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Earth and Space are a part of the Science curriculum in many countries. An understanding of the planets, stars, galaxies, the milky way, solar system and the universe helps you develop a real understanding of where we as humans on earth fit in the bigger picture. It also can teach you that many things in life do have a rational explanation. A knowledge of astronomy, the oldest of all the natural sciences, can intersect with Math, literature and even mythology!

Star gazing on a beautiful clear night is fun and can be a chilled out and fascinating hobby for the whole family! Binoculars are often cheaper, lighter and are often more beneficial for children than telescopes since they don't need to be set up.

This knowledge is also fascinating in many ways and can lead to a lifelong love of astronomy. It might help you get a job too! Jobs as an astronomer are extremely competitive, though, and you would need to be very good at math, physics and computing and be very dedicated over many years to follow your dream. But if you want to be involved in the field of astronomy there are plenty of trades such as computer scientists, hydraulic and electric engineers and telescope technicians that can get involved without going through all the inevitable years of research and dissertations for a job as an astronomer.

Some of the key things to learn about earth and space are :

  • Safety: Never look at the sun even with sunglasses on
  • The nominal shapes of the moon, the earth and the sun are spheres
  • The speed of light, light years and distances across space
  • How the moon moves relative to the earth
  • How the earth move relative to the sun
  • How day and night are just part of the earth's rotation and different parts of the world have day and night at different times
  • What the names of the planets around the sun are and in what order from the sun
  • How many moons are around each of the planets
  • Some of the key scientists and the history of the various universe models
  • How to make and use sundials
  • What the earth and its atmosphere are made of
  • Carbon dioxide and Global warming
  • Gravity on earth versus the moon

Below we have a list of fascinating, fun and interactive games and training activities, tests and quizzes to increase your knowledge of earth and space and to help you understand how we fit into this vast, beautiful universe of ours!

 

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"Space themed Electronic Colouring Book" activity for younger children ages 5 - 7

"Space themed Electronic Colouring Book" activity for younger children

Fifteen pages that you can colour online and then print. Choose your colour of crayon (or eraser if you make a mistake), colour in the online picture and then hit the print button. Various pages include the 'Professor Visiting the Asteroids', 'Astro Dog ready for Space', 'A Telescope helps us to see Planets and Stars',....Read More

 


"Earth Sun and Moon" Game ages 7 - 11

"Earth Sun and Moon" Game

The Slitheen have tried to use Gravity to try and smash the Moon into the Earth! Your mission is to try and put all the Orbits of the Earth, Sun and Moon back together correctly because they are raging out of control. See if you can stop them at the correct rate to put them all back together correctly. Once you've completed the mission....Read More

 


"Astro Adventure" Revision Notes ages 7 - 11

"Astro Adventure" Revision Notes

Go for a space ride and find out all about the solar system (including the planets). Note from 2006, Pluto was no longer classified as a planet and is now a dwarf planet so these Notes are a little out of date. After that, find out about the earth and how we get day and night. Learn all about shadows and also how we get the seasons. Next....Read More

 


"Gravity Launch" Space Game ages 9 - 14

"Gravity Launch" Space Game

Can you give your rocket the correct thrust and angle parameters to mount a successful launch mission to orbit Planet Earth and then achieve a successful docking on the Space Station? There are five missions and they are in order of difficulty. Gravity on the Earth and the Moon is....Read More

 


"Sun Quiz" ages 9 - 14

"Sun Quiz"

How many facts do you know about our own Sun? There are 8 multiple choice questions on some fascinating pieces of scientific information about the Sun. Choose the correct definition out of the available four options. If you get all 8 questions correct you get to....Read More

 


"Solar System Explorer" Game ages 9 - 12

"Solar System Explorer" Game

This scenario contains three NASA mission mini-games. For the other items you can explore the planets and their moons, asteroids and comets to reveal some fascinating facts. Game 1 is the 'Juno memory Game' on Jupiter. Game 2 is 'Cassini Commander' near Saturn where you must avoid all of the asteroids and moons and fly through Saturn's....Read More

 


"Black Hole Rescue" Game ages 9 - 14

"Black Hole Rescue" Game

Pick out the letters in the correct order as they fall into the black hole to spell the words you are given. You can speed up or slow down the swirling with the Time Warp button and you can use the 'zapper' to zap the incorrect letters to stop them....Read More

 


