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"Meteoroids are pieces of rock that once were part of another celestial body. These pieces of rock can be of microscopic size to several meters across. When the rock enters the earth's atmosphere, it is referred to as a meteor or """"""""shooting star."""""""" If the rock strikes the surface of the...
Grade Level   8 9 10 11 12
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The Solar System consists of the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, meteors, comets, dust, gases and primarily empty space. These lessons allow students to engage in the scientific community of astronomers; students will be looking for asteroids using real scientific data collection by the Catalina Sky...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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"This lesson has been designed as an introduction to describing meteorites. Students will become familiar with meteorites by making a connection between the familiar (candy bars) and the unfamiliar (meteorites). This lesson is designed as a comfortable introduction to describing meteorites. Edible...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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"In this 1-hour activity, children, ages 8 to 13, portray our Moon's remarkable beginnings through a giant impact. Children color images of the latest scientific data depicting the Moon's formation to create their own comic strips of our Moon's birth. The children use different-colored balls of...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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"Pairs of children model how scientists use craters to determine the ages of lunar surface. One child keeps time while the other creates a painting for the other to interpret. Cotton balls coated in different colors of paint are thrown at paper to simulate asteroids striking the lunar surface over...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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Published in 1998
Bill Nye talks about comets and meteors. Season 5 Episode 15.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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Children model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons. By measuring the diameter of the crater area, children discover that the Moon's argest impact basins were created by huge asteroids! Like these huge asteroids, the water balloons were destroyed on impact and leave a splash (i.e., crater)...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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"This hands-on activity requires students to """"visit"""" different K-T boundary sites, evaluate the evidence at each site, find these sites on a map, and predict where the crater is located. It tests a diverse set of skills, including mapping, mathematical scaling, and interpretation of mixed...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2013
Why does the Earth have deserts? For the same reason it has rainforests -- Hadley Cells! Watch this video to see how Hadley cells create rainforests and deserts on Earth.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Plotted theoretical crater diameter sizes vs. meteorite diameters. Then, they worked backwards and determine the probable size of the 65 mya meteorite, the Barranger meteorite, and a few others by using Google earth to measure crater diameters. For providing some basic information from a meteorite...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2018
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Craters"""" is an active, hands-on activity that demonstrates how craters form, and what they can teach us about the history and composition of planets and moons. By dropping objects of various sizes and shapes into a tub full of sand and other materials,...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Fireballs in the Sky is the award-winning outreach and citizen science program that connects the public with the research of the Desert Fireball Network, based at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Together with NASA, the research project is expanding to become a Global Fireball Observatory that...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Shooting star party, anyone? Use this article from NASA's Space Place as a starting point to teach elementary and middle level students about meteors ad meteor showers. In simple, straightforward language, the article explains what these space rocks are, how they form, and the best times of the year...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2015
Meteor showers bring interplanetary debris, ranging from pebbles to boulders, into Earth's atmosphere. Find out how these dazzling displays come about.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Curates a mineral, gem, meteorite, ore and rocks exhibition, research, seminars; Location: New York, NY
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The Cincinnati Mineral Society is a non-profit association of amateur mineralogists and mineral collectors that promote the earth sciences, teach mineral appreciation, and participate in the collection and exhibition of minerals, meteorites, and other geological specimens.
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Geology is a fascinating and broad science that incorporates many other sciences! At the Museum of Geology, you'll find many compelling exhibits focusing on: PALEONTOLOGY - the study of ancient life, and MINERALOGY - the study of minerals, including gems, crystals, and the rocks they form. Our...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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