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TRUMP Part 5: Telescopes and Instruments

This part of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with the design and performance of astronomical telescopes and instruments. Like all other parts of the TRUMP package, this part contains study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching notes and photocopiable student sheets.

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TRUMP Part 4: Planets and Orbits

This part of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with historical and modern observations of planets and their orbital motions. Like all other parts of the TRUMP package, this part contains study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching notes and photocopiable student sheets.

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TRUMP Part 3: Star Formation and Evolution

This part of the TRUMP Astrophysics resource package dealt with the formation, evolution and 'death' of stars. Like all other parts of the TRUMP package, this part contains study notes (self-study material for teachers), teaching notes and photocopiable student sheets.

This part formed a sequel to Part 2 of...

The Transit Method

In this activity, developed by the Institute of Physics, students use a lamp and polystyrene balls to model how astronomers detect exoplanets using the transit method. After completing this activity, students should: *Understand that the transit of a planet in front of its star temporarily reduces the star’s...

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 Life Cycle of Stars: the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

This Teaching Astronomy and Space video clip, from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), shows how students can be engaged with the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, which is used to illustrate the properties of different types of stars. This is achieved...

The Great British Space Dinner - Secondary Resource

The Great British Space Dinner Challenge contains nine lessons:

Lesson 1: All Aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Sets the scene with a brief introduction the ISS and the Great British Space Dinner Challenge. Students develop a brochure about the ISS suitable for...

Where Would You Photograph? (14-16)

In this activity students take on the role of Earth observation scientists submitting a request for an image they would like for their research. This gives them the opportunity to consider the possibilities of pictures taken from orbit (and the limitations) and to write scientifically for a specific audience. It...

Where Would You Photograph? (7-11)

In this activity children take on the role of Earth observation scientists submitting a request for an image they would like for their research. This gives them the opportunity to consider the possibilities of pictures taken from orbit (and the limitations) and to write scientifically for a specific audience. It...

Spectra

This resource contains two activities and accompanying teachers’ notes.

Spectra: A tale of two elements
Students must analyse data and review scientific ideas to explain observations made of the spectrum of the Sun.

Spectra: Solar fingerprints...

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