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This is a lesson about using the light from the star during an occultation event to identify the atmosphere of a planet. Learners will add and subtract light curves (presented as a series of geometrical shapes) to understand how this could occur.... (View More)

This is a collection of mathematical problems about transits in the solar system. Learners can work problems created to be authentic glimpses of modern science and engineering issues, often involving actual research data.

Keywords: Venus transit
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson about discovering distant planets using an Earth-based observing technique called stellar occultation. Learners will explore how a stellar occultation occurs, how planetary atmospheres can be discovered, and how planetary diameters... (View More)

This is an activity about the size of the Moon. Learners will calculate the diameter of the Moon using proportions. This activity is in Unit 1 of the "Exploring the Moon" teachers guide, which is designed for use especially, but not exclusively,... (View More)

This activity is about scale and distance. Learners will use simple sports balls as scale models of Earth and the Moon. Given the astronomical distance between Earth and the Moon, students will determine the scale of the model system and the... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free