Astronomy for Beginners

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 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
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 

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:
Making a scale model of the solar system

Pinhole Camera 

Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:
Make your own pinhole camera for safe observation of the sun, and find out how it works.

Construct the Solar System 

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:
Make an accurate diagram of the solar system and explore the concept of a grand conjunction.

Perfect Eclipse 

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:
Use trigonometry to determine whether solar eclipses on earth can be perfect.