The First Quarter Moon

Astronomy: Changes in the Sky

Learners will dive deep into space during this program, where they will use real astronomy tools to uncover the secrets of the solar system. This hands-on workshop will see your class use a projection telescope to show that the Sun moves, and explore the short term changes in the sky using Sydney Observatory’s digital planetarium. Learners will also use an in-house designed augmented reality app to investigate the changing shape of the Moon and determine its phase on their birthday. If weather permits, learners will even look through a professional telescope to see objects in the sky – who knows, they might spot Mars! In addition, your class will also explore how humans’ understanding of the solar system has changed throughout history using the Observatory’s digital planetarium.

Please note: 5:00 pm session only available May through July, 6:30 pm session only available April through September.


Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Sydney Observatory venue page, including:

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Learning Resources

Curriculum Links

NSW Incorporating Australian Curriculum

Link Description
ST1-1VAshows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities
ST1-4WSinvestigates questions and predictions by collecting and recording data, sharing and reflecting on their experiences and comparing what they and others know
ST1-8ESdescribes some observable changes that occur in the sky and landscape
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