Activities

Agent Exoplanet

Use the Agent Exoplanet interface to measure changes in the brightness of a star as an orbiting exoplanet transits. Contribute measurements to the Agent Exoplanet community. Describe an exoplanet light curve and its relationship to the physical process causing it.

Calculating the Age of Solar System Objects

Author: Sarah Greenstreet and Sarah Eve Roberts

How old are the objects within our Solar System? One method scientists use to answer this important question is counting the number of craters on their surface. This information, combined with the time it takes for craters to form on each body, gives us a strong estimate how old the object is. In this activity students will put this method into practise to calculate the age of five bodies within our Solar System.

Craters in the classroom

After carrying out this activity, students will understand the effect the mass, velocity and angle of an impacting object has on the resulting crater, in terms of diameter, depth and ejecta rays, and relate this information to the craters on the surfaces of Earth and the Moon.

Create a Hubble Tuning Fork diagram

In this activity you will create stunning colour images of galaxies and add them to the Tuning Fork template to recreate the famous Hubble image.

Down2Earth: Making Impact Craters

The aim of this activity is to understand the effect the mass and velocity of an impacting object has on the resulting crater, in terms of diameter, depth and ejecta rays and relate this information to the craters on the surfaces of Earth and the Moon.

How Big is the Solar System?

How long would it take to travel to the Moon? Could you travel to the edge of the Solar System and beyond? In this activity students learn about the size of the Solar System, beginning with the Earth and Moon and reaching out to encompass the entire Solar System.

How to Create Stunning Colour Images of the Cosmos (Using GIMP)

This guide will show you how to create beautiful colour images using free software that can be downloaded from the Internet.

How to Create Stunning Colour Images of the Cosmos (Using Photoshop)

This article will tell you how to use Adobe Photoshop to make high quality color images with your astronomical data.

How to Create Stunning Colour Images of the Cosmos (Using Pixlr)

This guide will show you how to create beautiful colour astronomical images, using a free web app called Pixlr. 

How to Find Images Using the LCO Science Archive

There are many thousands of astronomical data files in our archive. We've created an archive search page that lets you limit your search by different attributes. This guide will walk you through the steps to finding the images you want.

Measure the diameter of the Sun

In this activity you will measure how fast the Sun moves to caclulate how big the Sun appears in the sky. All you need are some household items and about 20 minutes on a sunny day.

Play Bingo with Charles Messier

Play a game of bingo and learn about the many wonders of the cosmos!

Plotting an Asteroid Light Curve

One of the things we hope to learn through observation of near-Earth objects is their exact rotation rate. We can do by taking a series of observations of the object over time, and plotting the change in brightness. Using Asteroid Tracker you can help collect observations of interesting NEO targets, then plot and interpret your data to measure the rotation period of an asteroid.

Preparing an Observation Request on LCO

Students will carry out an observing session on the LCO robotic telescope network, using astronomical catalogues and planetarium software to determine target objects suitable for observation with the instruments available, within the allotted time window. Students will select appropriate observation parameters including filters and exposure times.

Star in a Box

Have you ever wondered what happens to the different stars in the night sky as they get older? This activity lets you explore the life-cycle of stars.

Star in a Box (Paper-based)

Have you ever wondered what happens to stars as they get older? This activity lets you explore the lifecycle of stars. In this activity you will explore the evolution of stars with different masses.