"Shields Up" Space Weather Game ages 9 - 14

"Shields Up" Space Weather Game

The aim of the game is to protect the orbiting Earth's satellites from getting destroyed by bad space weather caused by Solar Storms and charged particles. You can shield with your 'limited energy shields' to stop them getting damaged. They are robust enough to take some damage from the Space Weather but once the Satellite's....Read More

 


"Comet Quest" Game ages 9 - 14

"Comet Quest" Game

Follow the 4 Training Missions to Pilot the Rosetta Spacecraft, Deploy the Lander, Record Discoveries, Avoid Hazards and Transmitting Data to Earth before playing the game for real. Once you have landed the 'Lander', gather and then transmit critical Comet data back to Earth. Speed up and slow down to get into the....Read More

 


"Satellite Insight" Game ages 9 - 16

"Satellite Insight" Game

The GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) orbits earth once per day and collects Weather Data and information about the Sun. There are 6 Types of data that need to be collected by the GOES-R (the new Series R-GOES). These are Cloud Data from the Advanced Baseline Imager, Solar Energy Data from the Solar UltraViolet....Read More

 


"Black Hole Printable" Board Game ( 6 x A4 sheets) ages 9 - 13

"Black Hole Printable" Board Game ( 6 x A4 sheets)

Why not become the very first person to discover a black hole and live to tell the tale! You get to visit radio telescopes in the New Mexico desert and the NASA's Pasadena Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After blasting off into space you can take a look at the Earth-orbiting Japanese VSOP....Read More

 


"Slyder Infra-red Universe" Picture Tile Game ages 9 - 14

"Slyder Infra-red Universe" Picture Tile Game

The aim of the game is to solve the puzzle by moving the tiles to reveal a great space picture! Choose an image from the beautiful gallery and choose a difficulty level ('easy' = 3 tiles x 3 tiles, 'medium' = 4 tiles x 4 tiles, 'hard' = 5 tiles x 5 tiles). Choose from pictures sure as star forming fingers, cosmic fireworks, a starry....Read More

 


"Spitzer" Space Telescope Concentration Game ages 9 - 14

"Spitzer" Space Telescope Concentration Game

Find the matching tiles in this pairs matching game with a difference. There are beautiful space scenes including pictures of galaxies interacting, 'IR Coronet' showing young stars and the gas and dust which form the stars, 'Snake' showing how gravity has pulled 50 young stars close to each other and 'RCW 108....Read More

 


"Earth, Sun and Moon" Game ages 9 - 10

"Earth, Sun and Moon" Game

Have a play with time in this interactive sun, earth and moon demonstration to show how the earth and moon orbit the sun. Toggle the times to see if you can get the Earth to perform one complete orbit round the Sun. Vary the time to make the earth rotate one full turn around its own axis and see how many hours it takes. Then try....Read More

 


"Earth and Beyond" Revision Notes ages 9 - 12

"Earth and Beyond" Revision Notes

There are four sections to learn about in this set of fun notes. 'Blast Off' explains what needs to be done to get astronauts into space in terms of fuel, aerodynamics of the rocket and materials of construction. 'Space Spin Offs' explains about the benefits of carrying out experiments in space and some of the items on earth that have....Read More

 


"Pluto's Secret" Game ages 9 - 14

"Pluto's Secret" Game

The aim of this space game is to collect as many orbs as you can but be sure to avod all of the craters, rocks and satellites. See how many you can....Read More

 


"Photon Pile Up" Game ages 10 - 14

"Photon Pile Up" Game

The aim of the game is to help GALEX (the Galaxy Explorer) take a great picture of a galaxy by collecting photons (especially ultraviolet Photons). Turn the GALEX so that like colours stick together and disappear. See what level you can get up....Read More

 


"Shoot a Cannonball into Orbit" Game ages 10 - 14

"Shoot a Cannonball into Orbit" Game

This game replicates some teaching by Isaac Newton (he wrote many Laws of Motion) who used an example of a cannonball being shot off a very high mountain as an example of orbiting and gravity. Use up to 5 different levels of gunpowder in the cannon to see if you can make the cannonball orbit the Earth. But be careful, gravity might bring....Read More

 


"Missions to Planet Earth" Card Game ages 10 - 15

"Missions to Planet Earth" Card Game

Play cards against the computer with a twist. You are dealt 8 cards and so is your opponent (e.g. Technology Transfer, Solo Flyer, Polar Orbit, Study the Water Cycle etc.). Play your cards on the mission slots in turns with the computer. Whoever plays the last (4th) component card for that mission wins the mission and the mission is....Read More

