Collection of lesson plans teaching concepts about space, including stars, galaxies, planets, the sun, the universe and the solar system.

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This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Astronomy 230: Northern Lights, Northern Skies course. In this lesson, you will learn how to identify components of the solar system, and how to describe the structure of solar system.
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Unit 9 - Lesson 2: The Big Bang

by Athabasca University

This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Astronomy 230: Northern Lights, Northern Skies course. In this lesson, you will learn how to explain briefly the Big Bang theory, and how to describe the available evidence supporting the Big Bang theory.
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This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Astronomy 230: Northern Lights, Northern Skies course. In this lesson, you will learn how to define the study of cosmology, how to explain how the distance to a galaxy can be determined using Cepheid variables and red shift, how to state the estimated age of the universe, and how to discuss end of the universe scenarios.
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This lesson and follow-up introduces students to our current understanding of the Universe, the structure of our solar system, and basic planetary motion.
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This activity attempts to help students visualize the enormity of the solar system, both in terms of distance and relative size of the planets. The students literally walk through the solar system and examine model planets and distances that are accurately scaled to known sizes and distances in our solar system.
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The Sun

by Meredith Beaton

This lesson and assessment provides students with an in-depth exploration of the sun. There are a variety of images and videos included with the lesson. The assessment asks students to answer a few questions based on the lesson and apply their knowledge to creating a labeled model of the sun.
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A 5E lesson on developing a scale model of the solar system (both size and distance) using basic algbra.
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Unit 8 - Lesson 1: The Milky Way

by Athabasca University

This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Astronomy 230: Northern Lights, Northern Skies course. In this lesson, you will learn how to describe the nature of the Milky Way galaxy, and how to compare the different regions of the Milky Way.
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Investigations into the Size and Distances of the Planets. Student participate in hands-on activities to create their own scale model of the planets.
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In this lesson students explore the Milankovich Cycles and their affects on Earth's climate through thier changes.
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This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Astronomy 230: Northern Lights, Northern Skies course. In this lesson, you will learn how to define and give examples of deep-sky objects, how to discuss why galaxies are so challenging to observe, and how to explain the purpose of the Messier Catalogue.
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Unit 8 - Lesson 2: Other Galaxies

by Athabasca University

This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Astronomy 230: Northern Lights, Northern Skies course. In this lesson, you will learn how to distinguish between the different classifications of galaxies, how to discuss the evolutionary theories of galaxies, and how to predict the evolution of the Milky Way galaxy.
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Unit 1: The Night Sky - Lesson 5: Constellations
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This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Astronomy 230: Northern Lights, Northern Skies course. In this lesson, you will learn how to describe the concept of the celestial sphere, and how to describe circumpolar motion.
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This lesson is part of the Athabasca University Astronomy 230: Northern Lights, Northern Skies course. In this lesson, you will learn how to describe the advantages of the altitude-azimuth system of reference and the equatorial coordinate system of reference, and how to describe how to determine the location of a star in the sky using both the altitude-azimuth system and the equatorial coordinate system.
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