Stars

Solar Rotation

Students access and use real data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory to estimate the rotation period of our Sun. Students will use digital tools, make accurate observations and measurements, apply mathematical knowledge, and evaluate their results.

You can download the individual files needed for this activity below, or this zip file (9mb) contains them all. 

Red Supergiants

The Orion region showing the red supergiant Betelgeuse
By Rogelio Bernal Andreo CC BY-SA 3.0

Red supergiants have the largest radius of all known stars. They have low surface temperatures (for stars!) of below 4,100 K. This causes them to shine with a red colour. The star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion is a red supergiant.


Stars and Stories

Aimed at pupils aged 4 – 7, this workshop provides an opportunity for pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of our world in space, as well as other cultures. Pupils hear the story of Orion and the Scorpion and then create their own constellations, using art, design, and maths skills.

You can download the individual files needed for this activity below, or this zip file (9mb) contains them all. 

Type Ia Supernovae

Artists impression of Type Ia supernovae
Credit: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss

Type Ia supernovae are also known as thermonuclear supernovae. They involve a binary (or double) star system. Where one star is a white dwarf, and the other is usually a star like our Sun or a huge red giant star.


Nuclear Physics

Model of the atom with the nucleus containing neutrons and
protons, surrounded by electrons.
Credit: Indolences

Nuclear physics is the branch of science which looks inside atoms, to their nucleus, and sees what effect different interaction have on it.


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