Asteroid Day - 30th June

On 30th June in 1908 the largest asteroid in recorded history smashed into Earth in Siberia. This date is now used as an opportunity to highlight the risks of asteroids to equipment in space and the Earth; and their positive effects such as their role in the formation of the solar system and asteroid impact sites providing precious metals.

This selection of activities cover all ages and look at how to survive on Earth after an asteroid impact as well as investigations into how speed affects crater size. For older students looking to save Earth from an asteroid impact the 'Our earth under threat' activity guides students through the necessary calculations to deflect an asteroid.



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Hitting the Moon

In this lesson, students will learn about solar system orbits and how asteroids can become dislodged and sent on a collision course with the Earth. They will then conduct an investigation into the relationship between impact speed and crater size in the context of Moon impacts. This activity is differentiated for...

The Incredible adventures of the Hera mission

This series of videos introduce NASA's DART spacecraft which was set on a course to collide with an asteroid Dimorphos in October 2022, to create a crater and alter its velocity. 

The series starts with 'Presenting Hera' a video introducing Hera, the asteroid detective, and its adventure to travel to and...

Our Solar System

This creative research project allows children working at primary level to discover our closest neighbours in space and develop their communication skills. Working in groups, children research the eight planets, comets and asteroids in our Solar System. They find out about moons and rings, which planets have them...

The Solar System - ESA video

This short animation film joins the alien, Paxi, as he explores the solar system. He enhances pupils understanding of the Solar system by visiting and discussing each planet in order, identifying asteroid belts and comets and exploring the Sun as an important star. He gives key important facts for each area...