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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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'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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Apollo 8 space meal package, 1968

This is a space meal package developed for the Apollo 8 mission and prepared in the USA in 1968. It comprises a six-item dinner, including five food items and one drink - all in a sealed clear plastic envelope. One of the food items (probably soup) and the drink are in plastic sachets fitted with two tubes - an eating tube ...

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Space suit in communications display at the Royal Melbourne Show, 1969

Colour image from the original negative depicting a male government worker explaining a space suit (worn by a mannequin) to a group of adults and children. Behind the mannequin is a display of posters, photographs and models relating to space exploration. The negative is 103 mm wide and 100 mm high.

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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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Dr Karl discusses mining asteroids

Imagine an asteroid, half the size of a football field, hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 28,000 kilometres per hour! Watch this clip to find out about Asteroid 2012 DA14 and whether it poses any threat to Earth. You will also discover why mining prospectors are keen to capture asteroids such as this one. Could the next ...

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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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Sending seeds into space

Why might we need to keep a collection of seeds from all over the world? Where would we keep a collection like that? Should we send some of them into space? Watch this clip to reveal answers to all these questions and more.

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Living on the International Space Station

What would it be like to live on a space station? In this clip you'll see footage of astronauts on the International Space Station and discover what their daily life is like. You'll also find out about how the space station was built and about some important research being done there.

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Living in space

Do you know that people have been living and working in space for more than 10 years? The International Space Station (ISS) orbits the Earth more than 300 kilometres above us. Watch this clip to discover what life is like in space and the type of research that is conducted there.

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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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NASA celebrates Aura's ten-year orbit!

Aura is a NASA satellite that in 2014 celebrated ten years orbiting Earth, collecting data about the planet's atmosphere and climate. Aura is helping scientists better understand global systems, including the composition of gases in the ozone layer, air pollution and climate change. Watch to learn more about this space ...

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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).

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Up, down and all around

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the changes that occur to natural, managed and constructed environments. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form ...

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Where does the sun go at night?

This sequence of resources focuses on investigating day and night, the movement of the sun across the sky, shadows and the moon. Observing the difference between the day and night sky and the movement of the sun across the sky at regularly time intervals provides data collection activities for students.

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Lunar eclipse: assessment

Test your understanding of the phenomena of lunar eclipses by manipulating interactive models in response to directions, by answering multiple-choice questions and responding to open-ended questions. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

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Eclipses: lunar eclipse [ESL]

See how the Moon orbits the Earth as the Earth orbits the Sun. Control the motion of the Moon in its orbit around the Earth. Work out how the Moon goes through different phases during a lunar month. Work out how lunar eclipses happen. Find out why different types of eclipses can occur. Find the connection between Moon phases ...

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Weather wear [includes spoken instructions]

Listen to a weather report on a radio. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions predicted. Sail in a yacht race.

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Light and shadows: casting shadows

Look at how a tree makes a shadow during a sunny day. Notice that objects always casts shadows that face away from the Sun. Examine how the shape and position of a shadow is related to the time of day and position of the Sun. Explore the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Position ...