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Is the supermoon really super?

Does the Moon ever appear bigger and brighter in the night sky? Find out as astronomer Tanya Hill from the Melbourne Planetarium explains why we sometimes see a 'supermoon'.

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A long history of the Moon

The Moon is a familiar object in the night sky and impacts life on Earth as it orbits our planet. Watch this animation showing how the moon has changed since its formation 4.5 billion years ago. See how the Moon's surface altered over time as volcanoes and asteroids created the basins and craters present on the Moon today.

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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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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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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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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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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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Patrick Auld's notebook of lunar observations, 1862

These are pages 4 and 5 of Patrick Auld's notebook of lunar observations made at Newcastle Waters, Northern Territory, on 19 and 20 April during explorer John McDouall Stuart's 1862 transcontinental expedition from Adelaide (South Australia) to Darwin (NT). There are three groups of sextant observations on the top half ...

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Our world: the rock cycle

This is a NASA 'Our World' video clip focusing on how Moon rocks brought back to Earth by astronauts have helped scientists understand more about how the main rock types of the moon differ from those on Earth. The human narrator is accompanied by a cartoon character, and rocks dressed as puppets. The role of the rock cycle ...

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Guide lites: distance to the Moon

This resource for educators details a practical activity using sports balls as scale models of the Earth and the Moon, and string to represent the mathematical relationships between the sizes and the distance between the two. Students use the known circumference of the Earth and distance between the Earth and Moon to scale ...

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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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Water found on the moon

Scientists have confirmed the presence of water on the moon. Rather than occurring in rivers or lakes, water is found sparsely mixed amongst rocks. It's suggested the water came from comets, or the combination of incoming protons with oxygen. Jonathan Nally described the latest experiments where spacecraft will be sent ...

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Future of the moon

This 4 minute video segment from Catalyst describes how Moon rocks may hold clues about the beginnings of life on Earth because of the lack of weathering and erosion.

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Earthshine

This six and a half minute video segment from Catalyst explains Earthshine as light from our own Earth reflected back from the Moon's dark side. A PhD student is studying it to learn about how light reflects from a planet that contains liquid water as well as land. Her work may one day lead to the discovery of other planets ...

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Solar system and space exploration

Visit the planets in our solar system. Explore space, check out the size of Mercury and Neptune, seek out life on other planets and walk on the moon!

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DIY Sun Science - iTunes app

Try some hands on investigations that relate to learning about the Sun. Follow step-by-step procedures, read through explanations to find out why things happened and also view related video clips. Free when reviewed on 12/5/2015.

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Living on the moon!

Imagine living on the moon! What are some of the essentials you may need that you take for granted on Earth? How would you source or access these necessities on the moon?

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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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At the planetarium: Phases of the moon

Can you name the different phases of the moon? Watch this video and learn about the phases, how long a full lunar cycle is and why the moon looks larger at times.

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Destination Moon: more missions, more science resource book

Produced for National Science Week 2019, this resource aims to inspire primary and secondary students about space science just as the Apollo program to the Moon did in the 1960s and 1970s. The book features past and emerging space-related research, technologies and ideas from the worlds of science, design, technology, engineering, ...