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AIM FOR THE SUN & GET TO THE MOON

Map how far the sun is from the moon

Suitable For

Grade 4

Difficulty

2

Time Required

 <1 Hour

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies) and other phenomena that originate outside the Earth’s atmosphere. Astronomers are very clever people and they can tell us a lot about the heavenly bodies around us.

They tell us that the moon’s diameter is only about one quarter of the size of the earth’s diameter, but in turn the Sun’s is more than one hundred times bigger in diameter than the earth. The moon is approximately 380,000 km from the earth and the sun is about 1,500,000,000 km away from the earth. It is very difficult to interpret and understand what these distances mean, but the following science experiment should shed some light on the above:

Topics covered

Celestial objects

What will I need?

  • PENCIL
  • STIFF PAPER
  • A PAIR OF COMPASSES
  • A FRIEND

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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In the above science experiment we have in fact built a scale model of the three celestial objects most known to us. A scale model is a physical model, a representation or copy of an object that is larger or smaller than the actual size of the actual object, but is in proportion.

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