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Crash Landing
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In this activity we want families to start thinking about the Moon as a real place. There is no right answer to the challenge, although some answers are better than others. The activity helps families to think about the environment on the Moon so they can determine what they would need for survival on the lunar surface. Families pick items from a list provided, those they want to keep to help survive a crash landing on the Moon. Teamwork is essential in this activity since different members of the family may know different things about either the Moon or science. By pooling their knowledge, families are more likely to come up with the best answers.

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Astronomy
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Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Date Added:
08/08/2022
Exploring Lunar Phases with a Daytime Moon
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Many people hold preconceptions about the reasons behind the phases of the Moon. Many think the phases are caused by the shadow of the Earth on the Moon or by shadows passing in front of the Moon. This activity creates a model with the real Moon and Sun in the sky to help participants discover the real reason for the lunar phases.

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Astronomy
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Activity/Lab
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Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Date Added:
08/08/2022
Galaxy Sorting
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Students are divided into groups and, after being introduced to galaxies in general, are given 20 galaxy images to sort into categories of their own devising. The groups then compare notes about their sorting criteria and learn more about what the different visual characteristics of galaxies imply.

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Astronomy
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Activity/Lab
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Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Date Added:
08/08/2022