Space – resources and stuff

20 Jan

For the past couple of weeks we’ve been mainly talking about space, the solar system, that kind of thing.  We’ve been painting a model of the solar system we bought from The Works, and reading the Stars and Planets book we also bought from there.  E’s favourite subjects are Mars and Jupiter and she has been absorbing all sorts of fascinating facts about them.  Last friday we all went to At Bristol for their Toddler Takeover Day, and B took E to the planetarium show of The Winter Sky at Night.  She came out with even more facts.

We also watched with interest the BBC Stargazing LIVE series a couple of weeks ago, and are finding their website fascinating.  We were given a nice shiny copy of the accompanying BBC Star Guide when we visited At Bristol’s planetarium. I want to try all the suggestions in this activity pack too, they look fun!

I also asked on Twitter for some online resources that anyone may have, and was sent this exercise for visualising just how huge our solar system is, which we are going to do with our home ed group in a couple of weeks time 🙂

After watching, reading and talking about all these things, we were looking at a picture of Earth from above, showing the stars behind it, and E had one of her lightbulb moments. Oh, she said, we live on Earth.  Are we in space?  Is Earth in space? Wow!

It finally all clicked into place.


I asked again on Twitter and received some really useful links to online resources:

The JASON Project – I’ve only had a quick skim through, but its chock full of interesting science-related info

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Dr Jeff’s Blog on the Universe – again, I’ve only skimmed through this site, but loads of ideas and videos to inspire!

Thanks @liveotherwise and @Alternicity for these 🙂

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