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The Search for WIMPs

From the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this brochure describes the leading role played by UK scientists and engineers at universities, observatories and research council establishments in the search for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs). The UK's dark matter experiment, at Boulby Mine...

The Rotational Period of the Sun

This activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, introduces students to ways of combining errors (uncertainties) from two independent measured quantities. Using the equation for Doppler shift, the error in the rotational velocity and time period are calculated.

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The Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula reveals many of its hidden secrets in the dramatic images taken by the European Southern Observatory's VISTA survey telescope. This video showcases some of them and describes some of the processes occurring in the Orion nebula. VISTA (the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy) is...

The Life Cycle of Stars

In this Teaching Astronomy and Space video, produced by the Institute of Physics, Teachers TV and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), astronomer Tim O'Brien, from Jodrell Bank Observatory, explains how astronomers believe a star is born, lives and dies. Tim compares the life of stars like our Sun...

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

From the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the 'Big questions, big experiment' wall chart describes the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. It looks at the "big questions" about our Universe that scientists are trying to answer, and how the amazing LHC will help them to do so. The 'Tunnel to the...

The Benefits of Bringing Space to the Classroom

Filmed at the ESERO-UK Secondary Conference, in 2014, this video shows teachers talking about the benefits of attending the conference, networking with other teachers and learning about the different contexts that can be used to teach STEM subjects. The video also features UK European Space Agency astronaut Tim...

The Age of the Universe

This activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, looks at Hubble’s law, whereby students use real data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to plot a graph from which they can obtain the Hubble constant. Students then look at the possible sources of error in their data and use this to calculate the uncertainty in...

Stonehenge and Ancient Astronomy

From the Royal Astronomical Society, this booklet describes how the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge appears to be an ancient astronomical observatory. In recent years, by combining evidence from archaeology and astronomy, some researchers believe that the monument could have been an observatory, calendar or...

Very Large Telescope

From the European Southern Observatory (ESO), this video describes the construction and work of the Very Large Telescope (VLT). The VLT was made in Europe and will be erected on Cerro Paranal, a 2,640 metre high mountain in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. This video describes the VLT project and some of the...

Spaceflight History: High Altitude Parachute Test

Produced by FootageVault, and using original NASA video, these clips chart the first high altitude balloon flight of Joe Kittinger during Project Excelsior. This was a series of high-altitude parachute jumps made in 1959 and 1960 to test the Beaupre multi-stage parachute system. The final...

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