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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Space infographic
Aug20

Space infographic

Just a quick post. Saw this infographic yesterday and thought it was cool. Click to embiggen….  ...

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Solar System Scope : A 3D Space Model
Apr05

Solar System Scope : A 3D Space Model

Solar System Scope is  an amazing interactive 3D Model of our Solar System. You can zoom in and move the planets around the Sun to see how they move in relation to each other. You can switch between an heliocentric view, geocentric view or a panoramic view of the Solar System. Earth centred view is great if you then use the play controls to move the time forwards as you can see the how day/night changes across the surface....

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Space Shuttle Launch Video
Mar31

Space Shuttle Launch Video

I’ve been trawling the internet looking for some good videos to use in my PGCE science session next week. I want a good example of space shuttle or rocket launches to use as a scene setter – to give them an idea of something they could use with their pupils. And I found this rather amazing HD video of the Shuttle Atlantis being launched, which is just beautiful: I also found a few videos that include the countdown,...

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Scale of the Universe
Oct28

Scale of the Universe

Thanks to Drew Buddie (@digitalmaverick on Twitter) for sharing a link to a great resource that demonstrates the scale of the universe. Scroll from the entire universe, down to the Solar System, a human, and then even smaller, down to sub atomic particles. It’s a great way to visualise aspects of scale.You can see it here. This reminds me of a similar resource that I blogged about last year, the Cell Size and Scale interactive...

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Top 100 Astronomy Images
Oct09

Top 100 Astronomy Images

The European Southern Observatory has just posted their Top 100 Images online. Science teachers should definitely check it out! Each of the images is displayed as a taster thumbnail, and each links to a page with more information and larger versions of the image. If you are looking for “wow” images to use in lessons, or just want some different desktop backgrounds, then go take a look:...

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National Schools Observatory
Sep22

National Schools Observatory

The National Schools’ Observatory (NSO) allows UK schools to make free use of a professional robotic telescope designed for scientific research. The telescope is located on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, and is known as the Liverpool Telescope. When the Liverpool Telescope was in development, it was decided to allocate 5% of the observing time to schools in the UK and Ireland. As it is no easy task to control a...

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Solar System Model
Apr05

Solar System Model

Want to build your own model solar system? Here’s a handy guide to work it all out to the correct scale. Simply put in the size of the Sun and the website will give you all the sizes and distances of the planets. http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/solar_system/ And while we’re on the subject, here’s a great video that shows the sheer size of the solar system: And another which shows just how small our Sun really is,...

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The Known Universe
Dec20

The Known Universe

Via @DerrenBrown on Twitter. This amazing animation of the known universe would be awesome full-screen on your IWB....

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A Wow a Day With The Hubble Advent Calendar
Nov30

A Wow a Day With The Hubble Advent Calendar

I’m not sure if The Big Picture will be doing a similar calendar tomorrow, but as we rapidly approach December, what could be better than reusing their amazing set of images from last year. There are 25 jaw-dropping photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. Put a different one up on your IWB every day to provide a little Wow factor as the students come into the room. I never tire of staring at some of these images,...

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3 Quick Science Resources
Nov25

3 Quick Science Resources

A quick blog post to highlight three great resources that you could use to support your Science teaching. 1. The first is a very cool model of the Solar system that fits the entire Solar System onto one, very wide, webpage. Scroll from the Sun all the way to Pluto. The planets are shown to scale in terms of both size and distance from the Sun, unlike most models where the distances are squashed to fit the whole diagram onto the...

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