Category: Education

Planetarium presentations at Science in ACTion 2017 school day

August 12, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 12 August 2017) A big thanks to Ingrid McCarthy (Inspiring Australia ACT) for making it possible for me to be at the 2017 Science in ACTion school day yesterday (Friday 11 August 2017). It was a great day with school groups from a diverse range of schools across the ACT taking part in […]

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Registration fee for March STEM / Astronomy and Space Science conference reduced

January 23, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 23 January 2017) The conference conveners have announced that the registration fee for the Cosmic Stars 2017 ACT Astronomy and Space Science Education Conference has been dramatically reduced. This has been made possible thanks to the wonderful support of the conference’s major sponsors Inspiring Australia and Teachers Mutual Bank. Don’t forget that each […]

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Rocket launcher / Educator needed for 2017 ACT Astronomy and Space Science Education Conference

January 19, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 19 January 2017) Unfortunately, I have just found out that the local rocketry association is no longer able to present at this March’s Cosmic Stars 2017 ACT Astronomy and Space Science Education Conference (external link to conference website). They were going to present on the topic ‘Model and amateur rocketry in Science, Technology, Engineering […]

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(Free) February – April 2017 ‘Amazing Space!’ student newsletter now available

January 10, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 10 January 2017) The February – April 2017 issue of my ‘Amazing Space!’ student newsletter / A3 poster can now be downloaded from this page. Contents: Mars and Jupiter finder charts (no telescope required). Information on the 11 February 2017 occultation of the star Regulus by the Moon (binoculars recommended due to brightness […]

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2020 Jupiter Saturn Planetary Conjunction poster

October 25, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

In December 2020, the planets Jupiter and Saturn will appear to almost merge as one to the unaided eye. The planets have not been this close since July 1623*. Owners of small telescopes will be able to view both Jupiter and Saturn simultaneously in the same eyepiece view. Don’t miss this ‘once in a […]

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Measuring the sky ‘Cross staff angle measurer’

October 21, 2016 | By | 1 Comment

How do you measure where objects are in the night sky? To do this, astronomers possibly two thousand years ago adopted the degree as their unit of measurement. No one is sure which country the degree originated from or even why. Regardless of that, astronomers (and mathematicians) all agree that a complete rotation […]

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(Free) On-line ‘Earth & Space Science’ P.D. opportunity 27 February 2016

January 19, 2016 | By | 3 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 19 January 2016) I am looking for 9 teachers interesting in taking part in a free online Australian Curriculum (Science) workshop titled ‘Exploring my Universe Collecting data first hand in 2016’. I am running the workshop to see how practical it is to offer Australia wide training using Google Hangout as the communication […]

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Horizon sunrise and sunset horizon recording chart

January 15, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

On this page, you can download a southern hemisphere ‘Sunrise and sunset horizon recording Chart’. The PDF version has a second page with sample answers provided for the Gold Coast, Queensland. Further information about how to use the chart is on it. Download the chart: Horizon_sunrise_and_sunset_recording_chart You are free to reproduce and distribute this resource […]

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Weird star ….or why is that star changing colour?

November 10, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 10 November 2015) I occasionally get emails (like the one below) about why a star near the horizon is changing colour. Googling the question gets you the answer of atmospheric turbulence (ie wind in the upper atmosphere). Click here for a sample result. When visiting schools in Canberra with the planetarium I use, […]

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Tin Can Planetarium – 4th Grade (U.S.A.) Project Questions Answered

October 25, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 25 October 2015) I received the below email from a teacher about making Tin Can Planetariums. Given my Tin Can pinhole planetarium is a very popular download, I wanted to share my response. Her email (with name and location deleted) is as follows: Hello Paul, I am a 4th grade teacher at […]

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