 


"Cosmic Colours" Game ages 11 - 16

"Cosmic Colours" Game

Choose an object from the many choices (e.g. Cassiopeia, Crab Nebula, Messier 13, Moon, Orion, Saturn, Sun, Venus, Centaurus A, Messier 51, Messier 82 or Messier 87), then choose a wavelength to observe in (e.g. radio, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, x-rays or gamma rays)....Read More

 


"Life in a greenhouse Ozone Trap 'n Zap" Game ages 11 - 16

"Life in a greenhouse Ozone Trap 'n Zap" Game

This game explains what is good Ozone and what is bad Ozone! If this sounds a little confusing, it is all about location, location, location. The aim of the Ozone Trap-n-Zap Game is to try to get a good balance of Ozone in the various layers and to do this you have to zap Ozone when it is found in the wrong layer (0km-3km and 10km-20km)....Read More

 


"Astronomy and Space Science" activity ages 11 - 14

"Astronomy and Space Science" activity

Find out some great Solar System facts in this cool activity. For example, the solar system contains such items as planets, satellites, comets and asteroids. The Milky Way has got 300 billion stars and one of these is our Sun. See if you can pick out Planet Earth! Find out the reason why Pluto used to be a planet but is no longer....Read More

 


"Astronomy and Space Science" activity ages 11 - 14

"Astronomy and Space Science" activity

Find out some great Solar System facts like it contains planets, their satellites, comets and asteroids. The Milky Way has got 300 billion stars and one of these is our Sun. See if you can pick out Planet Earth. Find out the reason why Pluto used to be a planet but is no longer considered to be one! See what happens in a Leap Year and....Read More

 


"Red Shift and Origins of the Universe" Revision Notes ages 11 - 14

"Red Shift and Origins of the Universe" Revision Notes

The Big Bang Theory is a theory about how the universe started from a Big Bang. Lots of evidence (such as cosmic microwave background radiation, CMBR) has been gathered by some scientists who believe the Universe may originally have started out as one piece of concentrated matter about 13.7 billion years ago and a huge explosion formed....Read More

 


"Life Cycle of Stars" Animated Learning Notes ages 11 - 16

"Life Cycle of Stars" Animated Learning Notes

Watch the fun video and read the accompanying notes to learn how stars are formed from gas and dust which has come together due to gravity. This results in nuclear fusion between hydrogen nuclei creating lots of energy (heat) release which is what keeps the star (such as our Sun) hot. Stars can be stable for billions of years but once....Read More

 


"Ideas about our Solar System" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Ideas about our Solar System" Revision Notes

Scientists over many centuries have postulated many theories about how the Universe works and our ideas have changed over time as we have had more and more access to better equipment (telescopes, satellites/orbiters, landers etc.). For example, Ptolemy, the Greek astronomer, had his Geocentric model with the Earth at the centre and other....Read More

 


"Exploring Space" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Exploring Space" Revision Notes

This section explains how space is split up by scientists into various component parts. The universe contains everything and contains over a billion galaxies. Each galaxy contains billions of stars which cover huge distances. A solar system is part of a galaxy and our solar system has the sun at its very centre. In addition to the sun,....Read More

 


"Seismic Waves" Activity includes interactive Quizzes ages 11 - 16

"Seismic Waves" Activity includes interactive Quizzes

The activity and the revision notes explain that the Earth, which is nominally spherically shaped, has a layered structure including the core (which is made of nickel and iron), mantle and crust (relatively thin and rocky). The crust and upper mantle are cracked into large pieces called tectonic plates. These plates move slowly, but can....Read More

 


"Stable Earth" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Stable Earth" Revision Notes

These Revision Notes include information on earthquakes, Seismic Waves (including P-waves and S-waves and how they travel through different media). They also describe how Seisometers work in order to interrogate waves giving data to help scientists learn more about the earth's structure. There is a section on the Ozone layer, explaining....Read More

 


"The Earth's sea and atmosphere" Animated Learning with in-built quiz, ages 11 - 16

