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Published in 2017
Find out more about how our sun's position in the sky changes due to Earth's rotation, revolution, and tilt. Learn from the experts -- Dr. Alex Young and Dr. Nicki Viall explain these connections so students understand patterns within the Earth-sun relationship.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2017
Join us on the 2nd Thursday of the month (1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern) for eclipse webcasts. Webcasts feature information about the Sun, Earth, Moon, and eclipses.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2016
On July 20, 2015, NASA released to the world the first image of the sunlit side of Earth captured by the space agency's EPIC camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite. The camera has now recorded a full year of life on Earth from its orbit at Lagrange point 1, approximately 1 million miles from Earth, where...
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Published in 2012
The International Space Station Expedition 30 crew shot some truly awe-inspiring time-lapse sequences flying over practically every square mile of the globe.
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Published in 2017
A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth once every year or two. What is an eclipse? Learn more about how solar eclipses happen, the four types of eclipses, and how to view the sun safely if you're within the path of totality.
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Published in 2018
What is a lunar eclipse? What is a solar eclipse? This short video explains the difference between these regularly occurring events that can be observed from Earth.
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NASA is the hub of all astronomy science knowledge. This is a visual collection of all their space research -- from the moon landings to the outer edges of the Kuiper Belt. This is the NASA Visualization Explorer -- the coolest way to get stories about NASA's exploration of the Earth, sun, moon,...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Planet Earth 3D allows students to explore the Earth. The app features a 3D model of the Earth that students can rotate and explore. It also includes information about the structure and rotation of the Earth and a discussion of the moon and stars as well.
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From rivers that carve out canyons to tectonic plates that build mountains, our rocky planet Earth is always changing. In space, planets—with their own volcanoes and thunderstorms—whirl around the Sun. Earth and space scientists are dedicated to studying our solar system, from the moon...
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Students examine and analyze lunar phase data by creating and analyzing graphs that plot th data for different weeks. This activity can be used to explore lunar phases, but will not enable students to understand the causes of the phases. Students will create graphs depicting how the percent of the...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4
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Students will recreate the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo cookies. Round cream cheese crackers can also be used if cookies are not an option. The students will accurately model the shape of the Moon's phases using Oreo cookies and place the phases in order.
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"It is possible to measure the Earth's radius -- armed with only a stopwatch, a meter stick and a sunset or sunrise! Keep in mind; this is a demo, not a Fermi-like laboratory investigation. That said, this will yield surprisingly """"accurate"""" results given the kids don't mess up on the two...
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"Students explore the dynamics of lunar phases to develop an understanding of the relative positions of our Moon, Earth, and Sun that cause the phases of the Moon as viewed from Earth. Using a golf ball glowing under the ultraviolet light of a """"blacklight"""" makes it easier to see the phases of...
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Students use paper plates with various phases to create a three dimensional model of the lunar phases relative to the Earth and Sun, as both an assessment of their understanding and to continue to build a conceptual model through kinesthetic activities.
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The students create kinesthetic models of the Sun and Moon in the sky to better understand the relationshop between lunar phases and the time of day.
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Published in 2014
These drafts were written to help delve more deeply into the explanations and descriptions for why we have lunar phases; while the style is similar to other probes, these have not been through the extensive testing done by NSTA's assessment probes.
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Students gain a better perspective on the relationship between the size and distance of the Moon by creating a scale model. Students will predict and measure the size of the Moon relative to the Earth's diameter, and predict and measure the distance of the Moon relative to a scale model of the Earth...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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PDF sheets of moon phases.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"Investigate cool """"""""ologies"""""""" (disciplines) at New York's American Museum of Natural History site. There are tons of activities relates to all the """"""""ologies"""""""" and wonderful videos and information for elementary level children."
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Published in 2006
In this lesson plan, students learn about the Moon's changing appearance and how orbital motion causes the Moon's phases.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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