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BBC – Dimensions – Space

  • 19/08/2010 – How big are things really? This link takes you to the space page of a very interesting BBC site. Compare the size of the moon with any location on earth. There’s plenty more besides, so well worth a quick look. Would also be quite useful for comparisons in mathematics.


Cracked.com: 5 Scientific theories that will make your head explode

5 Scientific theories that will make your head explode

20/8/08 – This is a particularly mind-boggling page, with some interesting facts for teaching about space.  Just how big is the universe?

Right now, on your computer screen [click the above link to view], are approximately 10,000 galaxies.

Each of those galaxies contains anywhere from ten million to one trillion stars.

The average star is roughly a million times the size of Earth.

And yet, with all that junk, the Universe is more than 90 percent empty space.

All of that, in this tiny photo. A photo that took 400 orbits and 800 exposures to take.

And the kicker? The photo covers one thirteen-millionth of the entire night sky.

NASA Space Science Education Resource Directory

  • 28/6/08 – “The Space Science Education Resource Directory is a convenient way to find NASA space science products for use in classrooms, science museums, planetariums, and other settings.” Great starting point for teaching about space.

Life in Space: lesson plans

  • Life in Space

    28/6/08 – A sequence of lesson plans, ideas, resources and web links based on space and the planets in our solar system.

Animated Solar System

  • 30/5/08 – Useful for showing relative distances and orbits. Not as attractive to use as some others but you can zoom in and alter the angle.

Giant Stars – animated model of the solar system

  • 23/4/08 – A fantastic, animated scale model showing relative sizes of planets and stars.