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This is an activity exploring the connections between astronomy and culture. Learners will design their own constellation pattern based on the stars representing Ursa Major and write a short story to go along with their design. Then, they will share... (View More)

This is an activity about comets. Depending on the grade level of learners, either the instructor or the learners will construct a model comet using dry ice, ammonia, dirt, corn syrup, and water. This is Activity E-2 of Universe at Your Fingertips... (View More)

This is an activity about the apparent motions of Venus as seen from Earth. Learners will make a 3-D model using themselves, a light source, and a small white ball to visually understand Venus's orbital cycle and why it can sometimes can be seen in... (View More)

This is an activity about shape. Learners will investigate that the Earth is a sphere by comparing the length of shadows from nails arranged on a flat map compared to nails arranged around a spherical globe. From the observations collected, they... (View More)

This is an activity about the expansion of the Universe. Learners will use a special set of transparency and master sheets with dots representing clusters of galaxies at two different eras of the Universe's history. After aligning the transparency... (View More)

This is an activity about telling time. Learners will construct a northern-hemisphere star clock and will set their star clocks based on the position of the Big Dipper in the sky. Then, they will use their star clocks to predict where the Big Dipper... (View More)

This is an activity about cultural references to astronomy. Learners will create a list of products that have been named after astronomical objects, which the class discusses. As a homework project, they can search local stores or media for... (View More)

This is an activity about the Doppler effect. Learners will use long springs or ropes to examine the frequency and wavelength of various waves. Then, they will observe a demonstration of the Doppler effect for sound waves, using this understanding... (View More)

This is an activity about astrology and the scientific reasons behind the zodiac cycle. Learners will form a model by sitting in a circle, holding constellation signs, and placing a light source representing the Sun in the middle. Then, using the... (View More)

This is an activity about the expansion of the Universe. Learners will use a special set of transparency and master sheets with dots representing clusters of galaxies at two different eras of the Universe's history. After aligning the transparency... (View More)