Did you know that tens of thousands of years before the first telescope was invented, Australian aboriginals were using the stars, planets and constellations to tell the time and predict the seasons? Arnhem Land’s Yolngu people have ancestral narratives about tides, eclipses, the rising and setting of the Sun, Moon and planets.
Australian Aboriginal Astronomy
Aboriginal Astronomy from ThinkQuest
Aboriginal astronomers: world’s oldest? from Australian Geographic
Learning Intention: To understand how technology has contributed to our knowledge of our solar system and beyond and to be able to describe the characteristics of planets and other objects in space.
Success Criteria: You will be able to list and describe our sun and it’s terrestrial planets and gas giants, as well as asteroids, comets, meteorites and other space objects. You will be able to list and describe some of the inventions and equipment that has enabled us to probe space and gather and send back data.
We are starting a new unit of work, looking at our Solar System, which consists of our nearest star (the Sun) and the eight planets that orbit it. Your first task is to list as many different space-related objects from the picture above, that you know the names of. Then go to this scavenger hunt and download the questions. You will find the answers at the Solar Systems and Planets page at the Science.spot KidZone. You may also find some answers at The Nine Planets; “Our Solar System” and “Amazing Space”
When you have finished these directed questions, you are asked to produce a digital product that answers one of the following open-ended questions:
1. How has technology contributed to human understanding of how the earth formed and our planet in relation to the solar system? Make sure you describe some of the inventions that have helped us to discover more about the planets.
2. What do you think would be required to make it possible for humans to survive on other planets? Make sure you describe the environmental conditions on at least two different planets.
Your work can be presented as a slideshow, video, e-poster or magazine article. Please leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog where you have embedded your Slideshow using Slideshare.
Jade’s blog post
Jasmine’s blog post
Elektra’s blog post
Jobe’s blog post
Tobie’s blog post
Sam’s blog post
Messiah’s blog post
Tayla’s blog post
Chris G.’s blog post
Emalee’s blog post
Helen’s blog post
Alex’s blog post
Ocean Sky from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.
Astronomy and photography enthusiast Alex Cherney spent 31 hours over six nights shooting this series of photographs. The resulting 2.5 minute time-lapse video was named the overall winner of this year’s STARMUS astro-photography competition.