"The Earth's sea and atmosphere" Animated Learning with in-built quiz,

Learn about the Earth's atmospheric content which is approximately 78% Nitrogen and 21% oxygen plus a very small amount of argon and carbon-dioxide. Then read the revision notes which shows how the percentage oxygen in the air can be measured in an experiment (don't try this at home!) by heating up copper in air. Finally, a simple carbon....Read More

 


"Collecting energy from the Sun" Learning Animation ages 11 - 16

"Collecting energy from the Sun" Learning Animation

In this animation, you can learn about many types of energy resources and their advantages and disadvantages. This includes Fossil Fuels (such as coal, oil and gas), wind turbines, solar energy from the sun using photocells, hydroelectric power and wave power etc. Also, try the animated Venus and Mars Quiz! Then read all about photo....Read More

 


"Global Warming" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Global Warming" Revision Notes

There are many greenhouse gases such as water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane and CFCs ((chlorofluorocarbons). These gases absorb some of the heat (infrared radiation) that would otherwise pass out to space and keep it in our atmosphere thus increasing temperatures. Scientific opinion is split but many scientists do believe that the....Read More

 


"Threats to earth" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Threats to earth" Revision Notes

A major collision of an asteroid or comet with Earth could have huge consequences for the planet so scientists continually monitor potential issues. A potential asteroid or comet threat to Earth is called a Near Earth Object (NEO). If a serious threat was encountered then it is feasible but technically extremely challenging to use....Read More

 


"The Big Bang Theory" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"The Big Bang Theory" Revision Notes

The Big Bang Theory was postulated by some scientists many years ago to try to explain how the Universe started about 13.7 Billion years ago in a huge explosion. The Notes help you to learn about Red Shift (helium absorption in light spectra) and how it can help scientists explain how some galaxies seem to be moving away from our galaxy.....Read More

 


"Satellites, gravity and circular motion" Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Satellites, gravity and circular motion" Revision Notes

In these Revision Notes, Centripetal force and gravity are explained in relation to why planets orbit the Sun. Gravity is defined as a force of attraction between masses. A fascinating page explains all about natural satellites and artificial satellites. Then there is a demo of how Orbits work and a Satellite in Geostationary Orbit....Read More

 


"Earth, stars, galaxies and space" Animated Learning and Revision Notes ages 11 - 16

"Earth, stars, galaxies and space" Animated Learning and Revision Notes

In the animation learn how a star is born and about our own Sun. Our Sun is just one of over a billion stars in the Milky Way (which is our own galaxy). Gravity is explained along with a demo of the planets and a quick quiz is included at the end! In the revision notes, learn about typical distances involved in space ( e.g. the Earth's....Read More

 


"How the Earth is changing" Animation ages 11 - 16

"How the Earth is changing" Animation

In the animation you will learn how the Earth is made up. It also states that tiny movements of the earth's mantle around tectonic plates help explain volcano eruptions and even the drift of continents. Alfred Wegener was a German Scientist whose theory of tectonic plates and continental drift took a very long time for other scientists....Read More

 


"Naked eye astronomy" Revision Notes ages 14 - 16

"Naked eye astronomy" Revision Notes

It might surprise you to know that you can carry out a reasonable amount of astronomy with your naked eye! Yes, you don't even need a telescope to see some of the closest planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury). The lunar cycle, solar eclipses and lunar eclipses are all explained too. For higher tier students, the difference....Read More

 


"Mapping the universe" Revision Notes ages 14 - 16

"Mapping the universe" Revision Notes

Read how parallax works to make it appear some closer stars are moving compared to others. One of the astronomer's units of distance is explained (the parsec). Typically, the distance between stars tends to be a few parsecs. The distances between galaxies are measures in Mega Parsecs or Mpc. For example, the distance between our own....Read More

 


"The sun and other stars" Revision Notes ages 14 - 16

"The sun and other stars" Revision Notes

This section gives information on Radiation from stars, Electron energy transitions, Absolute zero and the Kelvin temperature scale, gas laws, pressure/volume/temperature relationships, nuclear fusion in stars, Energy transfers in stars, The life cycle of a star, The Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (temperature vs....Read More

 


"The astronomy community" Revision Notes ages 14 - 16

"The astronomy community" Revision Notes

This section gives information on how modern day astronomy works. Some of the best observatories on earth are located at remote places with little air pollution or light pollution, frequent cloudless nights and high altitudes. Places such as Chile, Hawaii, Australia and the Canary Islands are amongst the favourites. Details about how....Read More

 

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