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Astronomy - Unit 4 (Chapters 22 - 25 in our textbook)

Astronomy - Unit 4 (Chapters 22 - 25 in our textbook)

Author: Nate Holz

This lesson looks at...

  • The Earth-Moon System
  • The Moon
  • The Solar System
  • Asteroids
  • Spectroscopy
  • The Sun
  • Birth & Death of Stars
  • The Universe

This is a big unit covering chapters 22 through 25 in our text book. This lesson uses 8 powerpoint mini lessons and several video clips.

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ASAP Science: Can We Survive the Sun's Death

Does humanity stand a chance against our sun's ultimate fate?

Source: Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).

Introduction to the Life of Stars

This is a new high definition (HD) dramatic video choreographed to powerful music that introduces the viewer/student to the life cycle of stars. It is designed as a motivational "trailer" to be shown by teachers in Physical Science, Earth Science and Astronomy classrooms in middle school, high school and college as a visual Introduction to the solar forces that shape our universe..

Source: Frank Gregorio

The Amazing of Gumball

Solar system spoof

Introduction to Astonomy

Welcome to the first episode of Crash Course Astronomy. Your host for this intergalactic adventure is the Bad Astronomer himself, Phil Plait. We begin with answering a question: "What is astronomy?"

Source: Crash Course - Phil Plait

Unit 3 Assignments (Astronomy)

Source: Bob Grove

The Giants of Early Astronomy: An Introduction...

A ppt that summarizes section 22.1 of our text.

Source: Bob Grove

Part 1 - The Earth-Moon-Sun System

This powerpoint looks at chapter 22 in our book. We will learn about the motions of the Earth, how Earth's seasons come about, and the phases of the moon.

Part 2 - The Moon

A powerpoint look at the Moon from its phases, eclipses, and general features.

Source: Bob Grove

Part 3 - The Solar System (A Quick Tour)

A powerpoint that gives a 'quick' look at the solar system - good pics and only a brief amount of data given on the planet - use more to generate a discussion on the ss.

Source: Modified by me from an unknown author

How to Make a Quick and Easy 8 Page Mini-Book From One Piece of Paper

We will make an 8 page mini-book detailing information about our solar system

Source: Simple and Easy Projects

Part 4 - Asteroids

A ppt that looks at asteroids, meteoroids, meteors, meteorites and how we study them. The consequences of not studying "near earth objects" is also discussed.

Source: Modified by me from an unknown author

Part 5 - Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

This ppt looks at the properties of light and the EM spectrum as a whole

Source: Modified from

Part 6 - The Sun

A powerpoint from Christine Shupla that provides a good discussion of our nearest star, the sun

Source: Christine Shupla,

Part 7 - The Birth & Death of Stars

A ppt that looks at how a star forms and the various ways that it can die.

Source: modified from unknown author

Part 8 - The Milkyway

This ppt looks at our own Milkyway, some properties of stars, galaxy types, and a short discussion on the fate of our universe.

Source: Credit & Copyright Barney Magrath (modified from)

Frank Gregorio's Cool video clip: Introduction to Astronomy

A "movie trailer" like introduction to astronomy with dynamic music

Source: Frank Gregorio

Star Size Comparison

A cool video clip that compares the sizes of planets and stars.

Really Big Stars

Another youtube video giving a size comparison of planets and stars - it's good

Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot

Just an awesome video clip...

Source: Carl Sagan

The effects of a large meteor strike on earth explained in extreme detail

The effects of a large meteor strike on earth explained in extreme detail

Asteroid Strike: K-T Impact Event

An animation showing the strike that took out the dinosaurs.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum

Short video clip on the EM band or spectrum

The Electromagnetic Spectrum Song

An original song or music video on the EM Spectrum

Source: Emerson Foo & Wong Yann