathematical tool you've ever used. Measure all sorts of angles. It's easy with an angle-a-tron!

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Australia's deep space research

Did you know that Australia is home to one of the three NASA Deep Space Network facilities? Watch this clip to find out about some of the ground-breaking research on the solar system being undertaken at the Tidbinbilla facility. Discover why Australia was chosen to participate in the Deep Space Network (DSN).

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Far out lenses

Look at the Moon through a simple telescope. Adjust the focal length of two convex lenses and compare the results. Explore relationships between optical variables such as focal length, position of objective lens, convexity, image inversion and lens size. This learning object is one in a series of two learning objects. The ...

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Reading between the lines

Test the vision of four people to identify vision problems: myopia, hyperopia or presbyopia. Compare effects of corrective lenses on reading at different distances. Look at a cross-section of the eye showing focal variations linked to a vision problem. Explore how common vision problems are by doing a survey. This learning ...

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Using 'Microscope skills' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea is an introduction to the knowledge and skills secondary students require to work with microscopes and to the application of these skills in practical science activities. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Optics and refraction: focal point

Look at light rays magnified by a lens. Notice how light converges after it leaves the lens. Examine how curvature and thickness of a lens affect focal length. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Optics and prisms

Position a prism to split white light into its component colours. Predict the seven colours that will be produced. Test whether the colours seen are affected by the prism material: glass, flint glass or diamond. Explore whether filters add or remove colours from the spectrum. This learning object is a combination of three ...

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Optics and prisms: coloured light

Position a prism to split white light into its component colours. Explore whether filters add or remove colours from the spectrum. This learning object is one in a series of three learning objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Using 'Light and vision' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explores the eye as a receptor of light. Students build on prior understandings of light relating to wave theory and particle theory, and move on to investigate reflection, refraction, optics and prisms. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Basic electric circuits part 2: measuring current with a multimeter - practical activity

In this practical activity, students measure the amount of current flowing in series and parallel circuits and explore the effects of adding different numbers of globes into the circuits. This experiment is the second of three experiments on basic electric circuits; in the first, students investigate series and parallel ...

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Energy resources: batteries part 1: the power delivered by a battery - practical activity

In this practical activity, students measure the power delivered by a battery to a globe. They may also measure and compare the power drawn from the battery by different devices, such as an LED. This experiment is the first of four experiments on energy resources; in the second, students measure and compare the power delivered ...

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Energy resources: How many blades should a wind turbine have? - practical activity

In this practical activity, students measure the electrical power delivered by a model wind turbine. They predict then investigate how many blades on the turbine deliver the greatest amount of power. The activity is the third of four experiments on energy resources; in the first, students measure the electrical power delivered ...

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Energy resources: What power can you get from a solar panel? - practical activity

In this practical activity, students measure and compare the power delivered by model solar cells connected in series and in parallel. It is the fourth of four experiments on energy resources; in the first, students measure the electrical power delivered by a battery, in the second, students measure and compare the power ...