Astronomy for Beginners

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Astronomy for beginners

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences - human beings have always been fascinated by what they see in the sky above them. These resources will help you to find out more.

Observing the Sun and the Moon link

Observing the Sun and the Moon 

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.

Make Your Own Solar System link

Make Your Own Solar System 

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Making a scale model of the solar system

Pinhole Camera link

Pinhole Camera 

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.

Construct the Solar System link

Construct the Solar System 

Stage: 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.

Perfect Eclipse link

Perfect Eclipse 

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.