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Prepare your own Solar Cell

Renewable energy is generally considered as being from an energy resource that is replaced rapidly by a natural process such as power generated from the sun or from the wind. Most renewable forms of energy, other than geothermal and wave power, ultimately come from the sun. Visible light can be converted directly...

Plotting the Rotation Curve of M31

In this activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, students use real data, taken from a scientific paper, to plot the rotational curve of M31 (Andromeda), our neighbouring spiral galaxy. They will look at Kepler’s third law to predict the motion of stars around the centre of M31. They will then measure the...

Planck Surveyor: Echoes of the Early Universe

From the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this poster describes the Planck mission that is enabling scientists to map ripples in the electromagnetic echo of the Big Bang, across the entire sky, to build up a picture of the early Universe in unprecedented detail. The resource looks at: * The...

Particle Physics: a Physics Kit

This resource, produced by SEPNet and Queen Mary University of London, uses Lego to represent the building blocks of matter. Different colour Lego bricks are assigned to different quarks and leptons. The quarks can be put together to make hadrons, such as protons and neutrons. The blocks can also be used to show...

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...

Medical Imaging

A Catalyst article about microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet and X-rays which are all electromagnetic waves. The article looks at their different uses and why some are used to create medical images and others to treat disease. The article also explores how the electromagnetic spectrum is used by medical physicists to...

Measuring Distances in the Universe

These activities are produced by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the European Space Agency. They are a series of excercises in which students use real data to measure astronomical distances, one of the most basic problems in modern astrophysics.

The students apply different methods to determine...

Materials for Space Travel

This Catalyst article investigates materials that are used in space travel. It discovers that they must be designed and tested to ensure they will protect astronauts from radiation and the vacuum of space. 

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 26, Issue 2.

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