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To obtain your Astonomy badge you need to complete enough activities to gain 20 *



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Activity
3*
use the projection method to observe the sun with a small telescope. make sketches for a fortnight showing the positions of the sun spots. Work out how long it takes the sun to turn once on its axis.
1*
Design and construct a simple apparatus to demonstrate the difference between a solar and lunar eclipse
1*
write a report for your school newspaper or magazine about a recent astronomical event
2*
starting 2 days after a new moon and continuing until a full moon, make sketches of the phases of the moon. try to observe it every second day.
1*
Each day for 2 weeks record from newspapers or similar the times of sunset and moonset. expalin the changes you observe
1*
Visit a planetarium and write a report or talk to the class about it
1*
Visit an observatory for an evening and write a report or talk to the class about it
1*
Draw diagrams to show the diference between reflecting and refracting telescopes
1*
Sketch and name the constellations that contain the stars Alpha Centauri, Canopus, Chernar and Formalhaut. Label the 4 stars
2*
Name each of the 9 known planets in the solar system and describe the main difference between planets and stars
2*
write an explanation of what gives stars their colours. Pick and name 3 stars of different colours and find out how hot each one is
3*
make a photograph of star trails
1*
Find out about a famous astronomer, eg Galileo, Newton, Copernicus or Kepler. Write a brief account of their life
2*
make a poster showing the mission of one of the planetary space probes eg Voyager
1*
describe using a poster or chart the life cycle of a star
1*
Write about black holes
1*
write about planetary nebulae, novae and supernovae
1*
write an expalantion of how you can find south by using the stars
3*
make a scale model of the solar system
3*
Using a shadow stick record the length of its shadow every hour over one day. Write a report of your observations
1*
Write a fiction or non-fiction story about living in a space station
1*
Make a poster which expalins the differences between comets, meteors, asteroids and meteorites
1*
write a short story about living one one of the other planets in the solar system
3*
Record the position where the Sun sets on the horizon over a period of one month. Mark the position on a map of your horizon



1*
explain why the Sun appears to move across the sky



1*
Make a wall chart to show why some stars are brighter than others




2*

make drawings of 3 different types of galaxies with an explanation of each one

2*

Some stars vary in brightness. Find out what they are and write a paragraph about from

3*

Construct a simple astronomical telescope and measure the magnification

1*

Write down the meanings of lightyear, astronomical unit, escape velocity

3*

Using a ruler and 2 pieces of card, measure the sun's diameter. write a report. Do not look at the sun directly as it may damage your eyes