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Scaling down our solar system

Can you imagine how huge the Sun is, or how far away planets such as Saturn are? Watch this clip to discover how 'mind-bending-ly big' the solar system is. Presenter, Bernie Hobbs, scales down the the solar system to fit into a football field to demonstrate the relative sizes and distances of the Sun and planets. Find out ...

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Sites2See: Astronomy for secondary

A small galaxy of sites and resources, starting with Galileo's discoveries. Includes interviews and masterclasses with Australian astronomers, task-based laptop wraps, and images from NASA and Astro-photographer David Malin.

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And now for the Sun's weather ...

The Sun is the primary source of energy on Earth and plays a major role in the weather we experience, but how does it affect weather in space? Watch this animation showing what happens when there is solar wind, solar flare and even a solar storm. Find out about their impacts on our planet and on us.

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Sites2See: Astronomy for primary

A small galaxy of sites and resources, from Galileo making discoveries that changed our view of the universe, to new images and understandings from Hubble, on a page tailored for Primary students.

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Day sky, night sky [no spoken instructions]

Identify objects in the sky such as clouds, planets and stars. Look closely at movements in the sky during the day and at night. Explore facts about celestial objects such as meteors and Moon phases. Build your own sky scene.

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The immense power of the sun

The Sun is a star, and life on Earth depends on this powerful source of energy. The planets of the solar system, including Earth, orbit the Sun. Watch this incredible footage to see the impact of the Sun on the planets and the relative distances in space. Observe what the Sun looks like from other planets, including Uranus ...

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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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To Mars and beyond: the search for the origins of life

In this resource students explore our fascination with space, including Australia's contribution to rocket research and current developments in the search for life in the universe. This unit of work is based on an exhibition held at the Melbourne Museum and the National Museum of Australia.

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Threshold 2: The Stars Light Up

This short video gives an overview of the emergence of the first atoms, hydrogen and helium, 380,000 years after the Big Bang. The effects of gravity led to tiny variations in the density of matter throughout the Universe, which in turn became heated, resulting in fusion and the emergence of the first stars, galaxies, and ...

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Primary Connections: Night and day

This comprehensive teacher resource explores how the Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day, using a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. The sizes, shapes, positions and movements of the Sun, Earth and Moon are investigated, and shadow changes throughout the day ...

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'Catalogus stellarum Australium' (catalogue of southern hemisphere stars), 1679

This is a leather-bound book. The title page has the heading 'CATALOGUS / STELLARUM AUSTRALIUM' (catalogue of southern hemisphere stars). The spine (not shown) is stamped with gold lettering that reads '1679 HALLEYS CATALOGUS STELLARUM'. The volume has 47 pages, 24 of which contain charts on the longitude and latitude of ...

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Meteorites

This is an information sheet about meteorites, covering their sources, composition, classification, systems of naming and Australian laws governing their ownership.

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Australites

This is an information sheet on australites, a dark, glassy type of tektite. 

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Night and day

This is a unit of inquiry consisting of 12 learning sequences for year 3 in the English for the Australian Curriculum resource. Each learning sequence contains a series of resources, suggested activities to carry out with students and a post-activity reflection. The primary focus of this unit of work is a literature study ...

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Dr Karl discusses the Earth's heat

Discover the activities deep within the Earth that could seriously impact life on Earth far into the future. Watch this video to find out about the sources of the Earth's own heat. Dr Karl explains clearly just what is below the Earth's surface and what is happening there. As well, he talks about changes in the Sun and ...

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Rockets, Mars, Space Shuttles and Space Stations

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Discover how space exploration has developed over the years. Find out about different space missions and experiments, and a range of spacecraft from the early probes to more complex shuttles. Where do you think space exploration might take us in the future?</span>

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The Moon landing

Some say landing on the moon is as one of humanity's greatest achievements. Learn about the history of the moon landing and some of the challenges faced by scientists. See actual footage of the astronauts on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

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Meteorites, asteroids, orbiting and gravity

Learn how Galileo Galilei's work overturned Aristotle's ideas about falling objects and led to an understanding that Earth revolves around the sun. Find out how Isaac Newton showed that the laws of motion on Earth and in space are the same, and that he discovered that the gravitational force of attraction between any two ...

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How the moon influences Earth

Apart from tidal changes, the moon also plays a huge role in the Earth's climate and seasons. Find out how this large and close satellite of Earth makes it possible for life on our planet to exist. Discover how the moon was created and if it will always be there.

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A total eclipse

Eclipses occur when the Sun, Earth and Moon are perfectly aligned. Find out why an eclipse does not occur each month (the approximate time it takes for the moon to orbit the Earth). Use the animation to help explain how a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse occur.