Eclipse Activities

Simulate an eclipse using differently sized balls at different distances. Extensions include why there is not an eclipse every month and lunar eclipses. MS Word (.doc) version (184KB).

Simulate an eclipse using differently sized balls at different distances. Extensions include why there is not an eclipse every month and lunar eclipses. PDF version. (90KB).

Calculate relative sizes and make a model of the Sun, Earth and Moon to demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. MS Word (.doc) version. (144MB)

Calculate relative sizes and make a model of the Sun, Earth and Moon to demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. PDF version. (94KB).

Use the mathematics of similar triangles to investigate the relative apparent sizes of the Sun and the Moon and investigate eclipses. MS Word (.doc) version. (390KB)

Use the mathematics of similar triangles to investigate the relative apparent sizes of the Sun and the Moon and investigate eclipses. PDF version. (92KB).

Follow a tutorial on astronomical simulation software to investigate celestial objects and astronomical phenomena. This activity should be undertaken before AT05, AT07 and AT21. MS Word (.doc) version. (595KB)

Follow a tutorial on astronomical simulation software to investigate celestial objects and astronomical phenomena. This activity should be undertaken before AT05 AT07 and AT21. PDF version. (144KB).

Use Stellarium and Celestia simulation software to investigate partial and total lunar eclipses. AT04 should be completed before doing the Stellarium part. MS Word (.doc) version. (166KB)

Use Stellarium simulation software to investigate partial and total lunar eclipses. AT04 should be completed before doing the Stellarium part.PDF version. (98KB)

Learn eclipse terminology using crossword puzzles. Separate exercises for years 3 - 6; years 7 - 10 and years 11 - 12.  Word (.doc) version. (266KB)

Learn eclipse terminology using crossword puzzles. Separate exercises for years 3 - 6; years 7 - 10 and years 11 - 12.  PDF version. (141KB)

 

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WARNING.  Never look directly at the bright surface of the Sun without suitable eye protection as permanent eye damage may result. This applies at any time and especially during the partial phases of a solar eclipse. Refer to “How to observe the Sun safely”.

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