Astronomy Collection

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This course has been designed to present astronomy and space science within a Canadian context. Unique phenomenon and astronomical events particular to Canada's northern latitude are highlighted and discussed. The course is divided into ten Unit modules. These are: The Night Sky; Planets and Orbits; Tools of the Astronomer; Earth, Moon, and Sun; Earth's Atmosphere; The Sun as a Star; Space Flight; Galaxies; Cosmology; Canadian Astronomy. Each Unit contains various self-directed Lessons designed to present the specific topics. Select multimedia elements and hands-on "try it" activities have been included to help augment the content.
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This page provides information about the overall scope and sequence for this astronomy unit. It provides a detailed overview of the structure of the unit, the number of days spent on each lesson, and the standards met by the unit. It also provides information about content integration with art, mathematics, and history.
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This lesson includes an introduction to the scientific revolution and poses the guiding questions for this unit of study, how do math and science contribute to progress and what exactly is progress? This lesson also introduces students to the concepts to be covered in the unit: A Tour of the Universe as well as the ideas of Socrates and Pythagoras.
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This lesson and follow-up presents students with information about the two ways Earth moves through the solar system as well as our position in the solar system and asks students to explore how our movement and/or position effect the seasons we experience on Earth.
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Ellipses

by Meredith Beaton

This lesson and assessment introduce students to ellipses, their properties, and the connections to planetary 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 identify what causes days and years, how to describe the structure and reasons for time zones, and how to describe what causes the seasons.
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