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An eclipse of the Moon

The phases of the Moon and lunar eclipses occur due to the Moon's orbit of Earth, and its position in relation to both the Earth and the Sun. Watch this animation showing a model of the Moon's orbit, its phases and a lunar eclipse. Discover what a total lunar eclipse is and what causes the red colour of a 'blood moon'.

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Looking to the Moon

Use these tasks and resources to investigate how the Earth rotates and how its rotation affects what we see in the sky, in particular the views of the moon. Students explore the relative position and rotation of the moon to the Earth and use this to investigate why we only see one side of the moon.

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Total lunar eclipse

This is an overlapping slightly tilted (lower at left) and linear series of colour exposures of the full Moon at night during a total lunar eclipse. The nine symmetrically timed images clearly outline a circular dark central region about 2.5 Moon diameters wide, encompassing three coppery-red full Moon discs. The central ...

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Tet: let's get ready to celebrate

This is a teaching activity that explores the celebration of New Year in Vietnam (Tet Nguyen Dan). Included in the resource is an enlargable image, inquiry questions, suggested lesson materials, student activities and information about the importance of the full moon at New Year. There is a poster design extension activity ...

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Earth and space: student guide

This is a student guide about Earth's resources and the night sky and space that contains information and hands-on inquiry activities. It is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Earth and space science and Physical sciences physics content descriptions in year 7 of the science curriculum. The resource ...

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Earth and space: student digital activities

This is a set of student digital activities about Earth's resources and the night sky and space that contains a rich array of interactive activities, film clips and notebook questions to assist learning. It is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Earth and space sciences and Physical sciences physics ...

Teacher resource

Earth and space: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide about Earth's resources and the night sky and space that provides an overview of lessons including worksheets and assessment. It is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Earth and space sciences and Physical sciences physics content descriptions in year 7 of the science curriculum. ...

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Library Pack: Space Explorers

This is a teacher guide that uses two picture storybooks to look at humankind’s exploration of our solar system. It includes: an introduction and three specific reading activities that involve reading a picture story book and completing follow up learning activities or experiments. The titles of the books and age groups ...

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Dark side of the moon: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience is designed to investigate how understanding of the Earth and the moon has changed over time by examining the validity of the common anecdotal reference to ‘the dark side of the moon’. In the process the students discover why the moon undergoes a cyclic change in appearance over the course ...