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Observatories and Telescopes

These are images of some of the European Southern Observatory telescopes and locations. They include:

* View from above ESO's La Silla observation site in the southern part of the Atacama desert, 600 km north of Santiago de Chile. The site is 2,400 metres above sea level, providing excellent observing...

Nebulae

This resource contains stunning images of nebulae, produced by the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The images include:

* View of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), lying about 1,350 light-years from Earth, taken with the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.

* A...

Naked Astronomy

Produced by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), these naked Scientist podcasts look at physics questions in an amusing but also informative way.

The oldest light in the Universe • The Planck mission which measures the cosmic microwave background. • Mapping the surface of...

Molecules in Outer Space

In this activity, students use images, discussion and a team exercise to learn about molecules in space - leading them on to the possibility of life elsewhere in the Universe. Students should be able to explain that:

*new substances are formed when atoms combine

*substances with covalent bonds may...

Molecules of Life

This resource includes a suite of games designed to promote thinking, learning and understanding as well as being enjoyable and engaging. They are all based around molecules that play key roles in life on Earth.

In the MolyMod video, Steve Althorpe...

Models of the Solar System, Earth, Sun and Moon

Produced by Teachers TV, as part of the Teaching Astronomy and Space series, this video looks at the science behind our solar system and how astronomers are exploring it.

Physics teacher and solar astronomer Simon Foster explores how our understanding of the solar system has developed from early models that...

Model Cells

The cell is the smallest unit of life and for many millennia single celled organisms were the only form of life on Earth. It’s this type of life that astrobiologists are looking for elsewhere in the solar system. In this activity, wallpaper paste is used to build model cells Curriculum areas covered: • Cell biology...

Mission: Starlight

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry,  is about protecting astronauts from the effects of harmful UV light.

 

Students can experiment with different materials to discover which blocks UV light the best and can...

Micro-organisms in Space

From Teachers TV, this Inside Science video describes an investigation into MELISSA, an artificial eco-system intended for long-duration space missions. This includes discussions with astronauts about the role of micro-organisms in space travel, such as a two year mission to Mars. MELISSA, or Micro-Ecological Life...

Meet the EO Detectives

Earth Observation (EO) scientists collect information about the Earth – the land, the sea and the atmosphere – using sensors carried on satellites, aircraft, ships, buoys floating on the ocean and thousands of weather stations around the world. There is now a great deal of data available and scientists are finding...

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