Black Marble – The Earth at Night Interactive Google Map
Dec12

Black Marble – The Earth at Night Interactive Google Map

Here’s another cool resource that would be great to show as part of a lesson about Earth and Space (or populations). The “Black Marble” shows the Earth in darkness with all the city lights twinkling away – showing just how spread out we all are in some parts of the world, and how concentrated we are in others. A NASA satellite captured the nighttime views with a special on-board camera. Apparently it took 312...

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Augmented Reality 3D Spacecraft on your IOS device
Dec05

Augmented Reality 3D Spacecraft on your IOS device

NASA’s Spacecraft 3D is a free augmented reality (AR) application for IOS devices that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft that are used by NASA to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe. From within the app you get the option to email yourself a pdf file with a special AR marker on it. Simply print this off and place it on your desk. You can then choose which spacecraft you...

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Moon Phases Animation from NASA
Nov21

Moon Phases Animation from NASA

Just a quick post to share this rather amazing video. This animation of the Moon has been put together by NASA and shows how the phases change in the course of a year. It’s quite mesmerising to watch, as you see how the moon gets slightly bigger and smaller and changes its tilt slightly over time. Would make an excellent way to start a lesson about the Moon – play it in HD and Full Screen. It’s wonderful....

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Mars Curiosity has Landed!
Aug06

Mars Curiosity has Landed!

While the world has been glued to the Olympics (myself included) NASA has just landed a one-tonne laboratory on the surface of Mars, which is rather cool šŸ™‚ If you want to , you can follow the Mars Curiosity rover on Twitter to get up to the minute information on its mission : @MarsCuriosity There’s a nice Launchpad Mars video on Promethean Planet here And for all the multimedia and other resources about this exciting mission,...

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Measuring the Universe
Jul02

Measuring the Universe

Here’s a cool film from the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. It’s taken from their micro exhibition ‘Measuring the Universe: from the transit of Venus to the edge of the cosmos’.  ...

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Space resources for your Interactive Whiteboard
Jun29

Space resources for your Interactive Whiteboard

If you are teaching a topic about the Space, or the Solar System, then there are many great tools that you can use on your interactive whiteboard to show your pupils what the planets look like and to demonstrate how the planets move around the sun in relation to each other. There are also some excellent archive sites for images of other galaxies and nebulae in deep space. Simulators and Explorers Solar System Scope...

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Interactive Transit of Venus Model
May16

Interactive Transit of Venus Model

The folks over at the Sun Aeon website have put together a cool simulation of the 2012 Transit of Venus. which takes place on 5-6 June. It’s a neat way to demonstrate what’s taking place when Venus passes in front of the Sun in ths very rare astronomical event. Take a look at : http://www.sunaeon.com/venustransit/ You can even get an embed code to host the model on your own school website or learning platform....

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Magnifying the Universe – visualise the big and the small
Apr22

Magnifying the Universe – visualise the big and the small

Here’s another cool tool to visualise objects and their relative sizes – from the very small to the massively large. Magnifying the Universe accurately illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to insects, nebulae and stars to molecules and atoms. Numerous hot points along the zoom slider allow for direct access to planets, animals, the hydrogen atom and more. As you...

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SunAeon – a solar system simulator for your IWB
Mar18

SunAeon – a solar system simulator for your IWB

SunAeon is a new solar system simulator from the makers of Solar System Scope and Sun Moon Scope. It allows you to explore the solar system, look at each of the planets up close and see how they move relative to each other. The planets are rendered beautifully although there are no moons (even our moon). I hope these will be added later. There’s also no additional information about any of the planets. You can switch between...

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New and Updated Scale of the Universe Tool
Feb09

New and Updated Scale of the Universe Tool

There’s a great new Scale of the Universe tool from the people who brought you the original Scale of the Universe tool that I wrote about last year. This one is clickable – and tells you a litle more about the different planets and objects you can see as you drag the slider to view bigger or smaller objects. I loved the original version, but this one is even better. Will work really well on an IWB in a science lesson. Take...

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Space and Moon Animations
Sep29

Space and Moon Animations

McGraw-Hill have produced some very interesting animations and interactives on the subject of Space and Earth/Moon. They appear to be aimed at KS5 and above, but you will find that quite a few can be used to demonstrate concepts lower down the school such as this Lunar Phases Interactive View the Animations here, and the interactives Here. Thanks to @jobadge and @psychemedia for the link via Twitter For KS2/KS3 don’t forget to...

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Explore Moon Phases with Sun Moon Scope
Sep15

Explore Moon Phases with Sun Moon Scope

Sun Moon Scope is an interactive tool looking at the Sun and Moon from the makers of Solar System Scope. It allows you to show the positions of the Sun and the Moon relative to an observer on the Earth, plus show what the phase of the Moon will be. You can play the animation to show what the moon will look like on any date. It’s possible to switch off the moon and/or the Sun, plus jump straight to certain dates such as the...

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