In this lesson students examine celestial objects, their relative size and scale and how they fit into the cosmic scheme of things.
Display these images:
Ask students to brainstorm what they know about the images shown. Ask them what celestial objects the images show, and to suggest other celestial objects they may know about.
Have students use the learning object The wonders of our universe: space traveller to begin to appreciate the scale of the universe and the size of objects in it.
Go to the head of the solar system, NASA, game.
Cosmic survey: what are your ideas about the universe? Harvard Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics
The wonders of our universe: space traveller, NDLRN
Celestia, shatters.net. Space simulation software to explore the universe in 3-D
Eyes on the solar system, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA. 3-D learning object of NASA mission data
Image of the day gallery, NASA. Assorted images
WinStars 2, winstars.net. Software program for 3-D images of celestial objects
This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.